Verizon Wireless may soon be the third major wireless carrier in the U.S. to introduce the HTC Touch Pro.
This high-end, business-oriented smartphone — which features a VGA touchscreen and a sliding keyboard — will debut on this carrier’s website on Nov. 24, if a document leaked to Engadget is correct. It will be available in Verizon stores on Dec. 1.
It will reportedly go by the name Verizon XV6850, and will sell for $350 with a two-year contract and $70 mail-in rebate.
This carrier will supposedly be charging a bit more for its version of the Touch Pro than its U.S. rivals. Both AT&T’s version — called the Fuze — and Sprint’s sell for $300 with contract and rebate.
More about the Verizon XV6850
The XV6850 will have a built-in sliding keyboard, and is expected to replace the XV6800 in this carrier’s lineup.
It will run Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional with HTC’s finger-friendly TouchFLO 3D user interface on top.
In shape, the XV6850 will be a slider: a QWERTY keyboard will slide behind its 2.8-inch VGA touchscreen.
This smartphone will support Verizon’s EV-DO network and allow tethering. It will also have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Additional features will include GPS, a microSD/SDHC card slot, and a 1350 mAh battery.