Gestern fand in San Francisco ein Engadget Reader Meetup statt. HTC nahm den Event zum Anlass, das brandneue HTC Merge vorzuzeigen. Der Android-Landscape-Slider mit solider Tastatur soll im Frühling auf den US-Markt kommen. Wir sehen ihn hier allerdings nicht zum ersten Mal: einen Video-Leak gab es bereits im letzten Oktober. Mit dabei war auch das HTC Freestyle, welches mit dem Betriebssystem Brew MP ausgeliefert wird. Unsere Kollegen haben die beiden Phones mit der Kamera festgehalten und zwei kurze Videos gedreht, die ihr wie immer hinter dem Break findet - zusammen mit den Pressemitteilungen.
HTC Introduces the Powerful, Feature-Rich HTC Merge
The HTC Merge™ Smartphone Brings Android™ and HTC Sense™ to HTC's First CDMA Android World Phone
BELLEVUE, Wash., Feb. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HTC Corp., a global designer of smartphones, today announced that the new HTC Merge smartphone will be made available through multiple North American carriers beginning in spring 2011. The HTC Merge smartphone combines a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard with the power of Android 2.2, the HTC Sense experience, a large 3.8-inch touch-screen display and a 5 megapixel camera to create a complete mobile experience for those looking for a truly complete smartphone. The HTC Merge is also HTC's first Android-based CDMA world phone.
"HTC prides itself on creating unique solutions that meet the needs of different customers, and with features like a full keyboard and global 3G roaming, the HTC Merge smartphone is the perfect example of this commitment," said Jason Mackenzie, president, HTC Americas. "Combining the functionality of Android with the HTC Sense experience, the HTC Merge is the perfect device for those customers who are looking for a reliable mobile experience with the features and functionality of a smartphone, whether it's at home or travelling around the world."
Customers will appreciate seamless integration with Exchange ActiveSync, enjoy quick and easy access to Flickr® for sharing and viewing pictures, and find new ways to customize their experience with the Android Market™ with more than 100,000 applications. With a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, customers will be able to keep in touch with friends and family no matter where they are, as well as stay in the loop with Flickr, Facebook® and Twitter™ updates through HTC FriendStream™.
In addition, the HTC Merge smartphone has a 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash that captures outstanding images, while 3G connectivity makes sharing those special moments with friends and family quick and easy. The HTC Merge smartphone also comes with integrated GPS, Wi-Fi connectivity and even the ability to capture high-definition 720p video.
HTC Merge is slated to be available from multiple North American operators beginning in spring 2011.
HTC Freestyle Available to AT&T Customers on Feb. 13
First AT&T Quick Messaging Phone Based on Brew Mobile Platform
Dallas, Texas, February 08, 2011
AT&T* will begin selling the HTC Freestyle™ on Feb. 13.
AT&T's first quick messaging phone based on Brew® Mobile Platform, the HTC Freestyle, will cost $99.99 after a two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate beginning Feb. 13 in AT&T company-owned retail stores and online.
The HTC Freestyle is the first quick messaging phone to feature the HTC Sense™ experience.
Previously announced at the 2011 AT&T Developer Summit on Jan. 5, the HTC Freestyle™ is the first of a new generation of quick messaging phones from AT&T designed to run on Brew Mobile Platform. By installing Brew MP™ across quick messaging phones, which traditionally have had operating systems specific to each device maker, software developers will be able to write an application and generally be able to offer it to Brew Mobile Platform-based phones from AT&T. Specifically, Brew MP allows AT&T and developers to more easily offer smartphone-like applications to customers who want a full-featured messaging phone. AT&T plans for future quick messaging phones to operate on Brew MP.
The HTC Freestyle features a premium design with a 3.2-inch touch screen display clad in an aluminum unibody construction. It is also the first quick messaging phone to feature the HTC Sense experience with customizable widgets and FriendStream™ app for social networking integration, a full HTML browser and 3.2-megapixel camera.
– Dimensions: 4.2 x 2.2 x .5
– Display: 3.2" Full Touch Screen
– Full HTML Browser
– HTC Sense UX with customizable Homescreen widgets and FriendStream
– 3.2 MP Camera with Video Record
– AT&T Navigator (Sold separately)
– AT&T Music and AT&T Radio
– UMTS/HSDPA: 850/1900 MHz
– EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
– External Memory Support – MicroSD up to 32GB
– 3.5mm headset jack
– Stereo Bluetooth Capable (v2.0)
Price and Availability
HTC Freestyle™ will cost $99.99 after a two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate beginning Feb. 13 in AT&T company owned retail stores and online. Requires an unlimited messaging plan. Qualified customers only. HTC Freestyle™ is configured to work only with the wireless services provided by AT&T.
Learn more about HTC Freestyle at www.att.com/mobilephones-news.
"We are excited to add HTC Freestyle to our popular quick messaging device portfolio," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "Between the HTC Sense experience, a multitude of apps through Brew MP and its top-notch construction, the Freestyle is sure to make a splash with customers."
"With the HTC Freestyle, HTC is pleased to be supporting AT&T's drive to bring new, enhanced capabilities to their lineup of customer-friendly quick messaging phones," said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC Americas.
1: Limited time offer. Two-year contract required. Qualified customers only. Other restrictions apply. See contract for details. Early Termination Fee up to $150. HTC Freestyle requires an unlimited messaging plan. Sales tax calculated based on price of unactivated equipment. Price for HTC Freestyle before AT&T Promotion Card & with 2 year contract and minimum $20 Messaging Plan is $149.99. Allow 60 days for fulfillment. Card valid for 120 days wherever major credit cards accepted. May be used to pay wireless bill. Not redeemable for cash and cannot be used at ATMs or gas pumps. Some restrictions and other charges apply. See terms at store or at att.com/wirelessrebate. Card request must be postmarked by March 14, 2011 if purchased on or before February 14, 2011 or May 4, 2011 if purchased between February 15 - April 4, 2011 and you must be customer for 30 consecutive days to receive Promotion Card.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
HTC Corporation (HTC) is one of the fastest growing companies in the mobile phone industry and continues to pioneer industry-leading mobile experiences through design, usability and innovation that are sparked by how the mobile phone can improve how people live and communicate. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com.
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