HTC unveils three new devices

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Oct 012007
 

HTC S730

HTC held the first of two product announcements today (the second is tomorrow) and unveiled three new devices. This trio of devices further cements HTC’s position as an innovator, driving forward the development of devices that meet the needs of business and enterprise users. Each new handset showcases a tailored range of capabilities to support different types of users including those focused on cutting edge mobile computing to users that want powerful, feature-rich mobile messaging.

First, the HTC SHift finally gets its formal announcement. The HTC Shift ushers in a new era in mobile computing as one of the first mobile computers globally to offer Microsoft Windows Vista and push email. Combining the power of Windows Vista with always-connected 3G/HSDPA connectivity, the HTC Shift delivers unparalleled functionality in a sleek, compact design. The Shift uses SnapVUE, an always-on mode that provides you instant access to critical information – including e-mail previews, local weather, calendar, and SMS – even if the device is not switched on.

Powered by a 800MHz Intel processor and a 400MHz Qualcomm processor, it comes with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA connectivity, 1GB RAM for Vista and 64MB and 128MB ROM for SnapVUE, a 7-inch WVGA touchscreen display that slides and tilts out to sit above the QWERTY keyboard, option of 40 or 60GB hard drive, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, integrated GPS, a fingerprint sensor, a VGA camera for video conferencing, and an SD card slot.

Battery life for the Shift is rated at up to 2 hours for Vista and up to 53 hours for SnapVUE with push-email enabled.

The HTC S730 (Wings), an enhanced version of the HTC S710, adds 3G/HSDPA and a 400MHz Qualcomm processor. Powered by Windows Mobile 6 Standard, it comes with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and single-band HSDPA/UMTS connectivity, 64MB RAM and 256MB ROM, a 2.4-inch QVGA display, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, a 2MP camera and front-facing VGA camera, and a microSD slot.

The last, the HTC P6500 (codename Sirius) is designed for the enterprise market. Powered by Windows Mobile 6 Professional, it features quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-band HSDPA connectivity, a 3.5-inch display, 256MB of internal memory, integrated GPS, a 3MP camera with auto focus and barcode and fingerprint scanning capabilities, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, and two SD card slots

The HTC S730 will be available starting in October while the HTC P6500 and HTC Shift will be available starting in November (the latter only in Europe).

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HTC Shift to begin shipping in early November?

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Sep 292007
 

HTC Shift

We expect that HTC will formally unveil the HTC Shift at its events next week. Further evidence that we are close to a shipment date comes to us courtesy of Expansys. Their UK store now has it listed with an availability date of November 6th.

The HTC Shift will run Windows Vista Business and will come with a 800MHz Intel processor and a Qualcomm MSM7200 chipset, 1GB RAM, a 7-inch widescreen display (1024×768 resolution) that slides and tilts out to sit above the keyboard, a 40GB hard drive (a 60GB option is also available), quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tri-Band UMTS/HSDPA, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0, a biometric finger scanner, a VGA camera for video conferencing, and an SD card slot.

THe HTC Shift will be available for £909.95. The US store shows it at US$1,559.95 (but without an availability date).

Source: UMPC Portal

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More Qualcomm-based devices coming from HTC by end of year

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Sep 072007
 

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HTC has announced that it plans to launch more devices that will use Qualcomm chip solutions by the end of the year. So far, all of HTC’s CDMA and WCDMA/HSPA devices, including the HTC Mogul, HTC 6800, HTC 5800 and HTC TyTN II, have used Qualcomm’s MSM7500 and MSM7200 solutions.

The MSM7xxx-series chipsets from Qualcomm are the industry’s first to integrate two distinct processors – each dedicated to modem and multimedia functions – to provide support for third-party operating systems, including Windows Mobile. The MSM7500 for CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A and MSM7200 for HSPA also feature rich multimedia capabilities – such as VGA video encode/decode, 8 megapixel camera, and 3D graphics – as well as advanced data functionality with unsurpassed levels of integration.

What future devices we will see was not made clear from the press release but a DigiTimes article suggests that we will see more smartphones and UMPCs.

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More details on HTC Advantage docking station

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Jun 302007
 

HTC Advantage docking station

More information has surfaced about the HTC Advantage X7500 docking station that had been spotted at MEDC Europe 2007.

The docking station comes with the following ports: VGA port, video out, S-Video (4 pin), miniUSB for charging and synchronization and 2 USB ports. It also has a 3.5mm audio jack, a slot to charge a second battery and LED indicators for the second battery, power and synchronization.

It is available now for £69.95 (about US$140) through Expansys.

Source: Engadget

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More info on HTC Windows Mobile 6 upgrades

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Feb 202007
 

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Rumours surfaced earlier this month that HTC would not offer any Windows Mobile upgrades for current devices. New information has since surfaced. It’s not all good news though.

In an interview with French site Mobinaute, Frédéric Tassy of HTC France indicated that three HTC devices will receive free upgrades to Windows Mobile 6. They are the X7500 Advantage, the P4350 and the S620 (which we already knew about). These upgrades are expected to be available before June.

It’s unclear whether this means that HTC will not offer upgrades for other devices or if they will offer these upgrades but at a cost to customers.

In the interview, it was also revealed that HTC plans to release about 15 devices in 2007.

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HTC Galaxy photo preview

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Aug 292005
 

French site Mobinaute has posted a good first look at the upcoming HTC Galaxy. They have plenty of comparison pictures with number of HTC devices like the Wizard and Magician as well as the Treo 650, the Motorola Mpx220 and the HP iPAQ h6340 and hw6515. In terms of specs, the Galaxy is powered by a 300MHz Samsung S3C2440M processor with 32 MB of RAM and 64MB of ROM. It features integrated GPS (using the SiRFStar III chipset), SD/IO and MMC slots as well, Bluetooth, 802.11b WiFi and a 2.8-inch QVGA screen. Suprisingly, the screen is a passive matrix! The HTC Galaxy will use Windows Mobile 5.0.

Mobinaute expects it to hit France in November. Pricing has not been announced by Expansys is offering it for 420 €.

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