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UNVEILED: First HTC Herald Pocket PC Phone Edition photos leaked to the Web [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Saturday, 07.10.06 - 16:56:04 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 15669x
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Italian website SoloPalmari got its hand on the HTC Herald and has published some blurry photos of the device, which could will become the smaller, lighter and thinner brother of the HTC Hermes follower of the HTC Wizard.
According to SoloPalmari, the Herald features basically the same HTC Hermes specs (including GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and HSDPA) but in a (measured) 18 mm-thick form factor only!
Other features are Mobile Windows 5.0, TI OMAP 850 CPU with 200 MHz, 64 MB RAM and 128 MB ROM, sporting a 2.8'' QVGA screen, a 2 megapixel camera on the back and - since it is expected to become the lighter brother of the HTC Hermes be the follower of the HTC Wizard - a slide-out keyboard:

According to SoloPalmari the front facing video camera was left since HTC was asked to remove it, similar to the HTC MTeoR which also excludes the camera (in the European version). This can not be seen as an indication, that the device might be GSM only. No word yet about W-LAN support, a planned release date or regions, where we can expect the device to be released.

UPDATE: From a really trusted source I got the word, that the HTC Herald is not supporting UMTS/HSDPA but GSM/GPRS/EDGE only. Therefore the HTC Herald is not the follower of the HTC Hermes but the follower of the HTC Wizard.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Fluxkompensator on 07.10.06 - 23:14:43

its NOT 3g

Posted by Arne Hess on 08.10.06 - 00:56:36

Flux, thanks for your feedback. I also just got the feedback that it isn't UMTS at all but just a 2.5/2.75 device and therefore the follower of the HTC Wizard. wink

Posted by McHale on 08.10.06 - 03:56:10

It doesn't look a whole lot thinner (from the pics, I can hardly tell).  But the important thing is it looks like they also dumped the standard miniUSB connector to their proprietary adapter.  That sucks.

So basically, this is this year's version of the Wizard.  Same specs, a hair thinner, updated colors.

eh... I'll be passing on this one.


Posted by Alè on 09.10.06 - 01:35:53

Here's what wrote:

"... technical specifications are still undisclosed (perhaps we will know something else in the next hours); it is not even clear which radio module it till contain: UMTS, HDSPA? For sure there's not a camera to use with 3/3,5G communications.
Here are the most relevant technical features:

    * Windows Mobile 5.0
    * CPU: TI OMAP (850?) at 200 MHz
    * RAM 64 MB - ROM 128 MB
    * Display 2,8'', QVGA resolution (320 x 240)
    * miniSD slot (?)
    * thickness: 18 mm


Posted by noreg on 10.10.06 - 09:19:11

they say Herald is going to get a 3 MP cam. Could this be true?

HTC definately needs better cams in its devices - have a look on Nokia's smartphones going up to 5 MP, decent sensors, autofocus etc...
Lets hope they improve the cam with newer model.

Posted by Carlo Guerrero on 14.10.06 - 18:36:06

Well, I got to play around with the Herald for a few minutes and one thing I can say is that the build quality has been greatly improved. It has the heft of a solidly built device and has a very improved sliding mechanism. If you are familiar with the sliding mechanism of mobile phones such as the Samsung, etc. with the spring-loaded self locking mechanism (sometimes referred to as magnetic since it just slides into locked position when the slider is opened more than half way through).

I love the 2 LEDs above the keyboard too... something to remind you that you have CAPS lock on or FN lock on.

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