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HTC launches the Snap/S522

by on02 April 2009


Feature rich Windows Mobile standard 6.1 handset

Although we're not sure how well received a non-touch screen Windows Mobile device will be this day in age, the HTC Snap which will also be known as the S522 in the US, is HTC's latest Windows Mobile Standard handset using version 6.1 of the OS.

The biggest flaw of the Snap has to be its 2.4-inch QVGA display (that's 320x240 pixels), as this is definitely not cutting edge. However, despite being a non-touch screen device, the built in trackball should vastly help navigation, at least in comparison to a four way navigation button. There's also a full QWERTY keypad on the front of the Snap and there's no denying that the Snap looks like a cheap knock-off Blackberry, but for some this isn't a bad thing.

On the hardware side of things you're looking at a 528MHz Qualcomm processor, 256MB of ROM and 192MB of RAM. Add to this built in 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, aGPS, a 2 Megapixel camera, a microSD card slot and a USB 2.0 port and you have a fairly feature rich handset, with maybe the only exception being the camera which is a bit of a letdown compared to most other handsets.

The Snap features 3G with HSDPA, although HTC hasn't listed at what speed. With quad band GSM support and dual band 3G (900/2100MHz for Europe, 850/1900 for the US), it seems like a fairly good option for people that travel as well. The battery is said to be good for up to 480h of standby in 3G mode and 380h in GSM mode while you get 300 minutes talk time in 3G mode and 510 minutes in GSM mode.

HTC has also added a new feature they call Inner Circle which gives you quicker access to messages from a selected number of contacts, which might be handy if you're swamped with messages on a daily basis.

You can find the product page here


Last modified on 02 April 2009
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