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This model can only be used with wireless carriers that use the GSM standard, but HTC has revealed that it is developing a CDMA version called called the Vogue that will be usable with carriers like Sprint and Verizon. This also includes features not available in its sister model.
In a sign that this smartphone may hit the market in the United States in the near future, it has just received the approval of the Federal Communications Commission.
Coming When and Where?
Unfortunately, the documents available on this government agency’s web site don’t say which carrier or carriers will be offering the Vogue.
However, HTC has filed a confidentiality request with the FCC, asking that some details of this product be kept from the general public until September 30. This is a strong hint that this smartphone will be available on that date or before.
Vogue vs. Touch
The Vogue will offer all of the features of the GSM version, but also include some additional ones.
Possibly the most significant of these is support for 3G cellular-wireless networking. The Vogue will offer EV-DO Rev.A, while the fastest standard the Touch supports is EDGE, a 2.5G networking standard.
In addition, the upcoming version of this smartphone will have a built-in GPS receiver, but its predecessor does not.
More Details on the HTC Vogue
Like other devices, the Vogue will run Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6 Professional, but include a new way of controlling touchscreen-based devices developed by HTC called TouchFLO. Like the iPhone, this model will be capable of recognizing and responding to the sweep of a finger across the screen. This will allow users to launch applications without a stylus.
The all-important touchscreen will be 2.8 inches and have a 320-by-240-pixel (QVGA) resolution.
In addition to its 3G capabilities, the Vogue will have Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0.
It will include 128 MB of RAM (twice as much as the Touch) and 128 MB of ROM. It will also have a slot for microSD cards.
In addition, a 2.0 megapixel camera will be part of this device.