Announced! The HTC S740 dual-keyboard Smartphone!

Announced! The HTC S740 dual keyboard Smartphone! Just as I’m starting to fall in love with the HTC Touch Pro, this comes along. I want this. I want it now. Gimme. This is the HTC S740 – a handset with a 4-row QWERTY sliding keyboard and a numeric front keypad. Want.

The specs, direct from the HTC website, include a Qualcomm MSM7225 CPU running at a whacking 528MHz, 256Mb ROM, 256Mb RAM and Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard … yes.. Standard ! No touch screen, so presumably no TouchFlo 3D.. this is a true Smartphone. WANT! Also included is quad-band connectivity, HSDPA/WCDMA and WiFi 802.11b/g. You also get GPS, Bluetooth 2.0, FM Radio, microSD card slot, 2.4 inch QVGA screen and a 3.2 megapixel camera along with another face-pointing camera for video calls. The phone is powered by a 1000mAh battery and weighs 140g.

WANT! More as we get it on this one. Head on over to this HTC page for more info, pictures and specs. Read on for a larger picture and the press release. Early indications are that this will be a relatively cheap handset too!

Update – You can now pre-order this here at with stock arriving in November. Clove have it listed for just £346.63

Link – HTC S740 (Can I have one please HTC?)
Credit – David Jeffery

HTC Expands Mobile Phone Portfolio With Introduction of S740

HTC S740 Blends Sophisticated Style, Iconic Design and Impressive Functionality With A 12-key and QWERTY Keyboard for A Variety of Messaging

London, UK — August 26 2008
— HTC Corp, a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, today announced the introduction of the HTC S740, a slim, compact, and stylish smartphone that provides the perfect combination of a traditional 12-key phone design with HTC’s signature sliding QWERTY keyboard for optimal messaging. The HTC S740 will be available across Europe from September 2008.

“Demand for high-performance, smart, mobile devices continues to see strong growth globally and HTC is well positioned to meet the varying needs of our diverse customer base,” commented Dr. Florian Seiche, Vice President of HTC Europe. “The HTC S740 combines a powerful, premium phone with a full slide-out keypad in a compact and sleek form factor. Clearly, one size does not fit all and the S740 will play an important role in expanding our growing portfolio of devices.”

The S740 is designed to offer the most flexible and efficient messaging experience on the market. From the design of its 12-key keypad (ideal for super fast one hand messaging) and full QWERTY keyboard (perfect for those who prefer a two handed messaging experience) both input capabilities ensure efficient and accurate typing, as well as support for POP3, IMAP and Exchange push email. Instant messaging (IM) and SMS can also be accessed through the familiar 12-key interface on the front of the phone.

The HTC S740 features the fastest mobile broadband capabilities with a maximum download speed of 7.2 Mbps, up to 18 times faster than 3G. This true mobile broadband experience allows users to leverage the mobile Internet in a variety of ways including browsing to a favourite website, using Google Maps to find a restaurant for lunch and catching up to the minute news, blog posts and video podcasts with the integrated RSS reader.

The S740 follows the sleek design of HTC’s hit consumer handset, the HTC Touch Diamond. This slim smartphone features a matt black facetted back, a 2.4 inch QVGA display and slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Key HTC S740 Product Specifications

• Size: 116.3 x 43.4 x 16.3 mm
• Weight: 140g with battery
• Networks: WCDMA/HSDPA: 900/2100 MHz for EU and Asia
• GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
• Maximum speed: UL = 384 kbps; DL = 3.6/7.2 Mbps**
• Camera: 3.2MP, with the second VGA camera for video calling
• Operating system: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Standard
• Display: 2.4-inch QVGA screen
• Camera: 3.2 megapixel with fixed focus
• Internal memory: 256 MB flash; 256 MB RAM
• Memory card: microSD™
• WLAN: 802.11b/g
• Bluetooth®: 2.0 with EDR
• Interface: HTC ExtUSB™ (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
• Battery: 1000 mAh
• Talk time: WCDMA: Up to 320 minutes*** / GSM: Up to 380 minutes***
• Standby time: WCDMA: Up to 400 hours*** / GSM: Up to 280 hours***
• Special features: Sliding QWERTY keyboard, FM radio, Google Maps, RSS Hub
• Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM7225, 528 MHz

Announced! The HTC S740 dual keyboard Smartphone!