Today at the 2008 GSMA Mobile World Congress, HTC Corp. announced an updated version of the HTC Advantage that introduces new software, increased storage and an improved keyboard. The HTC Advantage is an ideal companion for the business traveler who needs a powerful and portable device that includes constant connectivity.
Developed from the ground up to be extremely portable, yet powerful, the HTC Advantage(TM) integrates a broad set of features into a compact and innovative design. Based on a future version of Windows Mobile, the updated HTC Advantage(TM) includes a customized HTC Home today screen that provides one-touch access to emails, text messages, missed calls, calendar appointments and contacts, as well as current weather conditions and forecasts for hundreds of cities around the world.
The HTC Advantage features HTC's TouchFLO(TM) software which enhances finger touch scrolling and browsing of Web pages, documents, messages and contact lists. The Advantage(TM) will also include Opera Mobile 9 and Google Maps for mobile.
In addition to the many software enhancements, the HTC Advantage(TM) also adds a variety of new and improved hardware features including 16GB of storage, a new improved keyboard with haptic feedback and an updated version of VueFLO(TM) using a G-sensor that recognises the screen orientation of the device for optimal customer usage. "Having established broader boundaries for mobile computing with the first HTC Advantage a year ago, we are introducing a wealth of new enhancements focused on improving the overall touch screen and keyboard user experience," said Peter Chou, president and CEO of HTC. "Our goal with the HTC Advantage is to provide a small connected mobile computing device that will replace notebook PCs on daily commutes or short trips."
With its innovative built-in video output capability, the HTC Advantage(TM) empowers its users with freedom to make presentations anywhere. Users can run presentations directly via the projector and TV output. Its 5-inch VGA colour touch screen and innovative, magnetic QWERTY keyboard are ideal not just for editing Microsoft Office documents, but also for enjoying leisure time. Users can watch videos, browse the web, use instant Outlook push e-mail, synchronize their contacts, tasks and calendar, and navigate anywhere with inbuilt GPS and TomTom NAVIGATOR 6. Offering a complete package of connectivity, the HTC Advantage(TM) offers a wide variety of Wireless connectivity options such as Tri-band HSPDA, Wi-Fi(R) and stereo Bluetooth(R) 2.0 connectivity. The updated HTC Advantage(TM) will be available in March in select countries across Europe.
The Full product spec is as follows: Product name HTC Advantage(TM) (X7510) Size 133.5 x 98 x 16 mm (additional 4.75mm for keyboard) Weight 290g + 85g for keyboard Networks WCDMA/HSDPA: 850/1900/2100 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz Operating system Future Version of Windows Mobile(R) Display 5-inch VGA with touch screen Camera 3.1 megapixel with auto focus VGA for video calling Internal memory 256 MB + 16 GB flash; 128 MB RAM Memory card miniSD(TM) WLAN 802.11b/g Bluetooth(R) 2.0 GPS GPS Interface HTC ExtUSB(TM) (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed); HTC 16 pin port (USB 1.1 host, TV/VGA out); 3.5mm audio jack with microphone Battery 2100 mAh Talk time WCDMA: up to 300 minutes GSM: up to 360 minutes* Standby time WCDMA: up to 300 hours GSM: up to 300 hours* Special feature Detachable QWERTY Keyboard with Haptic feedback; document printing; G sensor Chipset Marvell PXA270 624 MHz; Qualcomm(R) MSM6275
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview