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HTC TyTN II - Future phone



08 November 2007
Written by Mike Meers

The TyTN II is the latest powerful companion from smartphone manufacturer HTC. Announced in Sydney last week alongside four other devices for Q4 2007, the TyTN II deviates from the usual sliding form factor by sliding horizontally to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. Some of the other highlights include a 2.8Ē LCD display, extensive 2G and 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, WiFi, integrated GPS, and the latest Windows Mobile operating system.

The TynTN II looks similar to the HTC Touch/Touch Dual from the front, with its large display and navigational buttons. The LCD panel offers 262,144 colours within its 240 x 320 pixel resolution. A small VGA camera for video calling is also found on the front of the handset. To reveal the full QWERTY keyboard simply slide the face of the TyTN II to the right.

The Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional operating system will automatically reorientate the user interface to horizontal mode for widescreen viewing. So you donít strain your neck when using the QWERTY keyboard, the TyTN IIís face can be adjusted to provide a comfortable viewing angle.

Support for (get ready for it) 3G 850, 1900, and 2100MHz networks as well as GSM 850, 900, 1800, and 1900MHz is built in to the TyTN II. Not only that, but the handset also supports the high-speed HSDPA protocol providing downlink speeds of up to 3.6Mbit/s (on compatible 3G networks). For 2G data connectivity GPRS and EDGE data is supported.

WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity is supported for local connectivity. The Windows Mobile operating system ensures seamless connectivity with Windows-based PCís, especially those using Windows Vista. Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR technology allows you to connect wirelessly to computers or other devices for data transfer, and the WiFi support can reduce your OTA data costs significantly. The TyTN IIís sales package comes with a USB data-cable and Microsoft Companion CD-rom.

Adding to the TyTN IIís feature list is an integrated GPS chip. HTC have also included Co-pilot Live version 7.0 mapping software, with a full Australian map to get you started.

The TyTN II is powered by the same processor as that in the Touch Dual, a Qualcomm MSM7200 chipset clocked at 400MHz. 256MB of ROM and 123MB of SDRAM is on board, with additional support for microSD memory cards.

On the back of the handset is a 3mpx digital camera with auto focus and video capture support so you can capture those once in a lifetime shots at high resolution and amazing quality.

All this (and more!) is packed into a 112 x 59 x 19mm device. It is quite heavy at 190 grams, but finding a device with similar functionality much lighter would be a difficult task.

The HTC TyTN II will be available shortly on Vodafone, 3 Mobile, and Optus. It can also be purchased outright for a recommended retail price of $1,299.

(ETA 4th quarter 2007)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz
3G: UMTS HSDPA 850/1900/2100MHz
Form factor Horizontal slider
Size 112 x 59 x 19 mm
Weight 190 grams
Display 2.8Ē, 262,144 colours TFT LCD @ 240 x 320 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ 1350mAh
Talk/usage time* 2G: Up to 420 minutes*
3G: Up to 264 minutes*
Video talk: Up to 120 minutes*
Standby time* 2G: Up to 365 hours*
3G: Up to 350 hours*
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth v2.0 wtih EDR, USB and WiFi 802.11/g
Camera support 3mpx digital camera with auto focus and video capture support. Additional VGA camera for video calling
Data support HSDPA (up to 3.6Mbit/s), GPRS, and EDGE
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 256MB ROM & 128MB SDRAM
Yes, microSD (SD 2.0 supported)
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and e-mail
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI MP3, AAC, eAAC+, WAV, AMR and WMA (Windows Mobile 10 Mobile)
Synchronisation with PC Yes
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Qualcomm MSM7200 400MHz CPU
Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
Integrated GPS chipset with Co-pilot 7.0 software and Australian map
Microsoft Windows Live integration
Touch-sensitive 5-way navigational keypad
Adjustable angle LCD for comfortable viewing angle

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed

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