HTC Maple to launch at CTIA?

If you thought the device pictured above was a BlackBerry we won’t hold it against you because the HTC Maple was made with stealing away BlackBerry users in mind. The successor to the Excalibur (aka T-Mobile Dash), the Maple features a full-QWERTY keypad, trackball navigation and a mug that even a mother might struggle to love. However, it does have something going for it in that it is designed with the low-end smartphone market in mind which presently offers very little variety when it comes to full-QWERTY smartphones. Word on the street is that it will be announced during CTIA in Las Vegas this April and since it’s been a while since we covered this little guy, here’s a quick spec refresher:

  • 2.4″ QVGA display
  • Qualcomm 7228 at 528MHz
  • 156MB RAM / 256MB ROM
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard

A CTIA announcement could definitely line up well with the May availability originally reported. Anyone interested?

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