‘Tis the season for new smart phone announcements, especially from Verizon. Closely following the launch of the Motorola Droid X2 and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play over the past two days, Verizon Wireless announced today that the new HTC Trophy will be going on sale online on May 26th for $149.99 with a two-year contract after a $50 rebate. AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile have offered Windows Phone 7 handsets for sometime, but this will be a first for Verizon Wireless.
The HTC Trophy features a 3.8-inch WVGA touchscreen, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, and 16 GB of storage space. Additionally, the global ready feature will allow customers to use voice and data services in over 200 countries with over 125 of those supporting with 3G speeds, making it ideal for travelers.
Other notable features include a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, which supports 720p HD video capture. Enjoying music and movies is also better with integrated SRS WOW HD surround sound. While there is no 4G LTE connectivity, the HTC Trophy at least has 802.11 b/g/n WiFi for getting faster network speeds when at home. Other standard goodies such as access to the Windows Phone Market, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Office come standard.
As an extra perk, anyone who buys a HTC Trophy before July 15th will get a Xbox 360 console game for free. Available games are Halo: Reach, Kinect Sports, and Lode Runner. The HTC Trophy will hit Verizon Wireless stores on June 2. It will be interesting to see how it holds up, considering all the hype that’s around some of its competitors.
We reviewed the Sprint HTC Arrive, which runs on the latest Windows Phone 7 operating system, earlier this year and had a great experience. An upcoming Windows Phone 7.5 ‘Mango’ update will bring multitasking, a new browser, and many more features very soon. Customers who pick up a HTC Trophy will just have to hope that Microsoft will ship an update for them sooner than later.
Editor’s Note: Sahas Katta contributed to this article as well.