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UNVEILED: T-Mobile MDA Vario IV aka HTC Raphael shows its face [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 28.05.08 - 15:53:32 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 24104x
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Dutch Mobile Phone Helpdesk got new information and a photo of the yet to be announced HTC Raphael which Mobile Phone Helpdesk shows in the T-Mobile design. According to the information, T-Mobile will launch the Raphael later this year in Europe as "T-Mobile MDA Vario IV". Feature-wise, the HTC Raphael - which is expected to be announced by HTC as the "HTC Touch Pro" - is quite similar to HTC's Touch Diamond except that it features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard which makes it the follower of the HTC TyTN II. Other features includes Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, triband GSM/GPRS/EDGE at 900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS/HSDPA (and most likely HSUPA), Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g, GPS and an FM radio:

Like the HTC Touch Diamond, the HTC Raphael is also expected to feature a VGA touchscreen with TouchFLO 3D, a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera and, according to Mobile Phone Helpdesk, the Raphael includes 256 MB RAM and 512 MB ROM which can be expanded with microSD memory cards.
At a size of 103 x 52 x 18 mm, the Raphael is said to weight 158 g which is exactly the same weight as Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1 which is also manufactured by HTC.

UPDATE: It's not a rumor anymore. Like with the MDA compact IV which T-Mobile previewed during the last CeBIT already, T-Mobile again showed HTC's latest smartphone before HTC announced it and it seems, T-Mobile Germany officially announced the MDA Vario IV aka the HTC Raphael during a press event today.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Rhedgehog on 28.05.08 - 17:54:01

Hmmm.  Not sure i totally believe those specs.

Only Triband?  When HTC's PDA's have been quad band for the last 2-3 years?
Triband HSDPA maybe, but you can bet your house that it will be quad band GSM/GPRS?EDGE.

and apparently it's not a branded device?  Think i'll wait for some more reliable sites to get some proper specs before I look at them too closely.

Gorgeous looking phone though, shame about the copious amounts of horrific T-mobile Pink in the OS yet again though!

Posted by Rhedgehog on 28.05.08 - 17:56:23

And by more reliable sites, i wasn't having a go at this site by the way, I just realised how that sounded!  I meant that it seems that the site with the specs has a few mistakes and i'll wait till some of the bigger sites get some real details.

When Arne gets a test device, then we'll see what it can really do!

And yes, I'm too lazy to register.....

Posted by Nickmgray on 28.05.08 - 18:03:23

Some like pics of the Raphael here

Posted by Arne Hess on 28.05.08 - 18:16:40

@Rhedgehog: Thanks for the clarification which site you mean! ;-) And no problem that you are "too lazy to register". :-) We don't want to force anyone to register. For me your opinion counts, not the number of registered forum members.
Anyway, you are right. It seems that there are some bugs in the specs. For instance the mentioned support of HSCSD (no Windows Mobile smartphone ever featured HSCSD).
Anyway, some reliable sources indeed told me that the triband GSM and dualband UMTS specs could become true. Nevertheless, I will try to find out more in the upcoming days.

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