One of the best ways to find out what wireless devices are close to release is by watching the website of the Federal Communications Commission, who must approve all wireless devices before they can released in the United States. Once a device has been approved, the FCC then posts some information about it on its site.
The latest device to be outed in this way is the HTC Falcon, a Pocket PC Phone Edition device that uses CDMA wireless networks. This device appears to be quite similar to the Pocket PC Phone Edition handheld HTC already makes and several wireless companies sell that uses GSM networks. Unlike the previous device, though, this one includes a built-in GPS receiver.
At HTC it’s code-named the Falcon, though it almost certainly won’t be called this by any of the companies that offer it.
While the FCC site is good for finding out the basics of a device, it doesn’t usually give many of the details handheld users want. For example, it says that the Falcon is 5.3 by 3.1 by 0.8 inches, but it doesn’t give its weight. It says that it will run the Pocket PC Phone Edition but not how much RAM it has.
However, as a Pocket PC Phone Edition device, there are certain hardware requirements. It has to a 240 by 320 pixel screen and an SD/MMC card slot. The Falcon’s screen is, of course, color. It also has a built-in voice recorder.
It is a dual frequency device, CDMA 800 and CDMA 1900. Like the company’s GSM version, this is more of a wireless handheld than a smartphone, though it can make phone calls. It uses a virtual phone keypad displayed on the screen, not a physical keypad.
The FCC page has some additional pictures of this device and a copy of its user manual.
It is not yet known when companies will begin offering this device or what it will cost.
HTC, or High-Tech Computer to give the company’s full name, is a Taiwanese company that specializes in designing and manufacturing handhelds which are then released under other companies’ names. It’s a hardware platform development partner for the Windows CE operating system.
Thanks to Phone Scoop for the tip.