HTC announces Wi-Fi smart phone for T-Mobile

Taiwan's High Tech Computer Corp. (HTC) Wednesday announced a new cellular handset for the U.S. market that offers a full QWERTY keyboard and support for Wi-Fi.

The phone, called Dash, is based on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Mobile software and is the first from HTC to offer a full QWERTY on the phone's face, similar to Research In Motion Ltd.'s popular BlackBerry handset. The Dash will be sold in the U.S. through mobile operator T-Mobile USA Inc., HTC said.

Among the Dash's other features, it offers a 2.4-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) screen with a resolution of 320 pixels by 240 pixels and support for GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications), GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and EDGE (Enhanced Data Rate for GSM Evolution) networks. The phone also offers a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth support, and a slot for microSD (Secure Digital) memory cards.

The Dash goes on in sale in the U.S. on Oct. 25, T-Mobile said. Pricing was not immediately available.

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