We can’t believe we’re about to type these words… But it looks like Samsung may have done an infinitely better job of skinning Windows Mobile 6.5 than HTC — at least out of the gate. Earlier this morning, a truckload of Samsung Omnia II screen captures were uncovered and, well, we’ll be damned if Samsung didn’t do a bang up job with its TouchWiz 2.0 UI on top of WinMo 6.5. Shortly thereafter, ai.rs blog followed up with a new render of the mid-range HTC Mega along with a handful of screenshots. The UI mask is looking good, and a little Sense UI-ish, but it doesn’t look anywhere near as thorough or sexified as Samsung’s efforts. Now to be fair, we know that the Mega is going to be part of HTC’s mid-range crop so we’ll have to wait and see how Windows Mobile 6.5 is looking on the company’s higher end handsets before reaching any real conclusions. Hit the jump for a few screenshots of the UI along with an updated list of reported specs.
Not that either handset will launch with the code names by which we now know them, we hope, but DigiTimes is reporting a Q4 launch for both the HTC Mega and HTC Click. Staying true to the strategy HTC CEO Peter Chou discussed earlier this month, both handsets will fall into the mid-range smartphone category and are expected to drop at around $300 a piece. The Mega is rumored to be a decently spec’d Windows Mobile 6.5 handset featuring a 2.8-inch QVGA (240×320) touchscreen display, a 3 megapixel camera, GPS and a 528 MHz processor. Specs for the Click are yet to be revealed, though we can likely expect plenty of similarities with the Mega, barring the Android OS of course. According to Merrill Lynch analyst Laura Chen, mid-range handsets like the Mega and Click will help HTC revenue grow 11 percent in Q4 2009 on the back of an anticipated 19 percent increase in handset shipments.
More from HTC this morning as the W-Fi Alliance strikes again. Wi-Fi Alliance revelations are a bit of a mixed blessing actually. On one hand, we learn of the existence of a potentially sweet new handset. On the other hand, we pretty much get no details about said device. Such is the case with the HTC “MEGA 100 Series”. Odd name aside, all we know about HTC’s forthcoming phone is that, well, it’s a phone and it has Wi-Fi 802.11b/g on board. Great. The rest is a mystery for the time being, though unsubstantiated speculation suggests it could be a Touch 3G-like handset running Windows Mobile 6.5. We shall see.
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