Today, some information has leaked out about an upcoming Windows Mobile smartphone that will heavily emphasize music playback.
According to CoolSmartPhone, this device is currently being tested by the European wireless carrier Orange, where it will be called the SPV C550.
However, it has been developed by the Taiwanese company High Tech Computer. Devices created by HTC frequently are offered by several different carriers, so it’s quite possible the C550 will appear outside of Europe, as well, with a different name.
Reportedly, the C550 will be one of the first — if not the first — Windows Mobile smartphone to include a QVGA (240-by-320-pixel) display. Support for QVGA (240 by 320 pixel) screens was included in the smartphone version of Windows Mobile 2003 SE, but no company has yet released a device that takes advantage of this feature.
Clearly this device will have a heavy emphasis on music. There are iPod-like buttons on the front solely to control its audio player, which will almost certainly be Windows Media Player 10 for Mobile.
The C550 will have 64 MB of RAM and a miniSD slot for additional storage.
It will supposedly also include a 1.3 megapixel camera with flash and Bluetooth wireless networking.
This will be a GSM/GPRS (Class 10) device, and it might have some form of 3G, as well.
The SPV C550 is expected to debut from Orange in May.
Thanks to Smartphone Thoughts for the tip.