HTC announces handsets with TomTom navigation, more
updated 10:40 am EDT, Thu September 7, 2006
by MacNN Staff
HTC Four New Handsets
HTC is quickly becoming the main rival to established smartphone makers such as Palm and RIM. The Taiwanese firm helped cement its position in the field today by announcing four new smartphones using Windows Mobile 5 as their foundation. Two of the new models, the P3300 and P3600, include TomTom's new NAVIGATOR 6 software for finding directions through 2D and 3D maps. Both feature 2.8-inch screens, Bluetooth, microSD slots, and WiFi, but use different control schemes: the P3300 uses a trackball and iPod-style scroll wheel, while the P3600 implements a touchscreen. Network support is also different with the P3300 supporting EDGE broadband and the P3600 using HSDPA. HTC additionally released the S620 (also known as the Excalibur), the much-anticipated challenger to the Motorola Q with a unique touch-sensitive navigation strip alongide the display, and the S310, a simple candybar smartphone with Bluetooth and EDGE. All four models ship first to Europe: the P3600 and S310 will arrive in September, while the P3300 and S620 follow in October. North American announcements are pending for at least some models as the FCC has recently approved the S620. See photos of all four models after the jump.