We've just gotten our hands on a newcomer from HTC: their S740 Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard phone. That's the current lingo for what was formerly known as smartphone edition, which means it does not have a touch screen.
The HTC S740 continues in the footsteps of the HTC S710, which means it's a GSM unlocked QVGA smartphone with a standard number pad and a side-sliding keyboard. But the resemblance ends there, and it bears a greater resemblance to the HTC HTC Touch Diamond and Euro HTC Touch Pro or HTC Fuze in the US. It's got those devices styling and nearly identical specs other than the display.
It's sold for around $500 by importers unlocked for GSM networks and it's a quad band world phone with EDGE. There's 3G HSDPA, but only on the Euro/Asian 900/2100MHz bands. The price will probably drop $50 over time, but right now it's pretty new.
Here's our HTC S740 video review:
HTC S740 specs:
Procesor: Qualcomm MSM7225, 528MHz Operating System Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard Memory ROM: 256MB RAM: 256MB SDRAM Dimensions (LxWxT) 116.3 mm x 43.4 mm x 16.6 mm (4.58 in x 1.71 in x 0.65 in) Weight 140 grams (4.94 ounces) with battery Display 2.4 inch TFT-LCD with backlight LEDs and QVGA resolution Network HSDPA/WCDMA: . Europe: 900/2100 MHz . Up to 384 kbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: . 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Device Control 4-Way navigation control with Enter button Keyboard Slide-out 4-row QWERTY keyboard GPS GPS and A-GPS ready Connectivity Bluetooth 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for stereo wireless headsets Wi-Fi(R): IEEE 802.11 b/g HTC ExtUSB (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one) Camera 3.2 megapixel color camera with fixed focus Audio Built-in microphone, speaker and FM radio Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion polymer battery Capacity: 1000 mAh Talk time: Up to 300 minutes for WCDMA . Up to 350 minutes for GSM Standby time: . Up to 400 hours for WCDMA . Up to 260 hours for GSM Expansion Slot microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview