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HP's next-gen touch, T9 smartphones surface

updated 10:25 pm EDT, Mon October 20, 2008

HP Touch Phone Slips

HP has already tipped its hand as to its upcoming smartphone plans through a pair of leaks to its own website. Confirming longstanding rumors, the iPAQ Data Messenger will be HP's first full touchscreen phone but will hide a slide-out QWERTY keyboard underneath its 2.8-inch display. It should also stand as HP's most advanced phone yet with 7.2Mbps HSDPA-based 3G, albeit only on non-American bands in the current model, and will also support HSUPA for faster uploads on those networks that support it. A 3.1-megapixel camera, assisted GPS and Wi-Fi are also planned for the phone, which expectedly runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.

The simpler iPAQ Voice Messenger should contain all the 3G, photography, GPS and Wi-Fi features of its Data sibling but in a conventional smartphone shape, with a BlackBerry SureType-style key layout and a 2.4-inch non-touch display. Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard will also come onboard.

Reports outside of the product pages have both smartphones due in mid-to-late November and shipping through Vodafone UK at unsubsidized prices of £333 ($570) for the Voice Messenger and £399 ($683) for the flagship Data Messenger. The two are expected to also appear in HP's home country at a later date but haven't been given official launch information outside of Britain. [via WMPowerUser]

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  1. JuanGuapo

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    Nice

    ...looks a lot better than the G1 Google phone. It's no iPhone, but it's certainly easier to look at.

  1. WiseWeasel

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    yawn

    Weak, another WinMo phone. Too bad HP didn't grow a pair and take LiMo to some interesting new places...

  1. Guest

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    hps first full ts phone

    you forgot the h63xx series featured a full touchscreen as well. its good to see that hp comes back into this win mobile market segment with such an elegant device, this will definitely make others also put more effort into design.

  1. VHMP01

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    Great Improvement.

    Iíve had a iPAQ hw6945, which I am totally satisfied with for the last 2 years, and I would gladly get the new iPAQ Data Messenger.

  1. VHMP01

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    Great Improvement.

    Iíve had a iPAQ hw6945, which I am totally satisfied with for the last 2 years, and I would gladly get the new iPAQ Data Messenger.

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