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OFFICIAL: HTC announces HTC TyTN II and confirms partnerships with key Mobile Operators
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 28.08.07 - 19:39:33 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 21644x
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HTC Corp. today unveiled the HTC TyTN II aka the well known HTC Kaiser which will be launched in partnership with leading operator partners across Europe, as well as direct under the HTC brand, and builds on the success of the award-winning first HTC TyTN. Featuring global high speed HSDPA connectivity, in-built GPS for personal navigation and an innovative adjustable screen angle, this device is the ultimate mobile companion. The HTC TyTN II packs all the power of Windows Mobile 6 into a unique new form factor, continuing HTC's 10-year heritage of innovation in device design.

The 2.8" color screen slides back to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, then tilts up to position the screen perfectly for reading and creating E-Mails, using applications, or even just playing videos and games. The HTC TyTN II allows users to get connected in any country with tri-band UMTS and quad-band EDGE. It boasts unrivalled worldwide 3.5G high speed internet - HSDPA, at speeds 9 times faster than 3G - and WiFi 802.11b/g to ensure users can enjoy high-speed surfing, uploading and downloading while roaming anywhere in the world. HTC Home, HTC's new homescreen, offers easy access to photo dialing, text messages, calendar entries, E-Mails and contacts, as well as one touch access to live weather conditions plus four-day forecasts. Leveraging the functionality of Windows Mobile 6, the HTC TyTN II provides a complete suite of business applications including Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile, contacts, calendar, push E-Mail, notes, tasks, PDF viewer and more. In addition, HTC has included further applications such as a business card scanner and TomTom Navigator 6 (Taster edition) to complement the in-built GPS.

"Today's launch is all about fast, easy access on the move to the kind of features and connectivity previously reserved for the PC world," said Florian Seiche, Vice President of HTC Europe. "This proposition is a perfect match for both mobile professionals and advanced mobile consumers on the go who can now benefit from the powerful feature set that the HTC TyTN II offers and the true high-speed mobile access that many of our leading operator partners are offering."

The HTC TyTN II has been designed and developed to enable business users to take full advantage of the latest high speed data and multimedia content and applications, and incorporating feedback from HTC's operator customers. It will be launched in partnership with leading operators across Europe from September, including Orange, T-Mobile, Telefonica Group and Vodafone, as well as direct, under the HTC brand.

T-Mobile International, with more than 111 million mobile customers, is one of the world's leading companies in mobile communications. It is continuing its very successful MDA Vario product line based on the HTC TyTN II as the T-Mobile MDA Vario III at the beginning of October.

"We are happy to have this new handset in our portfolio. It meets all of our requirements as a mobile workforce device, and we are particularly pleased with the new tilting keyboard form factor," says Michael Hagspihl, Executive Vice President Terminal Management at T-Mobile International. "The T-Mobile MDA Vario III with its own exclusive characteristic T-Mobile design is a powerhouse with the extra speed to take advantage of the state-of-the-art T-Mobile Network and customer focused propositions like web'n'walk, and is testimony to the good relationship we enjoy with HTC."

T-Mobile's MDA Vario III (see the::unwired's previous hands-on photos here) provides the perfect combination of an innovative design, dynamic wireless connectivity and additionally GPS to enrich Web, E-Mail and messaging as well as navigation experiences.

"The predecessor MDA Vario II became the de-facto standard for mobile workforces, but with the MDA Vario III T-Mobile is pushing the edges of mobility even further and keeping the promise to our customers with innovative differentiated devices."

Orange is launching the HTC TyTN II across its European footprint in a phased roll-out from the end of September. The HTC TyTN II is the latest addition to Orange's unique range of Signature devices and offers a choice of E-Mail solutions, including Microsoft DirectPush on Windows Mobile 6. Combined with fast connectivity through Orange's WiFi, 3G+ (HSDPA), 3G and EDGE networks, the powerful HTC TyTN II provides a laptop-like experience on a mobile device for users who want access to work information from any location in the world.

Philippe Bernard, Executive VP, Business Solutions, Orange, agrees that the HTC TyTN II is ideal for people who need constant and reliable access to Internet and business applications.

Bernard says, "Many of our business customers demand a "virtual office" experience that includes the ability to access everyday business applications, as well as E-Mail. The E-Mail-friendly form factor and ability to connect to our mobile broadband networks makes the HTC TyTN II the must-have device for our business users."

Orange's version of the device will feature the unique Signature Series homescreen, which provides personalized, one-click access to business applications. Orange will first launch the device in the UK, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands, followed by Spain, Poland, Romania and Slovakia in early October.

"This is a solid addition to Vodafone's portfolio of business devices. HTC has continued to innovate and produced a product that effectively meets the needs of our business customers." said Jens Schulte-Bockum, Global Director of Terminals, Vodafone Group. "The handset, combined with Vodafone's world-beating HSDPA networks and the addition of GPS functionality makes this a compelling consideration for customers."

Also in October, Vodafone Germany will release its version of the Kaiser as the Vodafone VPA compact V.

Prices weren't announced today.

Cheers ~ Arne

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