T-Mobile USA will soon begin offering a Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone it is calling the Dash.
This device will use a design that is becoming increasingly popular: a slim tablet shape (4.4 by 2.5 by 0.5 in.) with a QWERTY keyboard below the screen. It has a few things that will help set it apart from the pack, like Wi-Fi b/g and its jog strip.
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Instead of pushing up and down on a jog wheel, users will run their finger up and down a touch-sensitive strip just to the right of the screen. Above and below this strip will be areas that can be touched to open the Start Menu and go Back.
The Dash will include a 320-by-240-pixel display that is in landscape mode by default.
Early reports indicate it will have a 201 MHz OMAP850 processor from TI, 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of ROM space, but this has not yet been confirmed by T-Mobile.
This will be a quad-band GSM/GPRS phone with EDGE support, and it will also sport Bluetooth short-range wireless networking.
This smartphone will also include a 1.3 megapixel camera and a microSD memory card slot.
The regular price for the T-Mobile Dash will be $349, but that drops to $199 with a two-year contract, or $249 with a one-year contract.
Despite today’s announcement, though, this model is not yet listed on T-Mobile’s web site.
Update 1: T-Mobile has just added this smartphone to its web site, but the carrier is not yet taking orders for it.
Update 2: T-Mobile has released a statement saying that the Dash will be available October 25.
Thnks to SoldierAnt for the tip.