updated 12:00 pm EDT, Wed April 16, 2008
Verizon XV6900 Available
Verizon today began fulfilling promises made at the CTIA phone expo by launching the XV6900 at its online store. A rebadged version of the HTC Touch, the touchscreen-dominated phone appears modified from the reference design not just by its white color but by an uprated camera: the 2-megapixel unit now reportedly adds autofocusing to properly frame shots around the right subject. The US carrier also supports tethering the phone to a computer for use as an impromptu 3G modem.
Other than these additions, the XV6900 is faithful to the original Windows Mobile 6 Professional phone with 128MB of memory, Bluetooth 2.0, and a microSDHC slot that accepts as much as 8GB or more of removable storage. Online orders ship today at prices lower than set during the initial launch, with the phone selling for $300 after including a two-year plan. Retail units will surface by April 30th.