COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 HTC has just launched their latest Touch Pro mobile phone, inspired by the highly anticipated Touch Diamond with a few more business oriented enhancements; one of the highlights being the slide-out five row QWERTY keyboard for easier entry of information.
Some of the other stand-out features of the Touch Pro include HTC's TouchFLO 3D technology which provides a touch-sensitive control for device interaction, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA wireless access and a beefier battery over the Diamond's which allows for up to eight hours of talk time.
The official product page can be located here For a full run down on the HTC Touch Pro's feature-set.
The Touch Pro features HTC's innovative TouchFLO 3D, a new touch-sensitive control for device interaction, broadband-like speeds with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA wireless connectivity. Unlike the Diamond, the Touch Pro sports a much larger battery capacity of 1350mAh allowing for up to 8 hours of talk time and a microSD memory card slot.
Other features include 512MB flash, 288MB RAM, GPS capabilities, 2.8-inch VGA touch screen and 3.2-megapixel camera equipped with video calling.
Last week MWg launched two new Windows Mobile 6 based phones in Hong Kong at its lavish launch event.
The two new models launched were the Atom V and Zinc II. From Expansys in the UK, the updated Zinc II will set you back a steep £449.95 (inc tax) but it looks to have the features to match the price tag.
All those pennies will get you a Samsung 500MHz processor, 256MB Flash ROM and 64MB RAM, UMTS Tri-band, GSM Quad-band and HSDPA 3.6 Mbps for fast downloading, Bluetooth v2.0 and 802.11b/g WLAN, 2.8" TFT QVGA (Touch Screen) as well as a slide out QWERTY keyboard for fast typing. It is listed as being due on Sunday 11th May.
The Atom V is the cheaper version costing £399.95 (inc tax) but does not lack on the features front at all. With this model you'll get a slightly faster clocked Intel XScale PXA 270 520MHz processor, same amount of memory but it sees a newer HSDPA 7.2Mbps chip being used - if you can find a network to take advantage of those huge mobile download speeds. It also comes with FM radio and GPS built-in. Over at Expansys in the UK it is listed as being in stock right now.
Our review samples are on the way and we'll take a good close look at them just as soon as we can!
There is great news for those iPhone users who hesitate about hacking their baby fruit.
What am I on about? Well, the Pwnage Tool is out and according to a Gizmodo article, it seems as if the hacked phones are completely free of bugs worth mentioning. What should also be noted is that the latest Version 2.0 firmware needs to be installed for the applications to be PWNED.
Last month we wrote an article about how the SDK has enabled hackers an insight into the Apple "worms's eye view" of the proverbial fruit slice called an iPhone. For those of you still wondering what I'm talking about, please read it all here.
You can get the iPhone PWNED hack tools here.
Things are certainly very hot and steamy on the mobile front with no signs of slowing down.
Nokia has just announced an update to its funky N810 Internet Tablet mobile device. It is a device to get Internet access pretty much anywhere with 4.13-inch touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, built-in webcam for video calls, Mozilla-powered browser, integrated GPS / media player, 2GB of internal memory and a microSD expansion slot.
This summer we will get a look at one of the first ultra mobile devices to get 4G internet through the N810 WiMAX Edition. WiMAX is still a relatively new connection but gaining ground rapidly and we will see more and more WiMAX networks popping up all over the world along with devices supporting them.
The N810 WiMAX Edition is pretty much the same as the regular N810 with just a darker case and keyboard. As our friends over at Engaget point out in its hands-on preview, the real magic is under the hood.
Sign me up for one of these babies ASAP please!
The last few days have seen an increasing number of articles hinting that Apple is close to releasing a new iPhone model, either to replace the current one, or as a high-end version of the current one. Those rumors are all because NAND memory manufacturers have received a large order from Apple. You can read more about it here or here.
Looking deeper beyond the rumors, another article confirms that Apple will launch an advanced version of the iPhone handset, with 3G capabilities towards May or June. Steve Jobs has mentioned many times that the convergence of so many technologies inside the popular handset means a balancing act of which features should be present now verses which one's should be introduced later. He has also emphatically stated that there will be an iPhone with 3G technology.
