HTC unveils P3600, P3300 PDAs and S620, S310 smartphones

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HTC has unveiled four new devices today – the S620 slim smartphone, the S310 candy bar-style smartphone, the P3300 navigation PDA and the P3600 HSDPA-ready PDA. All devices will be available under the HTC brand as well as in customised versions for operator partners – with the P3300 already snapped up by T-Mobile for launch as the MDA Compact III.

The HTC S620 (pictured) is a slimline smartphone at just 12.8mm thin and weighing 130g with battery. It’s the first device to feature HTC’s JOGGR touch sensitive navigation bar, which offers quick access to applications including Outlook Mobile (with push email), Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, PowerPoint Mobile and a PDF viewer. The quand band phone also features a 2.4-inch, colour, landscape screen, a fully integrated QWERY keyboard, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. it should be in Europe from October.

The HTC S310 is a candy bar-style smartphone featuring Windows Mobile 5.0. More comsumer-friendly, this quad band device will be available in a range of colours later this month.

The P3300 (pictured) is HTC’s first dedicated navigation PDA with built-in GPS and features the latest TomTom software, Navigator 6. Both 2D and 3D maps are claimed to be easy to install and view using HTC’s RollRTM (Trackball and Track Wheel) and theoptimised 2.8-inch colour screen. Retailing from October 2006, it will be available with a ‘taster pack’ of regional maps or as a full version pre-loaded with a complete set of maps for Western Europe.

The P3600 is billed as HTC’s next generation PDA. Running with Windows Mobile 5.0, it also features 3G connectivity and is HSDPA-ready. There’s also a music player and two megapixel camera. Available in a black or white glossy finish, the HTC P3600 will be available across Europe later this month.

HTC website www.htc.com

Dave Walker