A Look Ahead at Smartphones Coming this Quarter

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

Only one of these has just been rumored, while all the rest have been officially announced. Exact release dates for virtually all of them are somewhat vague, though.

While these devices are from a variety companies and run many different operating systems, together they point out some trends in the mobile device market.  For example, every one of them has 3G and almost all of them will have Wi-Fi. Also, built-in GPS receivers are becoming fairly coomon.

Among the Windows Mobile devices, replacing the standard user interface is popular, with three out of four models on this list offering alternate finger-friendly UIs.

Apple iPhone 3G

The iPhone 3G‘s name is a reference to its most significant new feature, support for high-speed 3G cellular-wireless networks. In addition, a GPS receiver is being added, and so is the ability to run native third-party applications that have been approved by Apple. In addition, it will be able to connect to Microsoft Exchange for corporate email service.

Aside from these, though, the iPhone 3G will quite similar to its predecessor. 

Apple is going to introduce the second-generation iPhone on Friday, July 11. In the U.S. it will be available only from AT&T.

HTC Touch Pro

HTC Touch Pro

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The Touch Pro will be a Windows Mobile 6.1 smartphone with TouchFLO 3D, HTC’s alternate user interface that makes Windows Mobile devices easier to use with a fingertip.

It will have a 2.8-inch VGA display, sliding QWERTY keyboard, and 3G cellular-wireless networking, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.

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


Nokia N96

The Nokia N96 will be a high-end Symbian S60 smartphone with a multimedia focus. It will be able to play video in a variety of formats on its 2.8-inch, QVGA display.

It will be an upgrade for the N95, have the same sliding shape as its predecessor, but offer 16 GB of internal storage, twice as much as the previous model.

The N96 will also have 3G, a 5 megapixel camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, and a microSD slot.

It is scheduled to debut in Europe during this quarter, but a U.S. introduction isn’t expected until later.


Palm Treo 800w

The Treo 800w is the only device on this list that still exists entirely as a rumor, even though it’s supposed to debut on Sprint next week.

Palm’s next Treo will reportedly run Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro. It is expected to be one of the first devices running Microsoft’s mobile operating system to have a 320-by-320-pixel touchscreen, and Palm’s first smartphone with Wi-Fi, GPS, and a Micro-USB 2.0 connector.

This model will supposedly have QWERTY keyboard. In addition, it will have EV-DO support, a microSD/SDHC memory card slot, a 2 MPx camera, Bluetooth, and an infrared port.

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9000

RIM BlackBerry Bold 9000

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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.

Samsung Omnia i900 

The Omnia i900 invites comparison with Apple’s iPhone or the HTC Touch Diamond. It will have a tablet shape and 3.2-inch WQVGA (240 by 400 pixel) touchscreen, and while it will run Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, Samsung is adding its new TouchWiz user interface, which has been designed to make the device easier to use with a fingertip.

This smartphone will have either either 8 GB or 16 GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera.

It will be a quad-band GSM phone with HSDPA (7.2 Mbps). It will also have Bluetooth.

According to an unconfirmed report, AT&T will introduce the Omnia i900 during the third quarter of this year.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

Sony Ericsson Xperia X1

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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.

According to an unconfirmed report, the X1 will debut in mid-September. Officially,  Sony Ericsson has only said this model would be available in the second half of this year, including the U.S..

 

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