Apple's use of EDGE, instead of 3G, has given online linkup speeds of 2.5G for the current model using a combination of mobile phone towers, and Wi-Fi networks. Nevertheless, the extra bandwidth expected on a 3G phone will always be welcome when considering how much one downloads from the net. In addition, the 3G option will enhance iTunes download speeds, allowing for more income in less time for the Apple giant of the music world.
Furthermore, Sandisk, an extremely large user of NAND chips has been having a bear season with its stocks, understandably so, since the memory chip market is all but saturated. SSD is believed to be the savior of this flagging sector, but the flash Solid State Disk market has only just begun. With the likes of Apple (Macbook Air), and ASUS (Eee PC) pushing the demand for those technologies. The article can be viewed here.
Nokia's N95 enjoyed a massive amount of fanfare when it was first announced and released with it still being one of the most feature-rich mobile phones on the market, also with one of the highest price tags.
Months ahead of its release, the folks over at Mobile-Review.com have taken the upcoming N96 mobile phone for a spin in a heck of a lot of detail.
(Yep, sorry for the huge shot but well worth it!)
The reception quality provided by the N96 is up to Nokia's standard, nothing to worry about here. The vibro alert is moderate strength-wise. The N96's two loudspeakers are pretty average as far as their volume is concerned, in fact on this front it is in line with the Nokia N81.
Basically, with the prototypes we got our hands on, it is impossible to judge the N96's real build quality or UI speed and reliability, so we can either wait for new updates to hardware and software or just sit idle until we get a chance to play around with a commercial edition of the handset.
The N96 is set to arrive in August - September 2008 and will retail for around 550 Euro in Europe (whereas in Russia its price tag will float around the level of 1000 USD, especially during its first months on the market). This phone is heavy both on video and television, that's why its feats won't be particularly craved here, in Russia. And given that there are other offerings to come that will offer similar specs under their hoods (USB speed, memory structure), there is no point in paying a premium for the Nokia N96 and getting a bunch of pretty much useless abilities for good measure. On top of that, the N96 is rather a stand-alone device in Nokia's range; it by no means aims to appeal to each and everyone as the top-of-the-line solution in spite of its index.
On a more interesting note - the Nokia N95 8Gb, upon its release, went for 570 Euro, which is in line with the Nokia N96's reported price tag and even a tad above it. But there are no far-reaching conclusions to be made here, except for one thing - 16 Gb storage will become par for the course starting late 2008, as a couple of affordable (relatively, though) N81-esque models will come out sporting this much memory onboard.
Read the full review over here.
The guys over at Gizmodo rumbled across some news from the Dev Team who are working towards overcoming Apple's "proprietary networks" in different areas.
The idea being that an unlocked phone is worth buying, rather than succumbing to Apple's insistence that you sign on with a specific carrier in order to enjoy the full service of applications. The recent release of the SDK has enabled key coding concepts to be understood and overcome, with little chance of Apple being able to stop the PWNED phones from activating even with a patch. Choosing your own carrier for a phone you bought and paid for is part and parcel of the free world, and PWNED believes you should have it.
Check out the video below.
The Dev Team insist that this is a "True unlock" and that Apple will have difficulty closing the breach. So if you have a PWNED iPhone, you can install any application, even if it is not "Apple approved". Read more here.
Apple launched the Software Developers Kit (SDK) for the iPhone last week.
It will allow independent software developers as well as home users to create programs to work on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The SDK was promised at the MacWorld convention in January earlier this year, and true to promises the SDK is now available for both the iPhone and iPod touch.
The launch was heralded by an event at the California Apple HQ in Cupertino.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs said "We're excited about creating a vibrant third-party developer community with potentially thousands of native applications for iPhone and iPod touch."
The SDK will work on a Mac using Xcode and a beta form of the interface builder is available for download now at the iPhone Developer Program website.
This report stemming from Reuters, gives a futuristic impression of what Nokia plans for mobile phones in conjunction with Cambridge University's nanoscience centre.
From a device that can "morph" to fit the function you need, it will fit on your arm as a wrist watch, then can be unwrapped to form a interactive PDA, furthermore is will be self-cleaning (with some sort of nano-membrane that will automatically disperse anything that comes into contact with it). To top it off, they predict it will be able to tell you if fruit is ripe or not through chemical sensors.
Take a look at this clip and see for yourself.
The whole project is believed to be based on scientific research currently in progress, so despite how fanciful it all seems, the future phones will incorporate some, if not all of these features within the next 10 to 15 years.
While Chinese phone maker Meizu was absent from CES in Las Vegas earlier this year, they promised to many a working demo at CeBIT in Germany and managed to deliver.
Thomas over at Engaget managed to spend some time with one of the company reps in the booth for a short video preview of the Apple iPhone-like M8 mini One phone. The phone which is on display is a very early prototype but it gives you an idea at what can be done when you have passion and the ability to copy others ideas.
They probably should have went along with a translator but take a look at the video that they uploaded to YouTube just below.
Will it ever reach the market? We doubt it but interesting nevertheless.
Tabbed as a premium "energized communication" experience for a mobile life, the new X1 from Sony Ericsson promises to be everything that the iPhone is and much more.
Of course it is based on newer technology than the iPhone and comes from one of the world's leading multimedia mobile phone makers, so it is bound to be a hit.
What is interesting to note is that the product itself is designed and manufactured by HTC (High Tech Computer Corporation), who are responsible for products like the "Touch Cruise" and the "HTC Shift".
The X1 is a combination of design and manufacturing from the HTC giant and the marketing prowess from Sony Ericsson adding their finishing touches and leading service on the Windows Mobile media device.
From a touch-sensitive screen, to shortcut icons, and a nifty sliding "curved Qwerty keyboard", the focus of the product is to redefine the premium mobile market and combine your internet, music, pictures and video into an all-in-one multifunctional PDA/Multimedia mobile device.
E-TEN have just recently introduced their latest Pocket PC Phone dubbed the Glofiish X650. This is quite a feature-rich little offering with all-in-one connectivity options, full VGA display, built-in FM tuner/transmitter and much more.
The handset's dimensions are just 107 x 58 x 14.7mm with a weight of just 136g.
You can learn more about its feature-set within the official announcement here folks.
E-TEN first introduced the option for a VGA display in May 2007 and since then has added several more models to its product lineup aimed at different customer needs. The latest X650 is designed to appeal to those seeking a compact, full-featured device that is also affordable.
A VGA display offers several significant benefits to the user. The greater resolution (four times higher than that of a typical Pocket PC Phone) enables a larger proportion of a document, calendar, map, or web page etc. to be displayed on screen at once, increasing productivity. Additionally, the higher pixel density means that text appears sharper and easier to read while pictures and video appear more detailed. VGA is set to become one of the key specifications for Pocket PC Phones in the coming year.
4 million iPhones have been sold to date according to Steve Jobs at the recent MacWorld conference in San Francisco. When considering the market was exclusively limited to the USA up until the third quarter in 2007, then this has to be considered quite a feat.
In addition, Apple has promised that towards the end of February they will release the Software Developers Kit (SDK) to allow developers to create iPhone applications on their own steam. This is definitely a good move to generate more support and enthusiasm from iPhone end-users (As if Apple really needs more buzz).
That's not all and according to Jobs, any iPhone or iPhone Touch user can upgrade their product by downloading the latest patch to tap into the following awesome features:
- Maps with location (Using Google and Skyhook databases through WiFi tower & Cell tower triangulation)
- Webclips -customized website settings.
- Customize your home screen with 9 different setups.
- Send multiple sms's at once.
- Navigate films via Chapter, activate subtitles and adjust language settings for your region.
- Lyrics support for any songs you can stream the lyrics below karaoke style while the song is playing.
If I owned an iPhone I would definitely fall under the Apple spell. I wish all companies could follow Apple's example and think of the customer and their desires first. Apple is in a very healthy state.
3G network operator 3 has announced a new Skype co-branded handset which goes under the slightly naff name of the 3 Skypephone. None the less, it's a matter of what you get here that's the big deal, as it offers owners of the handset to make calls via Skype or chat with your Skype friends on the handset, for free.
Yes, you read that right, 3 is offering the Skype service for free, although there's of course a catch, although it's not as bad as you might think. Depending on the type of user you are, you either have to top up your pay as you go service with at least £10 a month (this being in the UK where the phone launches later this week) or just pay whatever contract you're on, which you'd be doing anyhow with a normal handset.
The handset itself will retail for £49 in the UK which is about US$101, but it's unclear what it will cost in the rest of the world. 3 will be following up the UK launch with handset availability some time later this year on its other networks across the world, including Australia.
