We reported earlier today that the HTC Titan is finally available for European customers interested in the handset. As the first users bring their Titans home, we’re learning a little more about the phone from their observations, including the discovery that the Titan does not use an internal microSD card for storage, but has higher-speed Samsung eMMC NAND flash.
The inclusion of microSD cards in WP7 handsets was always a bit odd, since users were never intended to casually swap them around, as Android owners do. While the presence of a hard-wired NAND chip means the possibility for upgrading the memory is totally gone, if users weren’t likely to attempt such a feat in the first place, why not just go with the faster NAND? We haven’t yet seen any hard figures about read/write performance, but they should confirm the chip’s speed.
It’s a bit odd that someone had to actually open up their Titan for this news to be known after all, if it improves device performance, shouldn’t HTC be shouting its praises in its press release announcing the Titan? Admittedly, the difference between this and a microSD card might be esoteric to most WP7 buyers, but that’s what spec sheets are for!