Remember the HTC Snap? It’s a WinMo 6.1 mobile packing a full QWERTY keypad and track ball navigation. It’s hardly the most innovative of mobiles, but it does pack handy 3G where others do not. It’s available now for US$435 – great news for you wallet-watching BlackBerry fans.
The BlackBerry Bold packs one of the best QWERTY keypads around, but it’s rather bulky. Now the BlackBerry Curve corrects this weight issue with a body slim enough to make Kate Moss blush, but it’s far less pokeable (than the Bold, not the supermodel). It didn’t take long for some bright-spark at RIM, to put two and two together, and release a handset with the best of both. Enter the BlackBerry Tour. Aside from the ace keypad, it comes with a 480×360 screen, Bluetooth, MicroSD slot, and 3.2MP autofocus camera. Looks like a Bold in Curve’s clothing.
Having ripped-off made its own version of a touchscreen QWERTY slider (the Touch Pro II looks very similiar to Nokia’s N97) HTC is looking to move into BlackBerry territory with the Snap. Now what does it remind us of? The Snap has a full QWERTY, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and has track ball navigation. It’s also got a few dedicated email, internet and search buttons exposed. HTC says it will be consumer friendly (read: cheaper than the competition) which is great news for wallet-watching BlackBerry fans. While HTC’s design team hasn’t been the most innovative with these models, we have to hand it to them. They’ve produced mobiles sure to entice, packing more features for less money (for example, the Snap has 3G while the Bold does not) and stuck to its Windows Mobile guns. More when we get our hands on one, soon.
[via Akihabara News]
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