The handset might not be the best looking or the most fully featured on the market, but it does at least have most of the kind of stuff you'd expect to see such a 2 Megapixel camera, a micro SD card slot, MP3 playback, Bluetooth and 3G connectivity of course. It will be available in black as well as white with either blue or pink highlights.
We borrowed the video above from T3 in the UK which gives you an idea of what's on offer. You can find the UK product page here
Nokia has finally started to ship the 8GB version of its N81 as well as the standard version of the N81 globally. Both handsets features a wide range of multimedia features and Nokia even goes as far as calling them multimedia computers which we can't quite agree with. None the less, the N81 series has support for audio and video playback and supports a wide range of formats such as MP3, AAC, ACC+, WMA, WAV, RealVideo 8/9/10, MPEG4, H.263 and H.264.
But one of the big sellers is the inclusion is Nokia's gaming platform, N-Gage and the handsets ship with Space Impact Light and demo versions of Fifa soccer 2007 and Asphalt 3: Street Rules. More games will be available for download later this year. The N81 series also uses a new 3D multimedia menu system which Nokia claims will make it easier to use digital content and internet services on the N81.
Other features include 3G connectivity, quad band GSM, a 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, FM radio, a 2 Megapixel camera with flash and a front mounted camera for video calls. The N81 also has a micro SD card slot for memory expansion and both models feature a 320x240 2.4-inch display capable of displaying 16.7 million colours.
One feature we really like is the built in 3.5mm audio jack which enables you to easily attach any standard pair of headphones for music listening. The N81 should retail for around AU$580 with the N81 8GB coming it at a very steep AU$692, ex GST.
You can find more details about the N81 8GB here
Creative has officially launched its Aurvana X-Fi noise canceling headphones today and these premium headphones will go up against products like the Bose Quiet Comfort 2. They're priced at the same costly US$299.99, well, the Aurvana's are actually 99 cents more expensive than the Bose Quiet Comfort 2's. Creative better prove that they're worth the money if they intend to sell them, but the features are quite impressive.
To Creative's defense, the Aurvana X-Fi's features Creative's X-Fi Crystalizer and CMSS-3D technology which should help improve the quality of most sound sources, something no other noise canceling headphones does. All features are easily enabled via three buttons on the side of the headphones, although we're not sure how you're supposed to see the blue LED's when you're wearing them. There's also a built in volume control, again located on one of the headphones rather than on the cord.
According to Creative, the Aurvana X-Fi's reduce up to 90 percent of ambient noise, which seems pretty good as most noise canceling headphones manages about 80 percent or so. The ear pads are made from memory foam that should make them comfortable to wear even during long flights. Battery life is claimed at up to nine hours from two AAA batteries, so it might be worth investing in some rechargeables. The Aurvana X-Fi's will still work as headphones without batteries, but you won't gain any of the functionality.
The cable measures 1.5m and it comes with a 1.5m extension cable if the first one isn't long enough. Also bundled are a 6.3mm adaptor and a dual mono adapter for use with airplane connectors. The headphones are supplied with a storage bag to protect them from wear and tear when you're not using them.
The Aurvana X-Fi's are available now and you can find out more here
SanDisk has just announced its latest Sansa player, the View. It seems like SanDisk, just like Creative, decided that a short and snappy name was the way to go. Although the original View was a much larger device, it seems like SanDisk has taken the tried and tested approach with the View and just improved upon the e200 series. Mind you, this is by no means a bad thing as the e200 was a real competitor for the iPod nano over a year ago.
What you're looking at is a very slim player, although not quite as slim or as small as the iPod nano, but still smaller than the new Zen from Creative. The View measures 108 x 49.5 x 8.8mm and it weighs in at 82.2g. But this isn't really what makes it stand out, as this just gives it a rather slim and stylish design. It has a 2.4in QVGA LCD display, that's 0.1in smaller than the Creative Zen and 0.4in larger than the nano.
In terms of supported file formats the View won't disappoint, as it will play back H.264, WMV and DivX encoded MPEG4 video, all at 30fps. Music on the other hand is "limited" to MP3, WMA - with and without DRM - WAV and Audible audio books. It doesn't support any lossless formats, nor does it support the DRM free iTunes format like the new Zen. It will also display JPEG pictures and album art.
