HTC – the company behind most of today’s network-branded Windows Mobile phones – has decided to go it alone, launching the TyTN and MTeoR under its own brand.
This rebranding will also envelop Qtek, so places where you might have bought Qtek products - like Expansys - will now stock HTC instead. The likes of O2 and Orange will continue to flog products under license from HTC, so the XDA, SPV and other great three-letter acronym smartphones will continue.
Spearheading this new direction are the company’s first 3G Windows Mobile 5.0 gadgets, pictured above and both packing push email similar to the Blackberry. The tri-band TyTN (above left) has a sliding QWERTY keyboard, plus Wi-Fi, EDGE, GPRS and Bluetooth. A 2.8inch colour screen, 2 megapixel camera and microSD expansion round off this powerful 180g package.
The somewhat dinkier, but no less foolishly titled, MTeoR Smartphone also has tri-band 3G, EDGE, MicroSD and Bluetooth, but not Wi-Fi. It does have a 2.2inch QVGA screen, and the usual Microsoft document reading gubbins.
Both will be available from late July, at who knows what crazy price. No one’s telling us. To keep your saliva glands in good order until then, take a trip to HTC’s new website.
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