During the MoDaCo Summer Event 2006, Orange announced a bunch of new devices, previously only rumored and expected but unconfirmed.
This includes the SPV C100 (HTC Oxygen), SPV F600 (HTC STRTrK), the SPV C700 (HTC Breeze) Windows Mobile Smartphones and the SPV M3100 (HTC Hermes) Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition.
While all the devices above are known already, the absolute highlight was the first official presentation of the Samsung "Samsung BlackJack", a UMTS version of the Samsung SGH-i320 Windows Mobile Smartphones!
Orange SVP C100
The C100 is a budget Smartphone handset, aimed at a new market segment. The device features Windows Mobile 5 AKU 2.3, but has a display that is only 176x220 compared to the more common 320x240.
The device has the same 200MHz OMAP 850 found in the current SPV C60, and notably has no additional memory slot. Instead, it supports the new Orange technology 'SIM+', which enables special SIMs with additional storage capacity, with 512MB SIM+ cards already being in existence, and larger on the way.
Orange SPV F600
The SPV F600 is the Qtek 8500 which is a typical clamshell phone but HTC's first clamshell Windows Mobile Smartphone. It's using Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone operating system and measures 98.5mm x 51,4mm x 15,8mm and weights 99g including battery. It's sporting a TI OMAP 850 CPU, running at 200MHz and has 64 MB of ROM and 64 MB of RAM.
Since the F600 addresses a different, more lifestyle focused customer segment, than all the HTC forerunners, it's missing W-LAN support. Nevertheless, the dedicated music buttons ensure that you have an easy to use personal soundtrack always within reach. A unique combination of power, size and flexibility delivers the synergy of desktop computing with a mobile phone. Now you can choose whether to work or play.
Orange SPV C700
The SPV C700, is the world's first 3G Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone in a stylish and slim-line candy bar design. It may be small, just 112.4 x 49 x 14.8mm and weighing a mere 120g, but this neat device is a powerful and smart phone. The C700 features Windows Mobile 5.0 Direct Push technology 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 C700 truly has smart style.
However, also the C700 will definitely be shipped without video calling and with no forward facing camera and no WiFi.
Orange SPV M3100
The M3100, which features a 400 MHz Samsung processor, 2 megapixel camera with photo light, much improved keypad, additional Start and OK hardware keys, 3G with video telephony and HSDPA, is a slightly different variant to the device that HTC are shipping themselves as HTC TyTN but the same ID which is also on sale already by O2 Germany.
Detailed retail prices or release dates weren't given yet but the launches can not be too far away, since the F600 and M3100 are on sale by other carriers already and the C700 is close to launch by HTC itself.
The so far unannounced Samsung "BlackJack" looks very similar to the i320 and also feature-wise it's very similar, is it sporting Windows Mobile 5.0 for Smartphone and has the thumb-keyboard but additionally featuring a front facing camera for video calling and and is therefore fully UMTS compatible.
As you can see from the photo above, actually it looks more like a generic prototype with an Orange sticker on it, so it shouldn't be expected to be seen too soon.
See MoDaCo for way more information.
Cheers ~ Arne