None of the reasons above really makes the Sansa View stand out, but there are two reasons why it does. Reason one is that the View comes in either 8 or 16GB, but the real corker here is the fact that the 8GB version is US$149.99 with the 16GB one coming in at $199.99, that's 99 cents more expensive than either iPod nano, but you get twice as much memory. That's hard to knock, but the Sansa View has one more ace up its sleeve, it's got a microSD card slot and it's compatible with SDHC cards, so you could add a further 8GB and larger cards will be out before the end of the year.
The second reason is battery life, Creative and Apple manages 25 and 24h respectively for audio and both manages 5h for video. The Sansa View beats them easily at 35h for music and 7h for video. That's enough for most long haul flights and back in terms of music playback time and you'll get quite far with 7h of video.
The new design looks much cleaner than the Sansa e200 series and it looks like SanDisk has improved upon the controls. It stills packs a mic for voice recordings and it will feature an FM radio with 20 presets, although this might not be a standard feature in some countries or territories such as the EU as they charge a fairly hefty import tax on radio's for some reason. The only complaint we have is the fact that the View doesn't use a standard mini USB connector, but at least SanDisk has stuck with the same interconnect as it's previous generation of players.
If you're ready to get one or just want some more info, head over to SanDisk
Shuttle have added another XPC to their lineup this week based on Intel's tried and trusted P35 Express chipset. The new XPC Prima SP35P2 Pro has most of the features we've come to expect from the P35 chipset, minus the obvious like a second x16 PCIe slot due to space restrictions.
One additional feature Shuttle have included is "USB Speed-Link" which allows easy file transfers from one system to another using a USB cable, and there's also a built-in fingerprint recognition security system which helps do away with login details and passwords.
More details within Shuttle's official PR.
(Taipei, Taiwan, 31st August 2007) Shuttle Inc. - leading designer and manufacturer of small form factor (SFF) computers and accessories today announced the launch of its top gamers' platform XPC Prima series - the Shuttle XPC Prima SP35P2 Pro platform for extreme gamers.
The Shuttle XPC Prima series SP35P2 Pro supports the latest Intel® multi-core processors up to 1333MHz FSB, accommodating up to 8GB of DDR2-800 memory in a pair of dual-channel mode, over clock-able to 1066MHz. With Intel® P35 Express Chipset's optimized system memory capabilities and chipset over-speed removed attain maximized over-clocking performance. The Shuttle XPC Prima SP35P2 Pro comes with standard 8-channel high definition audio solution enjoy your game from any direction.
If you haven't already noticed it, Apple has launched a range of new iPod's and updated some older products. There's a new range of colour option for the iPod shuffle, which otherwise didn't receive any updates and the price is still US$79. The iPod nano on the other hand got a real overhaul.
If you saw the early spy-shots, then you'll know what we're talking about. It looks somewhat like an iPod cut in half now and gone are the slim, sleek lines of the previous nano's. It has a 2in QVGA display now, that's 320x240 resolution, it can play videos and it has a new user interface. The new nano comes in 4 and 8GB flavours and it's available in five different colours, although the 4GB model only comes in silver/grey. The 4GB model is priced at $149 with the 8GB coming in at $199.
Next up is what Apple now calls the iPod classic which is the larger model with a hard drive in it. The "classic" features 80 and 160GB. Apart from the hard drive size the only news here is an overhauled user interface and the white model has been replaced by a silver coloured one. The classic features a 2.5in 320x240 colour display and the 80GB model costs $249 while the 160GB model is $349.
The most controversial product launched must be the new iPod touch, which looks almost identical to the iPhone, although it's only 8mm thin. It has a 3.5in touch screen with a 320x480 resolution. It did receive Wi-Fi as predicted and Apple now offers an iTunes services via Wi-Fi for it. It features the same user interface as the iPhone and comes with the Safari web browser and YouTube support. The 8GB model will set you back $299 while the 16GB model is priced at a steep $399.
You might wonder why we included the picture of the iPhone and the answer is simply that it received a price drop yesterday. Apple also canned the 4GB model at the same time, although you can pick it up for $299 as long as stock lasts. The 8GB model is now $399, down from $599. There got to be a lot of upset iPhone owners out there with a price drop so soon after the launch.
You can check out all the new product over at Apple
Last night we had the opportunity to experience in person just how easy it is to hack and modify an Apple iPhone to work on networks other than AT&T in the United States.
