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Star Trek Phone Arrives in Europe

By Michelle
May 16, 2006 - 10:30 PM

The new HTC STRTrk phone, a traditional clamshell folding mobile phone that runs the Windows operating system, will soon be available to consumers.

Mobile Gazette gave the phone (also known as the QTek 8500) a good review, saying that this very lightweight Windows smartphone in fact looks "smart" and appears to have few bugs. The phone runs Windows Mobile 5.0, allowing users to use Outlook, Windows Media Player and modified versions of Microsoft Office programs.

The clamshell has a 2.2" 240x320 pixel display and conventional numeric keyboard rather than QWERTY keypad. It comes with a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera. Users can add a microSD card for increased memory or a Bluetooth headset for hands-free operation. The only complaint was the lack of WiFi support, which the reviewer found unlikely in a phone weighing less than 100 grams.

Stuff Magazine also had favorable things to say about HTC's new "Trekkie phone", admiring its capabilities for playing music - there are buttons to play, fast forward and rewind on the front of the phone, and an external LCD to read track information. Windows Media Player can play WMA, AAC and MP3 format songs.

The phone is expected to sell for €499 or £345 (no US prices have been announced yet).

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