Fans of HTC’s hybrid-messaging handsets like the HTC Libra will be glad to hear that HTC is updating their smartphone lineup with a US variant of the HTC S740, dubbed the HTC S743. With both a numeric keypad and slide-out QWERTY keyboard, the HTC S743 offers a Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard (no touchscreen here, folks) experience unlike anything else in HTC’s current Diamond-inspired lineup.
The HTC S743 has been announced for the US market and will support the 850Mhz and 1900Mhz 3G frequencies (allowing for HSDPA data speeds) used by AT&T in The States. The slide-out QWERTY keyboard makes text and email messaging a breeze, while the numeric keypad highlights the handset’s emphasis on making voice calls. And, even with a 2.4-inch QVGA display offering generous screen real-estate, the HTC S743 manages to keep things nice and svelte – an ergonomic 1.7-inches wide.
On the design side of things, HTC has infused the HTC S743 with Diamond-styling, bringing it aethestically in line with the manufacturer’s WinMo portfolio. Like the HTC Touch Diamond, the HTC S743 sports sleek lines, glossy-black finishes, and a high-end feel. But, with a slide-out keyboard, the S743 will appeal more to text-happy users with no need for a touchscreen.
Expect the HTC S743 to hit select retail channels in the US in the first quarter of 2009.