The most prominent feature of the HTC Titan was it’s size.  It was huge. HTC just announced the Titan II, which at first glance doesn’t appear all that different: same screen size, same processor, possibly the same 512MB of RAM (unknown as of yet, will confirm tonight). But there are two major changes that make it an upgrade, but not quite a new and improved phone: the camera to a whopping 16MP (which is more than most DSLRs and Point and Shoots), with an f/2.6 lens (pretty damn fast, but not the fastest for smartphones), and it’ll also be the first LTE Windows phone.

This is both great and sad. On the one hand, the Titan II will pave the way for very high density photos on smartphones, and it also opens up the playing field for Windows Phone 7 devices to come standard with LTE. Yet with the same processor, same build and design, and same everything else, it’s not even a new phone really. Hell, even with a 16MP camera it only shoots 720p video.It’s more like the Titan 1.5, like HTC wants to phase out the older model (only a few months old still) in favor of features it left out in the first place.

I’ll check ou the Titan later tonight, so stay tuned for a hands-on. The Titan II is expected to release “within the next few months”.

James Pikover

Spawned in the horrendous heat of a Los Angeles winter, James was born with an incessant need to press buttons. Whether it was the car radio, doorbells on Halloween or lights, James pushed, pressed and prodded every button. No elevator was left unscathed, no building intercom was left un-rung, and no person he’s known has been left un-annoyed.