HTC has just taken the wraps off the S740, a smartphone that’s surprising for a couple of reasons.
For one, it’s a model that there have been no widespread rumors about, so the official announcement is really the first time just about anyone outside of the company has heard of it.
Also, the S740 will run Windows Mobile Standard, the non-touchscreen edition of Microsoft’s operating system. It had been so long since HTC’s last model that used this edition that some had thought the company had given up on it.
An Overview of the HTC S740
The designers of the S740 must have used the idea “If one keypad is good, then two is better.” At first glance, this model looks like a standard candybar phone, with a 2.4-inch, QVGA display and numberpad.
But a closer examination reveals that this will be a slider, with a full, landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard hidden behind the screen.
This will be a quad-band GSM phone so it can be used to make phone calls around the world, but will only have the 3G frequencies used in Europe and Asia. Still, it will support 7.2 Mbps HSDPA.
The S740 will also include Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR.
It will run Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard on a 528 MHz processor, and have a generous 256 MB of RAM, 256 MB of Flash ROM, and a microSD card slot.
This HTC model will also include a 3.2 MPx camera and a GPS receiver.
Overall, it will be 116.3 mm by 43.4 mm by 16.3 mm, and weigh 140 g with its battery installed.
According to HTC, the 1000 mAh rechargeable battery in this device will be good for 320 mins. of talk time on a 3G connection or 400 hours of stand-by time. On a regular GSM connection, talk time will be 380 mins. and stand-by time will be 280 hours.
HTC says S740 will be available across Europe in September. There has been no word of a N. American version.
Also unknown is the price for this smartphone.