late last year in Europe and Asia, the
HTC S740 - HTC's
latest Windows Mobile Standard smartphone (see our
videoviews) - wasn't compatible with North American UMTS bands since it
supports European and Asian WCDMA frequencies at 900 and 2100 MHz only.
Nevertheless, HTC America unveiled today that it now plans to launch a North
American version - the HTC S743 - in the first quarter 2009 too. Like the S740,
the S743 combines a traditional 12-key keypad design with a full slide-out
QWERTY keyboard and it will supports AT&T's HSDPA (850/1900 MHz) network.
Featuring the same 'faceted' design first implemented in the highly popular
HTC Touch Diamond,
the HTC S743 was also engineered to deliver an outstanding voice experience. At
a mere 1.7" wide, the HTC S743 fits comfortably into the palm of the hand,
allowing for ergonomic and comfortable voice calls. Despite its narrow profile,
the HTC S743 still boasts a large and bright 2.4" QVGA display for reading and
responding to E-Mail and SMS or accessing the Internet.
With its full QWERTY keyboard, the HTC S743 is able to take advantage of its
full suite of messaging options. As a Windows Mobile 6.1 based device, the HTC
S743 interfaces seamlessly with Microsoft Exchange as well as personal POP3 and
IMAP4 E-Mail protocols. Along with SMS and MMS messaging, support for a number
of instant messaging standards is included with the HTC S743, making it fast and
easy to stay in touch with friends and family while on the go.
The HTC S743 marks the latest HTC device to be made available through select
retail outlets, including dell.com and cdw.com. A price wasn't given today.
Cheers ~ Arne