updated 09:25 am EST, Mon February 11, 2008
HTC P3470 and Upgrades
HTC has taken its turn at Mobile World Congress to release one new phone and upgrade two of its crossover devices. Spotlighted in the show is the P3470; originally codenamed the Pharos, the touchscreen phone centers on GPS mapping and supports either TomTom or CoPilot software for its navigation. A navigation wheel also helps it navigate through large lists more quickly than possible with just a directional pad. HTC also delivers a 2-megapixel camera and microSD storage with the phone, which ships first to Europe later this month but will support quad-band GSM and EDGE data for a possible rollout in North America.
Accompanying the P3470, the Advantage X7510 is a significant overhaul of the original X7500. It doubles the built-in storage to 16GB and now sports a new touch-sensitive keyboard with haptic (vibration) feedback; TouchFLO from the HTC Touch series is also onboard and is accompanied by a new VueFLO version that auto-rotates the interface based on the phone's position. Opera Mobile 9 and Google Maps for Mobile are also standard. The device is otherwise similar and boasts a large 5-inch touch LCD, 3-megapixel rear and 0.3-megapixel front cameras, GPS with TomTom navigation software, and tri-band HSDPA Internet access (with Wi-Fi support) that supports North America in addition to most world frequencies. HTC has penned a launch for Europe in March but should support the Americas later.
A more modest update is in store for the Shift. The ultra-mobile PC gains Microsoft's Origami Experience 2.0 front-end, which adds a finger-controllable web browser, RSS feeds, and media jukebox as well as a quicker way to access the most common features. The 7-inch system is otherwise similar and packs Windows Vista Business on to a 40GB hard drive along with tri-band HSDPA and Wi-Fi. Already available in the US, the Shfit just now reaches Spain and the UK and should ready soon for Italy. Prices in mainland Europe are set at 1199 Euros ($1,742).