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UNVEILED: HTC Touch.B aka HTC Rome pictured [UPDATE2]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 02.12.09 - 10:27:39 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 13798x
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While we heard of a HTC device code-named "Rome" earlier, it wasn't seen so far. Now, MobiFrance received a couple of photos of HTC's upcoming smartphone. While it's yet not confirmed on which OS the so called HTC "Touch.B" will run, MobiFrance expects that the HTC Rome might be HTC's next Android smartphone (and filling the gap between the HTC Hero high-end smartphone and HTC Tattoo entry-level smartphone). Also MobiFrance hasn't received any specs yet but it's clear that the Touch.B features a flat touchscreen, a camera without flash and a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack.

However, somewhat unusual for both - Windows Mobile and Android - is the button layout since the HTC Rome features two call buttons and a kind of home button only; while Android devices normally needs a home, back and menu button. But it looks like the missing camera shutter key is back again.

MobiFrance expects to get more information about the HTC Touch.B today, stay tuned.

UPDATE: According to an anonymous tipster, the HTC Rome aka HTC Touch.B is said to feature quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 850/900/1800/1900 MHz as well as dualband UMTS/HSDPA: at 900/2100 MHz. Furthermore it was noted that the QVGA display measures 2.8" and that the camera supports 3.2 megapixel.

UPDATE 2: Alright, MobiFrance received further information about the HTC Rome/Touch.B. And as it turns out now - it's neither an Android nor a Windows Mobile smartphone but HTC's expected "Brew MP" device, DigiTimes reported about earlier this year. According to this information, the feature phone is running Qualcomm's Brew Mobile Platform (Brew MP) and seems to come with  a kind of HTC TouchFlo 3D/HTC Sense UI. Brew MP, which was announced back in 2007, uses Adobe Mobile Client (AMC), a kind of Flash Player, engineered specifically for mobile devices to provide performance, add extensibility and use a small memory footprint.
Furthermore MobiFrance notice that - contrary to the earlier update - the device only features a 2 megapixel camera. And while 3G and Bluetooth seems to be confirmed, it's also mentioned that the HTC Rome/Touch.B lacks WiFi.

Cheers ~ Arne

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