A Look Ahead at Smartphones Coming this Quarter

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October is the beginning of a new quarter, and there are a number of smartphones scheduled to be released in the next three months.

HTC Touch HD

The design of the Touch HD will be centered on its 3.8-inch WVGA display, making it one of many devices that is clearly aimed to compete with the iPhone.

It will run Windows Mobile 6.1 with TouchFLO 3D, HTC’s alternate user interface that makes Windows Mobile devices easier to use with a fingertip.

Other features will include 3G, GPS, a 5 MPx camera, microSD card slot, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The HTC Touch HD will definitely debut in Europe in the near future — supposedly from O2 in November — but there has been nothing concrete about a U.S. release.

HTC Touch Pro HTC Touch Pro

Already available in Europe, the Touch Pro will make its U.S. debut when Sprint introduces it on October 19. There are also unconfirmed reports that AT&T will release a version of it this month, too.

Like the other devices in the Touch series, this is a Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone with TouchFLO 3D. It has a 2.8-inch VGA display, sliding QWERTY keyboard, 3G cellular-wireless networking, microSD card slot, and Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

This smartphone has a great deal in common with the HTC Touch Diamond, but the Touch Pro has a greater focus on professional users.

HTC Touch Viva and Touch 3G

Last month, HTC took the wraps off two smartphones that will be less expensive than the other devices this company is debuting this year. Both will be re-workings of the original HTC Touch which debuted in 2007, run Windows Mobile 6.1, and employ TouchFLO 3D on QVGA displays.

The Touch 3G will, not surprisingly, emphasize its support for high-speed cellular-wireless networking. This will come at the expense of Wi-Fi.

The Touch Viva, on the other hand, won’t have 3G at all, but will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Whether either of these models will debut this quarter is not yet known, but it’s possible both will be on the market before the end of the year.

Nokia E72

Unlike most of the other models on this list, the Nokia E72 exists only as  rumor. According to some reports, it will be a version of the Nokia E71 created for AT&T, but others say it might be a version of the E71 for Verizon.

If either of these are correct, then the E72 will have a tablet shape with a QWERTY keyboard below a landscape-oriented QVGA display. The E71 runs Symbian S60, and includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, plus a GPS receiver, and the E72 is likely to have these, too.

Nokia N85

The N85 will be a replacement for the N95 smartphone, and feature the same dual-slider design. The major change will be an active matrix OLED screen with a 320-by-240-pixel resolution.

The Nokia N85 was originally scheduled to debut in Europe in Q3, but it missed that deadline. Its U.S. debut isn’t supposed to occur until erly next year. 

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9000 RIM BlackBerry Bold 9000

The Bold will includes a number of firsts for a RIM smartphone. It will be the first from this company to support tri-band HSDPA high-speed 3G networks around the world. It is the first from RIM with a half-VGA (480 by 320 pixel) display, and the first with robust support for viewing and editing Microsoft Office documents. The design isn’t a radical departure from RIM’s earlier lineup, though.

Wi-Fi, GPS, and a 2 MPx camera will round out this smartphone.

Exactly when during this quarter the Bold will be introduced is not yet known. So far, AT&T is the only U.S. carrier that has committed to this device, and reports on when the debut will be range from mid-October through November.

RIM BlackBerry Curve 8900

The BlackBerry 8900 — formerly known as the Javelin — will be the next model in the Curve series. It will have a full QWERTY keyboard and an HVGA+ (480 by 360 pixel) display.

This quad-band GSM smartphone will not have 3G, but it will include Wi-Fi b/g and a GPS receiver.

It is expected to be released by T-Mobile USA in the coming months, though this has not yet been confirmed.

BlackBerry Pearl 8220RIM BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220

This will be RIM’s first flip-phone ever. Opening up its clamshell will expose a a 320-by-240-pixel (QVGA) internal screen, a SureType keyboard, and a trackball.

The Pearl Flip 8220 will be a quad-band GSM phone that won’t have 3G but will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It will also sport a 2.0 MPx camera and a microSD card slot.

T-Mobile USA has committed to releasing this BlackBerry, but when that will happen is not yet known. Still, it’s likely to be before the end of this quarter.

RIM BlackBerry Storm

Coming out with flip-phone isn’t the only first up RIM’s sleeve. It is also reportedly getting close to releasing its first smrtphone with a touchscreen. The BlackBerry Storm will supposedly be launched by Verizon in November.

This model will have a tablet shape with a relatively large display. It won’t have a built-in keyboard, and will offer users haptic feedback when entering text on the screen.

In addition to Verizon, other carriers are eventually expected to release this device. The GSM version reportedly will go by the name BlackBerry Thunder. 

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

Sony Ericsson’s first Windows Mobile smartphone will be the Xperia X1. The centerpiece of this device will be its 3-inch, WVGA (800 by 480 pixel) touchscreen.

In shape, it will be a “slider,” which means its display will slide aside to reveal a QWERTY keyboard.

In addition, this quad-band GSM phone will have support for the 3G frequencies used around the world. It will also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Officially, Sony Ericsson has only said this model would be available in the second half of this year, including the U.S. Unofficially, AT&T is supposed to be planning to release it this quarter.

T-Mobile G1T-Mobile G1

The T-Mobile G1 will be the first smartphone running Android, an operating system developed by Google. It is a consumer-oriented device with support for this carrier’s new 3G network.

It will include an HVGA touchscreen, a QWERTY keyboard, GPS, and Wi-Fi.

The G1 will debut in the U.S. on October 22, and in the U.K. in November.




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