Taiwan’s High Tech Computer (HTC) Wednesday announced a new cellular handset for the U.S. market that offers a full qwerty keyboard and support for Wi-Fi.
The phone, called Dash, is based on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile software and is the first from HTC to offer a full qwerty on the phone’s face, similar to Research In Motion’s popular BlackBerry handset. The Dash will be sold in the United States through mobile operator T-Mobile USA , HTC said.
Among the Dash’s other features, it offers a 2.4-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) screen with a resolution of 320 by 240 pixels and support for Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM), General Packet Radio Service and Enhanced Data Rate for GSM Evolution networks. The phone also offers a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth support and a slot for microSD memory cards.
The Dash goes on in sale in the United States on Oct. 25, T-Mobile said. Pricing was not immediately available.
-Sumner Lemon, IDG News Service (Singapore Bureau)