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LEAKED: Pantech C810 Dual Slider Windows Mobile Smartphone shows its face [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 28.08.07 - 20:11:21 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 17321x
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The Boy Genius Report got its hands on some information regarding a Windows Mobile 6 Standard smartphone from Pantech. According these information (which are proved by two spy-shots The Boy Genius got its hands on as well), the Pantech C810 features a "Helio Ocean"-like dual-sliding mechanism which seems to include a 12 key numeric keypad as well as a full QWERTY keyboard (kind of a mix between a HTC Vox and a standard slider smartphone). The Boy Genius Report isn't yet clear if it is a UMTS (only) phone or if it will also features HSDPA but UMTS seems to be confirmed:

About as long as the Ocean, yet thinner, the Pantech C810 will accept microSD memory cards  and features the Windows Mobile typical 65k color screen (no word about the resolution but QVGA seems to be most likely). Also no word yet about WiFi support (but there is no WiFi indication on the photos above). According to The Boy Genius Report a price of US$ 249.99 or less with a 2 year agreement seems most likely as well. Release date is looking like Q4, but might come as early as late September but the carrier is unknown yet (maybe AT&T, that's at least the carrier shown above).
Well, that's an interesting concept - the dual-slider concept and the Pantech C810 would be the first of its kind Windows Mobile dual slider.

UPDATE: As it turned out, the device name isn't C180 but C810.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by B Williams on 30.08.07 - 17:57:37

In my humble opinion this is the perfect design.  I'm used to the thumbboard on my Treo 700wx, but honestly, the screen is too small, especially for legacy PPC apps.  I might get a little tired of flipping the phone 90 degrees to type anything, but there are worse problems in the world.  Now HTC, Palm, or Ubiquio needs to make a device like this.  Currently, if I could have any phone in the world right now, it would still be the Ubiquio 503g.

Posted by Arne Hess on 30.08.07 - 18:59:24

No question, it's a quite innovative design. Since I don't live in the USA, I never got my hands on a Helio Ocean and therefore I cannot say if this concept works or not. But anyway, I appreciate new designs which improves the usability.
Like the HTC S710 concept, which incorporates a candybar design with a slide-out keyboard, I appreciate this dual-slider design.

Regarding the Ubiquio 503 - it's indeed a fine device and my review will follow soon, stay tuned!

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