What better way to start off a new week than with an early review of an unreleased handset from our Russian friends at mobile-review. Maybe it’s a Labor Day present. This week they’ve managed to get their hands on the HTC Touch2, a device that will help kick off the Windows Phone revolution evolution interim solution. Overall the device scored well with good build quality, pocket/palm-friendly dimensions, great performance, solid call quality and good battery life; but it wasn’t all milk and cookies. One of the biggest shortcomings of the Touch2 appears to be the lack of auto-focus for the 3 megapixel camera — mobile-review feels the cam produces shots with bland colors and an extra helping of blur. Also, the navigation buttons proved to be very difficult for those with larger digits. As for how much the Touch2 will cost when it hits shelves starting October 6th, no one is really sure but the latest word is that it will run about $500 unlocked, give or take.
What better way to get our attention early on a Thursday morning that with a press non-release? LG has announced that it will take the wraps off of three upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5-powered Windows Phones in the coming weeks and that 10 more will be made available throughout 2010. An attempt to cut leaks off at the pass? An open invitation for bloggers to start digging for dirt? The thing is, the GW550 and the caption about it being one of the first three to drop, we have no idea what we’re in for. Of course, seeing as the GW550 is already known to us as a Windows Mobile 6.1 device, we can’t help but think we may see more shenanigans that involve claiming a phone with an updated OS is as good as new. Still, we’re definitely looking forward to having LG tells us just what the full-touchscreen handset and QWERTY slider that will join the GW550 are all about. So, LG… Make with the goods!
Get a load of the cojones on HTC. Not content to let Nokia have all of the fun today over in Stuttgart, HTC has announced the Touch2. This little sucker will run Windows Mobile 6.5 with HTC’s very own TouchFLO overlay, and it will be one of the first smartphones to take advantage of all of those new fangled features that constitute a Windows Phone. For the time being, HTC is keeping mum with specs but we’ll be sure to let you know just as soon as they land in our inbox — even though we think we know full well what we’re dealing with. The HTC Mega, err, Touch2 will launch in unspecified markets on October 6th.
Samsung just recently announced the Omnia Pro B7320 but now it looks as if the luster has completely worn off and it will be usurped by its slightly more dashing cousin, the Omnia Pro B7330. Or maybe the B7330 is just intended for a different region — we don’t know or care to be honest. Improved cosmetics aside, not a whole lot is different between the two; the display has been marginally improved, coming in at 2.63-inches, while the camera and battery have also received marginal enhancements at 3.2 megapixel and 1500 mAh. Perhaps more important than anything else however, is the fact that the B7330 will ship with WinMo 6.5. So yeah, if this is the sort of thing you’re after, feel free to seek it out in mid-October when it parachutes well behind enemy lines in the ongoing full-QWERTY smartphone war.
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Ah the HTC Leo. It seems to have pretty much everything going for it: a 5 megapixel camera with auto focus and dual-LED flash, Wi-Fi, GPS, 512MB ROM and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The only unfortunate thing is that we’re not exactly sure what it looks like because pretty much every blog under the sun has posted some renders of what it claims to be the Leo. Up today is ai.rs blog which posted some pics that it swears are the real deal. We obviously can’t vouch for them but we hope they’re right as this is certainly the sexiest Leo yet. We do see some obvious albeit it slight differences between the two shots, but to be perfectly honest that doesn’t rule them out as authentic. It just means that HTC might need to hire some new graphic designers. Hit the jump to check out the rear.
Yes, indeed, the day so many of you have been patiently waiting for has arrived as T-Mobile’s HTC Touch Pro2 is now on sale. Arguably the greatest Windows Mobile handset to ever grace this great green earth, the Touch Pro2 features a 3.6-inch WVGA restive touchscreen display, sliding QWERTY keypad, 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus, Wi-Fi, GPS, 512MB ROM/288MB RAM, microSDHC support and a 528MHz Qualcomm MSM7200A processor — all working to make this Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone with TouchFLO 3D the gem that it is. The only problem as we see it is the 2-year price tag that could make even a hardened extortionist weep: $349.99. Then again, perhaps we’re being too hard on T-Mobile’s pricing; there are worse things you could be spending your hard earned money on, right?
