HTC Debuts New Windows Mobile Smartphone

Taking aim at RIM’s BlackBerry, HTC has debuted its Windows Mobile-based smartphone today which comes complete with a variety of features designed to appeal to a mobile professional. The HTC S740, which is set for September release in Europe and elsewhere at a later date, comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Wi-Fi, assisted GPS, a 2.4-inch screen, MicroSD slot and downloading options that include 3G and EDGE technologies.


HTC S740 Smartphone Credit: InformationWeek

From Marin Perez at  InformationWeek:

The HTC S740 has a similar form factor to the HTC Touch Pro but it loses the touch interface. The S740 has a 12-button number pad on the face, and the slide-out, four-row QWERTY keyboard can be accessed by holding the smartphone horizontally. The S740 is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard, and mobile professionals can read and compose corporate e-mail on the device. Users will also be able to view Microsoft Office documents on the handset, as well as browse the Web with the PocketIE HTML browser.

HTC packed in multiple connection options, as the S749 has integrated Wi-Fi and is capable of having 7.2-Mbps downlink speed over 3G networks. There’s also an EDGE option for times when faster connections are unavailable.

The smartphone also sports a 3.2-megapixel camera that’s capable of recording video. There’s also built-in GPS that’s can use assisted-GPS for location-based searches, a multimedia player, and Bluetooth v. 2.0 capabilities.

The S740 has a 2.4-inch QVGA screen that’s capable of displaying 65,000 colors, and the handset has 256 MB of RAM that’s expandable via a MicroSD slot. There’s also a MiniUSB slot, built-in hands-free controls, and HTC said it can get more than 6 hours of talk time off a single charge.

This is all great but what the world is waiting for is the HTC Dream, which is expected to come complete with the Google Android platform. This product is due in September. Thoughts?

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One Comment on “HTC Debuts New Windows Mobile Smartphone”

  1. Steve Jobless Says:

    Looks good enough, but the 4-row QWERTY concerns me. I’d rather have the touch pro

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