If you're into Windows Mobile devices, you've most likely heard of HTC and even if you haven't, it's likely that you've got one of their devices as HTC is one of the biggest manufacturers of Windows Mobile devices. You might be familiar with Dopod if the HTC brand doesn't ring a bell, as Dopod distributed HTC's devices under its own brand until it was recently bought up by HTC. The new handset from HTC has been known as the Kaiser, but it likely going to retail as the P4550. This is an upgraded version of the TyTN which has been out for about a year or so now. The Boy Genius Report has scored some exclusive shots of this new handset and you can check out the rest of the pictures here.
Although the P4550 shares many features with the TyTN, such as a 2.8-inch, 320x240 resolution display and HSDPA, the P4550 is quite a different beast when you start looking at the specs. First of all it's using a different processor, as the TyTN was powered by a 400MHz Samsung CPU, the P4550 has a 400MHz processor from Qualcomm. This is the first time a device from HTC is powered by a Qualcomm processor and it will be interesting to see how this compares to the Samsung and Xscale processors previously used by HTC. It's also been given twice as much memory, 256MB ROM and 128MB of RAM, this might not sound like much, but it's quite impressive on a Windows Mobile device. The P4550 also supports the even faster 3G standard, HSUPA and also offers 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 and USB 2.0 for connectivity to a wide range of devices, but gone is the IrDA interface of the TyTN. The P4550 will of course be running Windows Mobile 6, which officially launches next month.
Another cool feature of the P4550 is that the screen doesn't just slide to reveal a keyboard, but it tilts in such a way that it looks like a small notebook. How practical this is in real life is something we'll have to evaluate once we get hold of a review unit, but it does look the part. Expect this handset to be available sometime in July, although we'd expect to see the device in action at Computex next month.
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