In a world where BlackBerry, Android, iPhone, Symbian, Windows Mobile and webOS dominate the mobile OS space, it’s been tough for LiMo to get a little love. Sure Android and webOS are Linux-based, but it’s just not the same. In an interesting move, Panasonic and NEC have chosen to go with LiMo — unveiling nine new devices that will feature the open-source operating system. Japanese mobile carrier KDDI and touchscreen company Immersion Corp are teaming up for the project but LiMo is hoping to the move grabs the attention of larger manufacturers such as Nokia, Samsung and LG. Good luck with that. With less costs involved in running open source systems it could be more enticing for manufacturers to look to LiMo in the future. The mobile OS space is already pretty cluttered however, so don’t expect LiMo to start popping up on anything relevant from amongst the big boys any time soon.
A rumor that has been bobbing its head in and out of water a lot lately is the eventual birth of an Android-based smartphone coming down the pipe from Dell. While we still have nothing concrete from the manufacturer itself, it appears as though a Dell phone could be coming very soon — within days, even. A source close to Techcrunch says the phone will either be announced or launched this week in China. The same source states that the handset will feature a full touchscreen form factor and it will lack a physical keypad, lining up perfectly with our render. Android is still the speculated OS, as it has been for months, though there’s no word on what if any modifications Dell has made to the UI. It will be interesting to see how this plays out but let’s just hope the Texas-based company does a better job on its phones than it did in the now-defunct PDA segment.
Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T? You bet. The first live image of an AT&T-branded HTC Touch Pro2 has emerged proving once and for all that, yes, the device codenamed Fortress is indeed headed to AT&T. It’s way too early to speculate on price and release date (or is it?), but we do have something fairly interesting to report. If you took a close look at our exclusive leak of AT&T’s upcoming launch list you’ll have noticed that the HTC Tilt 2 was listed as model number ST7377. Now take a look at the slide of the Fortress that we saw emerge back in May. Notice anything like, say, a model number of T7337? It appears that the AT&T Touch Pro2 will be released as the Tilt 2 meaning that the Fuze is likely to never have any offspring. Welcome back, Tilt moniker.
Oh look, it’s Windows Phone — the soon to be released smartphone OS formerly known as Windows Mobile 6.5. The folks over at The Inquirer were given a demonstration of what was called the final build of the OS and they happened to have a video camera on hand to capture things like the Zune-ish UI, Marketplace for Windows Phone, the free My Phone sync service, Microsoft Tag and a whole bunch of other goodies that are sure to get the WinMo freaks out there fired up. One particularly interesting tidbit from the video: Microsoft will not now, nor ever refer to the OS as Windows Mobile 6.5, referring to it only as Windows Phone: “We don’t even refer to the operating system because it’s part of the whole long term strategy of releases coming out.” Yeah, good luck with that.
Canadian Windows Mobile junkies have a couple of reasons to smile this afternoon as TELUS has begun selling two great WinMo packin’ smartphones: the HTC Snap and Touch Pro2. Priced at $0 and $249.99 respectively on 3-year deals with voice and data discount (or $399.99 and $649.99 outright), both the Snap and Touch Pro2 are sure to please prosumers and business users alike. Apart from their obvious differences, each device has an abundance of features including email support, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, speakerphone, visual voicemail, global GSM roaming and well over five hours of talk-time per device. So, Canadians, who’s in?
Oh Best Buy, how we love you so. It doesn’t seem to matter to you whether or not a carrier has officially launched a device, because you’re in the big box business and don’t care about trivialities like carrier announcements. The latest example of this sort of behavior is your peddling of TELUS’ HTC Touch Pro2 for $249.99 CAD despite the fact TELUS has yet to confirm pricing, let alone a launch date. But like we said, you’re Best Buy so you can afford to take these sort of risks. Just do us one favor, okay? Fix the crazy image that you have up on the site because you’re making the sexiest WinMo handset in creation look like one of those LG phones that wants to be a makeup compact. Kthx.
Sometimes it takes a little while for everyone to get with the times but better late than never, we say. The still unreleased HTC Touch Pro2 for Telus will be featuring, amongst a host of other awesome specs, a 3.5mm headphone jack (ditching the USB one that came with an adapter) as revealed by an early video review. Hopefully this will be a new and permanent trend for all future HTC devices. The touchscreen/QWERTY hybrid will also be home to Windows Mobile 6.1 with HTC’s famous TouchFlo 3D UI, a 3.2 megapixel shooter, Wi-Fi and a pivoting screen much like the AT&T Tilt of yesteryear. This is definitely a worthy successor to the original Touch Pro/Fuze, so if you’re in the market for a new device on TELUS you might not want to pass this one up. Hit the jump for the video reviews.