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HTC unveils S743 with North American 3G support


Product Launch by Michael Oryl on Tuesday January 06, 2009.

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Today HTC announced the S743, a version of its Windows Mobile 6.1 powered S740 that has been reconfigured to work with the most popular 3G network bands used within North America. While it is slated to be sold direct to consumers through select electronics retailers, not through a carrier, its 850 and 1900MHz HSDPA 3G connectivity support will make it a prime option for users on AT&T's national network here in the United States.

Looking somewhat like a cross between an HTC Touch Diamond and a TV remote control, the long, slender S743 hides a full 4 row QWERTY keyboard in a slider mechanism under its 2.4" QVGA resolution color display and traditional 12 key alphanumeric keypad. Unlike the Touch Diamond, though, the S743 lacks a touchscreen, rather working with the same Standard edition of Windows Mobile as devices such as the Samsung BlackJack II and the Motorola Q.

As such, this smartphone supports over the air synchronization for email, contacts, calendar appointments, and tasks when used with a Microsoft Exchange server, and also can be synchronized with a Windows PC's copy of Microsoft Outlook via a USB cable or Bluetooth. Other features of note include a fixed focus 3.2 megapixel camera with video recording capability and a microSD memory card slot for storage expansion.

The HTC S743 weighs roughly 142g (5.0oz) and measures 117mm x 44mm x 18mm (4.6" x 1.7" x .7") in size. It supports quad-band GSM/EDGE networks in addition to 850/1900MHz UMTS 3G networks. HTC expects the S743 to be available through select electronics retailers at some point during the first quarter of 2009. The company has not yet announced any pricing information.

 

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