Coming to America – Large Screen WinMo Phones

I like large screen (> 3”) phones. Until recently there have been few Windows Mobile choices in that category for those of us in the US. The HTC Touch HD was released a few months ago with a 3.8” screen. However, it lacked support for North America 3GSM frequencies, and HTC indicated there would not be a US model. I recently wrote about the Toshiba TG01 and its 4.1” screen. However, I updated that post with information that it too may not support North America 3GSM frequencies.

Where is the (North America UMTS frequency) love? Well, it is coming …

asusp835 The ASUS P385 has a 3.5” WVGA (800 x 480) screen, with ASUS’ proprietary Glide interface. And yes, the P385 supports AT&T’s GSM and UMTS frequencies, as well as HSUPA (7.2Mbps download!).

The P385 has a Qualcomm 7201A 528MHz processor. That’s OK,  but isn’t the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor in the TG01.

Otherwise, the P385 is fully loaded. Memory consists of 4GB Internal Storage + 288MB SDRAM + 256MB ROM, with a MicroSD/SDHC expansion slot. The P385 also has WiFi (b+g), Bluetooth (2.0) and GPS (AGPS).

One unknown is whether ASUS, like some other manufacturers, will support an upgrade of the P385’s OS version from 6.1 to 6.5 when 6.5 becomes available. I’m not saying it won’t, and I expect it will. I just haven’t yet found any confirmation that it will.

Size and weight: 115 x 59 x 13.9 mm; 148 grams. 

The P385 has a similar form factor to the just-released HTC Touch Diamond 2, which has 3.2” WVGA 800 x 480 screen. However, I haven’t yet seen confirmation that the Touch Diamond 2 will support North America 3GSM frequencies, though I’d guess that it would, since its HTC Touch Pro 2 sibling (covered below) will.

Both the P385 and the Touch Diamond 2 lack a hardware keyboard, which is included in the next two devices, beginning with the …

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Acer M900, which has an even larger (3.8”) WVGA (800 x 480) screen, with Acer’s proprietary interface. The M900 also supports AT&T’s GSM and UMTS frequencies, as well as HSUPA.

The M900 has a Samsung S3C 6410 533 MHz processor. Again OK, but … I guess my expectations have been raised by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor in the TG01.

Memory is 128 MB RAM / 256 MB ROM, not quite as good as the P385. Otherwise, similar specs to the P385; MicroSD/SDHC, WiFi (b+g), Bluetooth (2.0) and GPS.

The OS is 6.1, but is upgradeable to 6.5!

Size and weight: 119 x 62 x 17.1 mm, 188 grams. Larger and heavier than the P385 because the M900 has a slide-out keyboard. Unknown if the screen tilts up, like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X1 and …

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… the HTC Touch Pro 2, which has a 3.6” 800 x 480 screen. HTC confirms Touch Pro2 for the US  answers the question of US availability. Specs are otherwise similar to the other two devices; Qualcomm MSM7200A 528 Mhz processor, 256MB RAM / 512MB ROM, MicroSD/SDHC, WiFi (b+g), Bluetooth (2.0) and GPS. Apparently the 6.1 OS is upgradeable to 6.5.

Size and weight: 116 x 59.2 x 17.25 mm, 175 grams. A bit smaller and lighter than the M900, probably because of the slightly smaller screen.

One other possible differentiation with the M900 — the HTC propaganda overview touts the Touch Pro 2’s superior conference calling availability. In the picture, it does look like a real small laptop, doesn’t it?

I’m sure we’ll learn more about these devices in the days (or weeks or months) to come. But at least those of us in North America now will have access to at least some of the high-end, large screen WinMo devices as do our European cousins!

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