The European wireless carrier T-Mobile appears to have jumped the gun on HTC a bit, and has taken the wraps off a smartphone that earlier was only a rumor.
T-Mobile calls this model the MDA Vario IV, but it is better known to the rest of the world as the HTC Raphael.
In many ways, this device will be similar to the HTC Touch Diamond, which was unveiled early this month, but unlike its sister model will include a sliding QWERTY keyboard.
It will also have 3G wireless networking (7.2 Mbits HSDPA) and a GPS receiver.
The Raphael/MDA Vario IV will have a VGA touchscreen, and run Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.
In addition, this smartphone will include a 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera, and a front-facing one for video conferencing.
T-Mobile will introduce the MDA Vario IV by the end of this summer. It is not yet known when other wireless carriers will start offering the HTC Raphael.
But Wait, There’s More!
In addition to the HTC Raphael, T-Mobile announced plans to offer the HTC Touch Diamond, which it will call the MDA compact IV. This model will be an upgraded version of the very popular HTC Touch, and include a VGA display, a 3-megapixel camera, and Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro.
T-Mobile isn’t stopping there; this carrier also said it will soon introduce the HTC Advantage X7510 as the Ameo 16GB. This device combines the features of a laptop, handheld, and smartphone. It includes a 5-inch VGA screen, 3G cellular-wireless networking, Wi-Fi, an SSD hard drive, and a video-out port.
The MDA compact IV will go on sale in July, while the Ameo 16GB will launch next month.