The HTC Snap is a newly-announced QWERTY smartphone that will be released later this year.
The unveiling was at the CTIA trade show, and I was there to get a video preview of this upcoming Windows phone:
I also had a brief time to test out the Snap. From what I can tell, if you like the T-Mobile Dash, you’re going to love this new model. It’s thinner, and has some nice new features.
At the top of list of improvements is Inner Circle, which quickly hides your less important emails, and shows you just the ones from people you consider most important — whether that’s your boss or your spouse is up to you.
The Snap’s keyboard passed my initial test: I was able to quickly write a sentence without a single mis-key the very first time I used it. And the trackball is a nice touch.
An Overview of the HTC Snap
This device will be less than a half-inch thick (12 mm), yet include a full keyboard with domed keys, 2.4-inch QVGA display, and a trackball.
It will run Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard on a 528 MHz processor, and have 192 MB of RAM. It will, of course, come bundled with the standard suite of productivity and entertainment applications that are a part of this platform.
The HTC Snap will include high-speed 3G HSPA connectivity for Europe and Asia. HTC also plans to release an alternate, unlocked version with N. American HSDPA support (850/1900 MHz).
It will also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and other features will include GPS, 2.0 megapixel camera, and microSD card slot
HTC promises it will deliver up to eight and a half hours of talk time with the standard 1500 mAh battery.
The HTC Snap is expected to be available in select countries during the second quarter of this year, rolling
out in markets around the world throughout the second half of 2009.
HTC has declined to talk about which specific wireless carriers are interested, but T-Mobile is supposedly on the list.
The HTC S522, the unlocked N. American version of this phone, will be released during the summer.