The Federal Communications Commission has puts its stamp of approval on the HTC Excalibur, an upcoming Windows Mobile smartphone with a built-in alphanumeric keyboard.
HTC has not yet announced this device, and it filed a request for confidentiality with the FCC about it, so this government agency isn’t revealing any new information.
And the fact that it is now approved for use in the United States isn’t a sure sign that any wireless carriers in this country will be offering it.
Still, FCC approval indicates that this smartphone really exists, and isn’t just an empty rumor.
What little information the FCC is revealing about the Excalibur can be found on its web site.
HTC may be keeping mum about the Excalibur, but it isn’t the only source of information.
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According to various rumors and leaks, this device will use a design that is becoming increasingly popular: a slim tablet shape with a QWERTY keyboard below the screen.
It will supposedly include a real innovation: a jog strip. 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.
This will reportedly be a quad-band GSM/GPRS device. Whether it will offer EDGE or a faster cellular-wireless networking standard is not yet known,
In addition, the Excalibur is expected to offer both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
A great deal of information about it remains unknown, like its processor speed, amount of internal storage, memory card type, and when it will be released.
A leaked photo of this device shows it using a theme from T-Mobile, and rumors of a Cingular Wireless version have also been circulating.