The day has finally arrives, ladies and gents! The long-awaited 3.5G uber-smartphone from HTC has finally launched in Europe – the HTC TyTN II. We’ve been squirming in our seats for this Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional-powered monster of a smartphone to launch, and now that it has, it’s a bit surreal.
A quick recap. The HTC TyTN II (codenamed: HTC Kaiser) is the baddest SOB on the smartphone block. It’s packing integrated GPS, quad-band GSM with tri-band UMTS (HSDPA makes this thing 3.5G), 3 megapixel autofocus camera, Bluetooth 2.0, 256MB ROM/128MB RAM, WiFi b/g, 2.8 inch display, Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional, and of course, that trick tilt-up keyboard. The HTC Kaiser’s feature-set reads like a gadget geek’s Christmas wishlist (read: like our wishlist).
Keep reading for the juicy deets and more pics than you can throw an obsolete smartphone at.
HTC’s Kaiser will be sold under the Taiwan handset manufacturer’s own brand as the HTC TyTN II – no doubt all those European carriers are going to rename this thing as they see fit. Starting in September, HTC will be selling the HTC TyTN II direct to consumers in unlocked form. Orange, T-Mobile, Telefonica Group, and Vodafone will follow shortly afterwards. Orange plans to launch the HTC TyTN II in the UK, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands by the end of September; followed by Spain, Poland, Romania and Slovakia in October.
Here’s the full feature list:
- Adjustable screen angle and slide-out QWERTY keyboard
- 2.8-inch 240 x 320 QVGA touch screen
- Tri-band UMTS & Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
- 3.5G high speed internet
- Live HTC Home screen
- Windows Mobile 6 Professional with Direct Push Email
- Internal GPS antenna, TomTom Navigator 6 Taster Edition
- Business Card Scanner
- 3 mega-pixel auto focus camera
- Wireless LAN – WiFi 802.11b/g
- Bluetooth 2.0
- ROM 256MB and RAM 128MB
- Easy scrolling with touch scrolling or jog wheel
- microSD card slot
- Dimensions – 112mm (L) x 59mm (W) x 19mm (T)
- Weight – 190g with battery
- Battery: 1,350 mAh rechargeable Li-polymer battery
- Standby time: Up to 350 hours for UMTS, Up to 365 hours for GSM
- Talk time: Up to 264 minutes for UMTS, Up to 420 minutes for GSM, Up to 120 minutes for video call
HTC press release (PDF warning)