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HTC's throwback "Panda" in the wild

Chris Ziegler

Ring any bells here, folks? This one goes way back -- think back to the early days of all-in-one devices, when Windows Mobile 6 was nothing more than a twinkle in Microsoft's eye, GSM 1900 was all you needed to get a decent signal in North America, and telephony support was a hacky graft in the form of Pocket PC 2002 Phone Edition. That's right: the "Panda" from HTC appears, for all practical purposes, to be the true successor to the one and only "Space Needle" released on T-Mobile many, many moons ago (and later, the "Alpine"). Features are said to include a generous 3.5 inch display, 256MB ROM / 128MB RAM, 802.11b / g, Bluetooth 2.0, EDGE data (no 3G here -- throwback, indeed!), and a 2 megapixel cam. The release schedule is unclear -- in fact, it's not even clear whether HTC will release it at all -- but for once, that's not breaking out hearts.

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