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UNVEILED: Expansys previews the HTC Iolite Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 07.01.09 - 21:13:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 14482x
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Expansys just confirmed the upcoming launch of the HTC Iolite, a lower-end Windows Mobile Professional touchscreen smartphone, most likely replacing the HTC Touch Cruise. Nevertheless, even if the design is somewhat different, the HTC Iolite isn't anything new because it's the smartphone, O2 Germany announced late last year as the O2 Xda Guide.
Like the Xda Guide, HTC's version is running on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone OS, is powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7225 CPU at 528 MHz and features quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE as well as European/Asian dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA in addition to Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi b/g and GPS.

Other features are the 2.8" QVGA touchscreen and the 3.2 megapixel camera. The main memory of 288 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM can be expanded by microSD cards.
Neither Expansys nor HTC (which hasn't officially announced the HTC Iolite yet) has given a release date but O2 Germany plans to release its Xda Guide in February. So most likely HTC will officially launch the Iolite during next month's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by hausen on 08.01.09 - 19:03:11

Sorry, but isn't it rather a pocket pc than a smartphone?

regards jan

Posted by Arne Hess on 08.01.09 - 21:51:23

Well, it's/was a Pocket PC (Phone Edition) and a smartphone because Microsoft isn't using Pocket PC/Pocket PC Phone Edition anymore but Windows Mobile Professional (what the Iolite is) and Windows Mobile Standard (what Windows Mobile Smartphone was) for smartphones and Windows Mobile Classic for PDA. Therefore the Iolite is (also) a smartphone now, according to Microsoft's new naming.

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