According to information that has recently leaked out, Cingular Wireless will begin offering three additional Windows Mobile smartphones this fall.
A trustworthy source has told Engadget that versions of the iPAQ hw6900, HTC Star Trek, and HTC Hermes will be available from this carrier in the coming months.
It seems the iPAQ will be first, with the two HTC models coming out a few weeks later.
All of these devices will run Windows Mobile 5.0, though they have very different form-factors and one of them, the Star Trek, will use the version of this operating system specifically designed for smartphones, which means it won’t have a touch screen. The other two will be Pocket PCs.
The iPAQ hw6900 series follows the now-familiar pattern of a candybar design with a QWERTY keyboard below its screen.
Not surprisingly, this smartphone will supposedly use Cingular’s GSM/GPRS network, plus it will support the somewhat faster EDGE network. To this, it will offer both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
However, according to this information, Cingular’s version of the hw6900 series will not include support for this carrier’s faster UTMS network.
Still, it will have a built-in GPS receiver.
HTC Star Trek
The device code-named the HTC Star Trek will supposedly be the second Window Mobile phone to be available from Cingular this fall.
This smartphone will use a clamshell design, with the screen on one side of a hinge and a numberpad on the other.
While this device will offer Bluetooth, its support for EDGE probably won’t make up for its lack of both Wi-Fi and UMTS. Still, there are certainly some customers who will appreciate its thin form-factor.
Brighthand’s first impressions of the HTC Star Trek can be found here.
The other Pocket PC smartphone reportedly coming from Cingular this fall is code-named the HTC Hermes. This should be the replacement for a device already available, the Cingular 8125.
The current model, for all its features, lacks support for 3G cellular-wireless networks. The Hermes, on the other hand, will supposedly offer support for HSDPA, which will give users data transfer speeds between 400 and 700 kilobits per second.
Like its predecessors, the Hermes will have a landscape orientation, with a keyboard located on a slider so it can be hidden behind the screen.
At this point, it is not known what Cingular plans to charge for any of these three devices.