HTC has taken its turn at Mobile World Congress to release one new phone and upgrade two of its crossover devices. Spotlighted in the show is the P3470; originally codenamed the Pharos, the touchscreen phone centers on GPS mapping and supports either TomTom or CoPilot software for its navigation. A navigation wheel also helps it navigate through large lists more quickly than possible with just a directional pad. HTC also delivers a 2-megapixel camera and microSD storage with the phone, which ships first to Europe later this month but will support quad-band GSM and EDGE data for a possible rollout in North America. Accompanying the P3470, the Advantage X7510 is a significant overhaul of the original X7500. It doubles the built-in storage to 16GB and now sports a new touch-sensitive keyboard with haptic (vibration) feedback; TouchFLO from the HTC Touch series is also onboard and is accompanied by a new VueFLO version that auto-rotates the interface based on the phone’s position. Opera Mobile 9 and Google Maps for Mobile are also standard. The device is otherwise similar and boasts a large 5-inch touch LCD, 3-megapixel rear and 0.3-megapixel front cameras, GPS with TomTom navigation software, and tri-band HSDPA Internet access (with Wi-Fi support) that supports North America in addition to most world frequencies. HTC has penned a launch for Europe in March but should support the Americas later.
A more modest update is in store for the Shift. The ultra-mobile PC gains Microsoft’s Origami Experience 2.0 front-end, which adds a finger-controllable web browser, RSS feeds, and media jukebox as well as a quicker way to access the most common features. The 7-inch system is otherwise similar and packs Windows Vista Business on to a 40GB hard drive along with tri-band HSDPA and Wi-Fi. Already available in the US, the Shfit just now reaches Spain and the UK and should ready soon for Italy. Prices in mainland Europe are set at 1199 Euros ($1,742).
Source : Electronista