HTC has hit back at internet reports that claim its flagship Windows Phone 7 HTC HD7 handsets is beset with antenna 'death grip' problems, similar to those experienced by Apple’s iPhone 4 users.
A number of YouTube videos show the HTC HD7 cutting out when the user holds the base of the device.
In a statement, an HTC spokesman said: ‘Quality in industrial design is of key importance to HTC. To ensure the best possible signal strength, antennas are placed in the area least likely to be covered by a person's face or hands while the phone is in use.’
He added: ‘However, it is inevitable that a phone's signal strength will weaken a little when covered in its entirety by a user's palm or fingers. We test all of our phones extensively and are confident that under normal circumstances reception strength and performance will be more than sufficient for the operation of the phone when network coverage is also adequate.’
O2 recently cut an exclusive deal with HTC for the HTC HD7 smartphone.
The handset, powered by Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 OS, launched in October with O2 on a £40 per month two year tariff and on pay-as-you-go for £379.
The HD7 comes with the biggest screen and memory of all Windows Phone 7 smartphones launched to date. It boasts a 4.3-inch touch-screen and 16GB of memory. It also packs a 1GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 processor and a five-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and HD video recording.
The phone is aimed at consumer and business users and the gaming community.