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HTC S730

HTC S730

16 November 2007
Written by Mike Meers

The S730 is the last of five devices recently announced by HTC. The S730 has a numerical keypad on the front, but slide it to the left and its QWERTY keyboard is revealed. The handset features the Windows Mobile 6.0 operating system, a 2mpx digital camera, 3G and WiFi connectivity, microSD memory card expansion, and a 2.4” TFT LCD display.

The S730 is an upgraded version of the S710, providing a faster CPU and 3G/HSDPA support. The CPU is a Qualcomm MSM7200 (400MHz), the same used in many of HTC’s other smartphones. The S730 has 256MB of ROM for user data storage, and 64MB of SDRAM. It runs Windows Mobile 6.0 Standard and has HTC Live Home functionality, providing instant access to e-mail, calendar, messages, missed calls, and more.

3G and 2G networks are supported, with additional support for WiFi 802.11b/g networks. The S730 can operate on the 3G 2100MHz band and has support for the HSDPA protocol, allowing for speeds of up to 3.6Mbps. GSM 850, 900, 1800, and 1900MHz networks are supported, with GPRS and EDGE.

WiFi 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, and USB 2.0 connectivity is supported by the S730. A USB data-cable comes with the sales package along with a CD with software for Windows computers.

The S730 comes with support for push e-mail on supported Microsoft Exchange servers, as well as the usual SMS, EMS, and MMS support. The semi-automatic slide-out keyboard makes messaging and editing documents much less tedious than using a numerical keypad.

The display is a 2.4” TFT LCD with 320 x 240 pixel resolution, capable of displaying up to 65,536 colours. When the keypad slides out the operating system automatically realigns the display.

There are two digital cameras on the S730: a 2mpx camera on the back of the handset, and a VGA camera on the front. The latter is for video calling on 3G networks, with the 2mpx one used for day-to-day picture and video capture.

The S730’s 1050mAh battery should provide power for 210/318 (3G/2G) minutes talk time and 290/388 (2G/3G) hours of standby time. The handset will be available shortly on Vodafone and Optus, or outright for $899.

FYI .:. HTC S730
(ETA 4th quarter 2007)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
Form factor Horizontal slider
Size 105.8 x 51 x 19.4 mm
Weight 150 grams
Display 2.4”, 65,536 colours TFT LCD touch screen @ 240 x 320 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ 1050mAh
Talk/usage time* 2G: Up to 318 minutes*
3G: Up to 210 minutes*
Standby time* 2G: Up to 290 hours*
3G: Up to 388 hours*
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, USB, and WiFi 802.11b/g
Camera support 2mpx digital camera with video and still image capture, 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 & 64MB SDRAM
Yes, microSD (SD 2.0 supported)
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and (push) 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 Standard
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Qualcomm MSM7200 400MHz CPU
Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
HTC Live Home

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

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