Following NTT DoCoMo's and HTC's earlier announcement, to jointly market HTC Windows Mobile devices to the Japanese market, today both companies announced the launch of the first Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition, the "hTc Z", which will features - for sure - the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Japanese-edition operating system.
The hTc Z, which is based on HTC's Hermes Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition will enable a variety of useful mobile business solutions using Windows and Exchange Server, in addition to Bluetooth and many add-in applications.
Since the hTc Z is the same device as HTC's recently announced HTC TyTN, it features the same specifications such as tri-band UMTS 3G which will allow NTT DoCoMo customers to access DoCoMo's FOMA 3G network as well as to roam across Europe, US and Asia, plus GSM, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a mini-USB port.
Equipped with Microsoft's AKU 2, the Z supports Microsoft's Direct Push E-Mail, Internet browsing, synchronization with Microsoft Outlook Calendar, Contacts and E-Mail and the ability to work on applications in the Microsoft Office suite such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and viewing PDF documents. The hTz Z comes equipped with a slide-out, ergonomic QWERTY keyboard (not sure yet how the Japanese keyboard layout will look like) and 2.8 color display with touch-screen. It also features a jog wheel for easy, one-hand operation.
Music, video, pictures and all other files can be stored on a microSD card and the camera features 2 megapixel with macro mode, on-screen controls and DSC (Digital Still Camera) functionality plus a second camera for video telephony. Available in Black & Silver, the hTc Z doesn't compromise in style.
NTT DoCoMo will demonstrate the hTc Z at DoCoMo's booth at Wireless Japan 2006 in Tokyo from July 19 to 21. DoCoMo plans to sell the handsets to corporate customers as part of its comprehensive business solution; according to DoCoMo's press release, sales is expected to start in late July, a price wasn't given yet.
Cheers ~ Arne