Again Dopod did it first, this time with HTC's first 3G Smartphone, the HTC Breeze which was recently launched by Dopod in Taiwan where it is called Dopod 595. While the other local Dopod sites even not mentioning the 595 yet, it's on sale in Taiwan now for NT$ 16,900, approximately US $515.
The HTC Breeze, which was previously announced by HTC to be retailed as HTC MTeoR also is the world's first 3G Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone in a stylish and slim-line candy bar design.
While it may be small, just 112.4 x 49 x 14.8mm and weighing a mere 120g, this neat device is a powerful and smart phone. The Dopod 595 features Windows Mobile 5.0 Direct Push technology (MSFP) for immediate synchronization of E-Mail, calendar and notes plus document viewers for PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. It's the ideal choice for busy people on the road who only want to carry one small device.
With superb multimedia functionality it's easy to store and play back music, video and pictures on the move. Coupled with its large 2.2. TFT LCD screen and built-in 1.3 megapixel camera, the Dopod 595 truly has smart style.
Please note, even if the photos above are showing the second front side camera for video telephony, I don't expect that the Dopod version of the Breeze will have it included since limited system resources to perform video calls and since it isn't mentioned in the product specs.
UPDATE: Well, it looks like Dopod packed even more in their 595. According to their Chinese press release, which Thomas Chan, one of the new contributing editors of the::unwired, was kind enough to reviewed for us, the Dopod 959 is also sporting a RSS software upgrade that can take in news feed which include local and international news,
entertainment, technology and common knowledge news. For sure, the 595 is supporting dial up network via the 3G connection, allowing laptop users surf the web when
other broadband connections are not available and, surprise - the Dopod 595 is said to support Skype as KKBox (iTunes like service), I'm TV (probably some kind of real time TV service), Pocket MSN, QR code and QuickMark Code (probably some kind of
bar code software which might be used together with the inbuilt camera, something I've seen before with Japanese mobile phones already, pretty handy) and audio books.
Well, that's a lot more features than the standard Windows Mobile for Smartphone features and after Dopod's Hermes version, the Breeze is already the second HTC device with inbuilt RSS reader. Is RSS that famous in Taiwan?
Cheers ~ Arne