Last fall, HTC launched the S740 in Europe, with a 12-key front keypad design with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Now they are bringing the handset to the U.S. market, as the S743. This non-touch screen device, features the same faceted design as the original S740 and HTC Touch Diamond. THe phone is 1.7 inches wide and features a 2.4 inch QVGA vertical display. The HTC S743 will feature high-speed HSDPA (850/1900 MHz) network compatability and will be on sale starting some time in Q1 of 2009 at select e-tailers such as dell.com and cdw.com. For full details on the handset, be sure to check out the press release after the break.
We’ve known for a while that Palm is waiting to reveal their new Nova powered handset this week at CES. Palm has been extremely tight lipped on the project, leaving bloggers only enough information for random speculation…. until now. If the rumors are to be believed, CrunchGear seems to believe that Palm’s Nova handset will feature a large touch screen. But unlike Palm’s traditional handset design, the new device will feature a slide-out qwerty keyboard. They are also saying that the device will most likely be made by HTC, just like the Palm Pro that hit the market last fall. As of right now, we have not been able to confirm these rumors from any other sources, so we’re just gonna have to wait till CES kicks off later this week to get the official word from Palm.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything on the HTC S740. Just a quick recap, the HTC S740 features a 2.4 inch screen, integrated GPS, Wifi, HSDPS, slide out full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2MP camera, and a microSD slot all running on Windows Mobile 6.1. Currently there are no carriers in the U.S. who have any plans on pickign up the S740, but you can always pick on up yourself form your favorite importer for around $500.
HTC’s latest Touch 3G comes with a light version of their TouchFLO 3D which gives the device a slick new interface. Now, HTC is offering the same TouchFLO 2D for those who purchased the 128MB HTC Touch from last year. All you need to do is head over to www.htc.com, log into your account and download the firmware upgrade. Unfortunately HTC will not be releasing the interface for the original 64MB Touch since the firmware upgrade would consume too much of the limited memory on the device. But if you are willing to give it a try, head over to xda-developers. I have had TouchFLO 2D installed on my original 64MB Touch for a few months now and it runs just fine. You’ll just have to give up installing other apps since memory is quite limited.
UPDATE: A few readers have pointed out that they were not able to find the download page on HTC’s site. I have updated the link above withthe direct link to the site, or you can click here.
The past month has revelaed some details on the HTC MAX 4G, as well as some spy shots of the device. Today HTC has officially announced the MAX 4G, the world’s first integrated GSM/WiMAX handset. The HTC MAX 4G will be available onnly from Russia’s Scartel WiMAX network (Yota). At the moment, HTC has no plans on introducing the device into the U.S. market. The HTC MAX 4G was designed for video on demand, full track music downloads, online gaming, file exchange and a host of Internet content at true broadband speeds.
HTC MAX 4G Specs
Processor: Qualcomm® ESM7206A™ 528 MHz
Platform: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
Memory: ROM: 256MB / RAM: 288MB / Flash: 8 GB
Dimensions: 113.5mm X 63.1mm X 13.9mm
Weight: 151 grams (with battery)
Display: 3.8-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen
with 480 x 800 WVGA resolution
Network: Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:900/1800/1900 MHz
Yota Mobile WiMAX 2,5-2.7 GHz
Device Control: TouchFLO™ 3D
GPS: Inbuilt GPS
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR
Main camera: High-resolution with autofocus
Additional: Motion G-sensor (automatically rotating picture)
Proximity sensor (saving energy while talking due to the switching the display off)
Audio: Ring tone formats:
AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV
40 polyphonic and standard MIDI format 0 and 1 (SMF)/SP MIDI
Battery: Li-Pol, 1500 mAh
Talk time: GSM: up to 420 minutes
VoIP: up to 230 minutes
Standby time: GSM: up to 350 hours
VoIP: up to 50 hours
Be sure to check out the "read more" link. We’ve posted the full press release from HTC and Scarlet along with a new more pictures of the HTC MAX 4G. We hope you enjoy them.
Apparently, HTC is thinking that the U.S. market is ready for some lower end Windows Mobile 6.1 handsets. We first learned about the HTC Opal a few months back. It’s basically a re-hash of the HTC Touch (mostly the same hardware) but runs on Windows Mobile 6.1 and uses HTC’s dumbed down version of TouchFLO 3D, TouchFLO 2D. At the moment we are still not sure who will be carrying the Opal, but the GSM/EDGE connectivity and support of the 850 and 1900MHz frequencies gives us a good indication that T-Mobile or At&t customers will be the lucky winners. Feel free to check out the HTC Opal on the FCC’s website.
We’re willing to speculate that once the HTC Opal hits the streets, the price point will be just right. Currently the Sprint Touch is selling for the low price of $49 with a new two year agreement. I can’t imagine the Opal going for more than $150 since it’s essentially the same handset with a fresh new interface.
The HTC Touch HD is getting more camera time than the Android powered G1. Some recent pictures were taken with the Touch HD and the iPhone side by side. As we’ve noted in the past, the Touch HD is essentially the same size as the iPhone, but features a 800 x 480 display and boasts a 5MP camera. We also just turned up a new video which put the HTC Touch HD and the iPhone side by side, comparing web browsing, camera, and YouTube playback. For a long time, most of us were a little disappointed, thinking that the HTC Diamond was HTC’s true competitor for the iPhone. The HTC Touch HD has stepped things up with a much larger screen, 3.5mm headphone jack, and an autofocus camera.
Video after the break