With a 4.7-inch screen, the “Titan” announced today by HTC and Microsoft has the largest screen of any Windows Phone device yet, but seeing it in all its glory above made it difficult not to pine for just a few more inches to make this thing into a true tablet.

Of course, we’ll be seeing tablets that look a lot like this whenever Microsoft comes out with Windows 8 and its Windows Phone-style start screen, but devices like this show just how silly it’s becoming to draw a hard line between the tablet and smartphone markets.

But that’s not how Microsoft sees it, at least not for now.

“We view a tablet as a sort of PC,” explained Microsoft’s Andy Lees in July. “We want people to be able to do the sorts of things that they expect on a PC on a tablet, things like networking to be able to connect to networks, and utilize networking tools, to get USB drives and plot them into the tablet. To be able to do things like printing, all of the things using Office, using all of the things you would expect from a PC and provide a hybrid about how you can do that with the tablet, as well.”

Maybe that’s true for some people, but millions of iPad users would disagree. And if that Windows Phone device above were available with a 9-inch screen — minus the phone and at a reasonable price — I would buy it, (particularly based on my generally positive experience with Windows Phone so far). And I have a hunch a lot of other people would, too.

More details on the Titan and another new Windows Phone device, the HTC Radar, in this CNet hands on. Among other things, they have front-facing cameras, confirming reports that the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” update supports that functionality.

The new HTC phones are due out in October in Europe and Asia. No word yet on U.S. availability, pricing, or carriers.

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  • Guest

    Yeah. Not allowing WP7 on tablets was a dumb move. It would have helped the WP7 platform gain developers and given MS and its partners at least something to compete against iPad with until W8 gets here. Now Apple has run away with the market and Android is the strong #2. It’s mobile redux. And it’s still not certain that W8 won’t make too many compromises and therefore be uncompetitive. While I think tablet OSes will evolve over time and eventually be indistinguishable from PC OSes (besides the UI and reliance on touch), MS shouldn’t have waited.

    • Anonymous

      You have to understand that it is about MS’s bottom line as much as it was about User Experience.  Let’s face it, MS only makes $15 per windows phone OS and anywhere from $50 to $150 for Windows 7. Its a no brainer. This is a huge revenue stream for MS especially from corporate upgrades. To loose that amount of money would cut into the other projects that are subsidized and being developed by MS.  There are other reasons as well such as having a full OS and its features, enterprise manageability, training, and a number of other reasons that weighed into the decision, but I’m sure profit for the OS is a big one.

      • Guest

        Speculation != fact. And MS discounted XP down to $15-20 to win back the netbook market. A lost sale to iPad = $0 for MS.

  • Anonymous

    Though without dedicated hardware it isn’t official, but I did give my parents a HD2 with WP7 on it without a Sim and my mom has especially come to use it nearly every day to browse the web, check her e-mail, and even enjoy some Netflix. With a 4.7″ screen the new Titan comes dangerously close to being a completely capable tablet. 

    The Size is comfortable, you have all the connectivity you would want, and come Mango, the apps list will explode. 

    Time will tell but I think Microsoft really wants to try with Windows 8 on tablets which may also turn out to be awesome. (I for one am looking forward to one) 

    Once everything is in full swing, making a WT8 out of Windows Phone may happen as well for say lower end, more compact, tablets. :/ 

  • Yetter

    I agree with MS 100%.  The only reason I haven’t gotten an iPad is that it isn’t functional at all without a desktop.  I want my tablet to be my laptop, not just another accessory I have to carry around with me

    • http://geekwire.com Todd Bishop

      That’s interesting. I bet you’re an exception. The way things are shaking out, the natural progression seems to be notebook, tablet, phone, with each serving a distinct role.

      But hey, to each his own.

      • ted

        And I think its only that way because, so far, desktop OSes have had terrible tablet UI’s. Windows 8 looks truly great and intuitive.

        We shall see.

    • Tjeffries2000

      Todd, I tink you are wrong Yetter speeks for most biz people

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