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HTC Touch launched as Verizon XV6900

March 31, 2008 |

Verizon HTC Touch

Verizon is set to launch the HTC Touch in the coming days at the XV6900.  No one knows why Verizon insists on reducing more and more phone models to a combination of letters and numbers, but at least it doesn't change how the phone works.

Verizon's XV6900 will feature all the same bells and whistles as the Sprint and the Alltel versions of the HTC Touch.  One of the new things we have just learned about is that like Verizon's XV6900, both Sprint and Alltel's touch devices have a GSP recevier already built into the device, but they have been disabled through the carriers software.  Personally, I'm not sure why Sprint and Alltel would want to disable one of the best features of this phone, but it definitely gives Verizon the upper hand, even if the XV6900 is about five month behind the competition. 

 

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HTC Touch launched as XV6900 by Verizon

March 31, 2008 |

Verizon HTC Touch

Verizon is set to launch the HTC Touch in the coming days at the XV6900.  No one knows why Verizon insists on reducing more and more phone models to a combination of letters and numbers, but at least it doesn't change how the phone works.

Verizon's XV6900 will feature all the same bells and whistles as the Sprint and the Alltel versions of the HTC Touch.  One of the new things we have just learned about is that like Verizon's XV6900, both Sprint and Alltel's touch devices have a GSP recevier already built into the device, but they have been disabled through the carriers software.  Personally, I'm not sure why Sprint and Alltel would want to disable one of the best features of this phone, but it definitely gives Verizon the upper hand, even if the XV6900 is about five month behind the competition. 

The Touch (or Verizon XV6900) will be priced at $350 after 2-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate and should launch by April 14th.

 

 

 

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Pre-order HTC Shift from Sprint

March 20, 2008 |

Ever since the HTC Shift hit the FCC a few months back, I knew this day was inevitable.  It seems as though we will be blessed with a Sprint Version of the HTC Shift which has recevied rave reviews as one of the best UMPC device on the market to date.  The HTC Shift offers a unique experience with both Windows Mobile 6 and Windows Vista installed.  the device allows you to access e-mail, contact, calendars, and any other WM6 feature without having to boot up the device completely.  The unique slide and tilt feature reveals a wonderful keyboard which has been lacking in most UMPCs. 

 

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HTC pattents the awkward slider

March 18, 2008 |

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The sliding keyboard has a lot of fans, but every sliding phone seems to have its own rules.  It seems HTC has take the game to a whole new level with their new pattent which would allow a device to slide in horizontally and vertically to reveal the dialpad in one direction and then the keyboard in the other. the idea is nice, but implementation may be a bit tricky.  The mock up image above saw photoshopped based on the sketches which HTC used to file their pattent.  You can see what no matter which way the keyboard slides (even when closed) some part of the keyboard is exposed. 

Lets just hope that HTC created this awkward sketch simply to keep us guessing about what they are really planning to use this pattent on.  There are currently a few devices on the market with sldie two directions, but they have a distinctly seperate dialpad and keyboard.

 

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HTC.com gets a face lift

March 17, 2008 |

HTC.com gets a face lift
HTC has finally taken their website into the new millenium.  gone are the days of standard pages with text and images.  HTC.com now features slick flash annimations for scrolling through their phones and news.  Check out the changes

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HTC to release MID in late 2008

March 7, 2008 |

mids

With Lenovo's new Menlow, Aigo's Menlow, Gigabyte's M700 and Digifriend's WiBro, it seems everyone is getting into the MID (Moorestown-based devices) game this year. Not wanting to be left out of all the fund, HTC has just announced that they are planning on releasing an Intel-powered MID before the end of 2008. This HTC's extensive experience with pocket pc handsets and their new HTC Shift crossover device which runs on WM6 and Windows Vista, we should see some interesting MID devices from them.

The MID platform was announced late in 2007 by Intel, but first adopters have been able to get their hands on limited models already this year.  Intel is expecting the MID market to skyrocket in 2009 as mode manufacturers start pumping the out and also because the price point will be lower than current UMPC's. Intel has been clear that there is a big difference between a MID and a UMPC.  Listed below are a few of the main distinctions between the devices.

UMPC

  • Business-class or media device for enterprise or entertainment users
  • Runs a full OS like Vista or Windows XP
  • Optimized for office-use applications like Excel, Word, etc.

MID

  • Consumer-class media and lifestyle device
  • Runs a lightweight OS with quick startup like Linux
  • Optimized for media playback and web surfing and RSS

 

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Mobile has just unveiled the MDA compact IV

March 4, 2008 |

CeBIT is well under way and it seems like news of new HTC phones is starting to surface.  T-Mobile has just unveiled the  MDA compact IV, which is built by HTC.  No official press release yet, but the MDA compact IV's specs are rumored to include full VGA resolution, quadband EDGE, 7.2Mbps HSDPA,  4GB of internal storage,  Bluetooth, and WiFi, and possibly even GSP since the MDA Compact III did.  We're hoping that the MDA compact IV will be running on Windows Mobile 6.1. 

Since the device is being announced by T-Mobile Germany, the MDA compact IV will propably not make it the the U.S., but I would think it would make a good brother to T-Mobile's Shadow especially since they are thinking of expanging their Windows Mobile line of phones.

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