Today, HTC has announced that it will release its HTC Star Trek (which is the same device which was announced last week in Far East as Dopod S300) under its Qtek brand in Europe first. HTC's first clamshell Windows Mobile Smartphone is sporting quad-band GSM, GPRS and EDGE, communicates in short-range via Bluetooth (but misses IrDA), weights only 99 grams with battery and touts a breath-taking 16mm with a build-in 1.3-megapixel camera and dedicated music control buttons.
But the Qtek 8500 is not an ordinary clamshell phone only. It's powered by Microsoft's latest Windows Mobile 5.0 and running with a TI OMAP CPU at 200 MHz. It has 64 MB RAM and 64 MB ROM. The main 2.2" TFT LCD with LED backlight gives you crystal clear, crisp and vibrant image and colors. The secondary 1.2" TFT LCD on the front cover keeps you always informed of the time and date, identity of callers and what music is playing.
The Qtek 8500 will be released in 3 fashionable colors: black, pink and silver (while the previously shown red version will not be released as expected).
With the convenient music buttons in the front panel, a simple touch and enjoy your favorite music stored on the microSD card right away.
"Our mission has always been to drive mass adoption of smart phone technology and we knew we needed something special to do that," says Dr Florian Seiche, European VP of HTC. "The STRTrk will give smart phone enthusiasts the chance to turn heads; it's not only packed with power and functionality, but it looks great and that's what will drive the market. The style-ID is spot on and we've achieved the right balance between entertainment and business capability to give it the all important wide appeal that the next generation of smart phones need to deliver."
Peter Chou, President of HTC concludes, "We're so close to the idea of 'carrying your world in your pocket' that we can almost touch it."
The Qtek 8500 is coming to Europe in May and June and is announced to retail for 499 Euros (including VAT). In the UK, the HTC Qtek 8500 will be available from week three in June, 2006 from different distributors. This is the first time that HTC will sell its own Qtek brand in the UK. In Germany, France and Spain it will be available from the third week of May 2006. In Italy it is expected to be available from the second week for May already.
Cheers ~ Arne