HTC, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of smartphones, has announced that its upcoming HTC Desire Z Android-based smartphone will be available from Bell Mobility in coming weeks.

The company says the Android 2.2 (Froyo) powered device will be the first smartphone in Canada offering download speeds up to 14.4 megabits per second.

Features of the new HTC smartphone include a: 800MHz Qualcomm 7230 processor; pop-out QWERTY keyboard; 3.7" WVGA touch display; 5 megapixel camera and flash; 720p HD video capture; 14.4 mbps HSPA+ data and 802.11n; Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR; ability to become a Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot (connect up to 8 devices); microSD memory card slot; and Adobe 10.1 Flash player enabled.

The device is also loaded with the newest HTC Sense user interface which offers a number of additional features such as the ability to locate a missing phone by triggering the handset to ring loudly, even if it is set to silent, or to flag its location on a map. If the phone's been lost or stolen, HTC Sense lets users remotely lock the phone, forward calls and texts to another phone, send a message to the phone to arrange its return or even remotely wipe all personal data from it.

The HTC Desire Z smartphone will be available nationally in coming weeks exclusively from Bell Mobility. No pricing was announced.

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