Online stores in the United States have begun offering the HTC S630, also known by its code-name as the Cavalier. This smartphone is the next generation version of the T-Mobile Dash and HTC Excalibur.
The latest model includes 3G cellular-wireless networking and the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system for smartphones.
Similarities and Differences
Like its predecessor, the S630 has a tablet shape with a built-in keyboard and QVGA display. And, like the Dash, it includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. However, this new model includes many features not in the earlier one.
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This starts off with Windows Mobile 6 Standard which, unlike Windows Mobile 5 for Smartphones, includes the ability to edit Microsoft Office documents. Of course, T-Mobile is now offering an operating system upgrade for the Dash.
The S630 has 400 MHz processor (twice as fast as its predecessor), 64 MB RAM, and 128 MB of ROM for storage.
Both the Cavalier and the Dash are quad-band GSM/GPRS devices with EDGE, but the new model adds the 3G standard HSDPA.
More Details on the HTC S630
In addition to its other features, HTC’s latest smartphone has a 2 megapixel camera and a microSD card slot.
The Cavalier offers HTML email and support for Microsoft’s push email system.
It is 4.4 inches tall, 2.4 inches wide, and 0.5 inches thick (112.5 mm x 62.5 mm x 13.5 mm). It weighs 4.2 ounces.
Pricing and Availability
The S630 is being sold as an unlocked device, and it can therefore be used with most carriers that use the GSM standard.
Because it isn’t being sold through carrier, its price isn’t being subsidized, so the Cavalier is fairly expensive when compared to the T-Mobile Dash. Mobile Planet is selling it for $565, while E-Gadget Depot’s price is $560.
Curiously, it is not yet listed on HTC’s own web site.