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
Cheers ~ Arne