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UNVEILED: HTC's new HTC Libra Windows Mobile Pocket PC PE/Smartphone [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 14.09.06 - 10:48:42 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 49730x
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As reported by Phone Scoop, HTC is working on a new Windows Mobile-powered Pocket PC Phone Edition, code named "HTC Libra". The device, which was revealed first time during this weeks CTIA show in LA, was confirmed by HTC executives which also given several key details about the device. HTC's latest Pocket PC Phone Edition will have both - a traditional numeric keypad and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and the phone is significantly smaller than current HTC devices with a slide-out keyboard. According to Phone Scoop it's even closer in size to a typical bar-style feature phone. The QWERTY keyboard has only three rows of keys, to accommodate the smaller device size:

The Libra will be available in a CDMA version in Q1 next year, with support for EVDO Revision A high-speed data. A GSM version is also planned for next year (I hope we are talking about a GSM/UMTS version, not about GSM only - for such a device). Although revealed at the UTStarcom booth, the phone is expected to be distributed by HTC and branded by carriers.

No further information given yet.

UPDATE: Okay, while I was writing above about a Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition (because of the screen), I'm not sure anymore if it will be a Pocket PC or a Smartphone instead. If you check out the phone keyboard, you will notice the Home and Back button, two buttons typical for Windows Mobile Smartphones while Windows Mobile Pocket PCs neither have a Home nor a Back button but sporting often a Start and an OK button instead.
So well, maybe this is way more a HTC Excalibur follower than a HTC Hermes follower.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by MarcTGFG on 14.09.06 - 12:38:40

Err, where is the d-pad or joystick???? I cant see anything with which you would be able to navigate the device....

Posted by Jay on 14.09.06 - 13:09:49

Regarding the home and back button.

It's not uncommon to see pictures with prototypes of Windows Mobile devices using the wrong edition on the screen.

But maybe it's going to use a future version of Windows Mobile where those buttons are required. It is well known that Microsoft will merge the Pocket PC and Smartphone editions in the future. This device looks ideal for this.

Posted by Carlo Guerrero on 14.09.06 - 19:39:57

Quite similar in concept with the ASUS p525 which features a real T9 numeric keypad on a Windows mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition... but the QWERTY keyboard though might be a nice touch...

The landscape (right handed) though setup is the complete opposite of the Wizard and the Hermes.

The Home and Back buttons though are confusing.

Posted by junction on 12.10.06 - 22:13:17

No D-Pad for easy navigation? Now I'm tad bit worried. tongue

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