The whole process took 20 minutes to complete - we will walk you through the process we saw from the undisclosed location hidden in the back streets of somewhere. I was blind folded during transportation to the location, I swear!!
First of all, let me say I am quite aware there are already three methods of iPhone enabling, hacking, modifying or however you would like to put it. The first to surface was the soldering trick but this seems a little impractical for most consumers. The second was software modding the iPhone and paying a fee to do so but it seems AT&T has already shut that down or is in the process of doing so. The third which surfaced recently is similar to what we are going to show here but a little different - it involved modding your SIM with a special module adapter but we are unsure of all the details on the procedure of that mod... until now.
The first step is getting hold of an actual iPhone and for people trying to sell these outside of the USA, it can be quite challenging but they are around - that is for sure, we saw a few last night in a test lab. The second step is modding the iPhone firmware and software to trick it into later using an entirely different non-AT&T SIM card. There are 16 steps in total and they can be found here and here - we saw this being done last night and that process only took around five minutes, if you have done it before and know what you are doing. Once these steps were completed, it was time to mod a non-AT&T sim card.
Using our sources Super SIM module adapter, it was able to trick the iPhone into thinking that any SIM card is a proper and true AT&T SIM. Many people have talked about these types of devices but nobody has actually seen them and exactly how they work.
The above shot is the key photo out of all of these - from left we have the back side of an AT&T SIM, in the middle is the Super SIM (dual) adapter with the important controller which tricks the iPhone and emulates your SIM to be an AT&T issued SIM card. And on the right is the front side of an AT&T SIM card with the ICCID removed to protect our source.
The makers of the Super SIM developed a simple SIM cutting tool since your SIM card will need to be modded to work in the SIM module adapter as you see in the photo further above. The SIM card ready to be chopped is mine but since we already had many cut (like the one you can see below the cutting tool), mine did not go through the torture but it just may if I end up buying an iPhone. The end result of cutting is that small cut up SIM you can see with the gold connectors showing but this is only if you want to use two SIM cards with the iPhone (since it allows for easy switching between SIM cards).
If you only want to use a single SIM inside your iPhone, the makers also have a single style and cheaper Super SIM adapter which does not require the use of the cutting tool; it can be done manually with scissors. You can see the single Super SIM module adapter in the shot below sitting in the middle.
Once your SIM card has been modded, all we had to do was insert the Super SIM module adapter into the iPhone and we were off and racing! Below is a shot to prove it - connected to a non-AT&T network outside of the USA. I even called the phone to make sure it was legit (I hope we blurred out my number enough!) and sure enough it worked without a hitch. We even tested to calling to other phones and sending SMS messages both ways, also without any issues. The only part of the iPhone that did not work was the YouTube function but the makers are working on a fix right now before this solution hits the market.
The maker of the Super SIM expects to start selling the iPhone along with the Super SIM to phone stores locally and around the world soon. They will not modify the iPhone in any way but will provide instructions on how to software mod the iPhone and also mod your SIM card to fit and work with their module adapter. Our source told us that stores will be responsible for providing this service to the consumer and the service fee will probably be included in the price of the Super SIM adapters and will all be done in the store at point of sale - behind closed doors, of course. The phone will be sold without any warranty.
Hurray for freedom, baby!
A little bit later than initially expected, HTC has finally launched the TyTN II Windows Mobile 6 Professional smart phone. To call it a smart phone is almost an insult, as the TyTN II has more features built in that some budget notebooks. It's a quad band GSM, tri band 3.5G handset with HSDPA, GPRS and EDGE for data connectivity. It also features 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 for wireless connectivity.
It's powered by a 400MHz Qualcomm MSM 7200 CPU and comes with 256MB of ROM and 128MB or RAM. It has a 2.8-inch 240x320 LCD touch screen that slides out to reveal a keyboard and it can even be tilted for better usage on a desk. The TyTN II also has a 3 Megapixel camera with auto focus, a first as far as we know from HTC, as well as a front mounted VGA camera for video calls.
It's powered by a 1,350mAh battery which should give it about 350h standby and some 260 minutes of call in 3G mode and 420 minutes of call time in GSM mode according to HTC. It's also got a microSD card slot for memory expansion, but there was no mention if this supports SDHC cards or not. It's also a built in GPS, something its predecessor didn't have.
You can find out more details here