updated 10:30 am EDT, Fri March 13, 2009
HTC Maple May Show CTIA
HTC's Maple could not only get an early debut but could become ubiquitous in the US, a leak from the Economic Daily News says. The newspaper believes the Windows Mobile smartphone will be launched at next month's CTIA phone expo and that HTC is discussing bringing the phone to at least four unnamed US carriers. Such a deal would likely mean both CDMA and GSM versions of the phone available in the country.
Maple is known to be HTC's attempt at providing a mid-range smartphone in the vein of the BlackBerry Curve and will have a full QWERTY keyboard as well as a trackball for navigation. It will also have a 2-megapixel camera and a 2.4-inch display, though whether GSM versions will get 3G is still unclear. One previous rumor has the phone shipping in May.