HTC’s ultra-strokeable HD2 arrives on our sunny shores next week, for a whopping US$900 (Dhs3,299). Running a skinned version of Windows Mobile 6.5 called Sense, it packs a glorious 4.3in capacitive touchscreen and a 5MP camera with a blinding flash. It has proximity sensors to prevent false touches on its gigantic screen, and if you have a 3G connection it can even pipe out Wi-Fi for all your internet-starved devices.
After a terribly long wait, it seems the Middle East is finally getting some Android-love. HTC will launch ‘the first Android-powered phone’ to Saudi customers later this month. We’re not sure what Samsung has to say about its ‘first Android’ claims, but we really don’t mind. Just keep ’em coming HTC.
The Android mobile in question will be the HTC Magic, available from STC in Saudi Arabia.
Full press release, after the jump.
HTC dropped us a line this morning, and gave us another reason to salivate over its gorgeous WinMo handset. It got Etisalat involved in the smartphone summer bonanza, and any TD2 that’s snapped up before September 30th comes with a free 1GB data package. Still wondering if it’s worth it? We’ve put the stellar smartphone through it’s paces this month in Stuff, grab a copy for the full review.
Nokia’s latest N-series mobile has finally landed on the sunny shores of Dubai. We’ve played with it before, but we’re still rather impressed with this sleek little slider. It’s got a 5MP camera, HSDPA, A-GPS and up to 48GB of storage to play with, not to mention a full QWERTY revealed via sumptuous tilting mechanism. Expect to find it in stores early next week, for around US$850.
This marks the first release of the summer smartphone bonanza – with the Palm Pre launching in the US tomorrow, a new iPhone on the horizon, and HTC and Samsung both teasing big announcements. Like a Dubai summer, the mobile market is going to get very hot and sticky.
A mysterious invite appeared in the Stuff mailbag yesterday. Du says it is launching two ‘special’ and ‘new’ products on Sunday. What are they? ‘Black is a mysterious colour,’ says the UAE telecoms company. We’re going to be pretty disappointed if it’s not an iPhone or BlackBerry (with prices to duke it up with Etisalat’s tariffs). Course, if it’s the T-Mobile G1, we’re going to be ecstatic. G2? Now we’re dreaming.
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Tagged android, blackberry, du, etisalat, G1, G2, HTC, iphone, Magic, T-Mobile, Vodafone
According to Talk Android, Vodafone won’t release the Magic (aka Android G2) until May 1, later than the vague ‘sometime in April’ launch the big V was heading for. Yet the company’s site still maintains that the HTC-made phone is ‘arriving in April’. And Stuff – which has signed up for updates – is yet to hear any word on the new date. Fingers crossed, the rumours are wrong, but we can’t help feeling that Voda should have given us a date by now if it is launching this month. More as we hear it…
UPDATE: Voda’s site still says this:
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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Tagged 3G, blackberry, BlackBerry Bold, HTC, HTC Snap, HTC Touch Pro II, mobile phones, nokia, Nokia N97, QWERTY, Windows Mobile 6.1