HTC announces new HTC P3470 and updated HTC Advantage

HTX X7510 Advantage

HTC announced a new device and an update to an existing one today. First up, the rumoured new HTC P3470 (codename Pharos), a low-cost Windows Mobile Professonal handset, is now official. Combining a lightweight design, large screen, sat-nav software and strong battery life, the P3470 sets a new standard in affordable smartphone, GPS-based devices.

To be available in Europe, the HTC P3470 is powered by a 200MHz TI OMAP processor and Windows Mobile 6 Professional. It comes with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE connectivity, 128MB RAM and 256MB ROM, a 2.8-inch touchscreen QVGA display, built-in GPS (with TomTom Navigator 6), a 2MP camera with macro focus, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, and a microSD expansion slot. The Live HTC Home interface provides a full view of your day’s events and quick application launch for your favourite programs.

The HTC P3470 will be available in Europe later this month for 449€.

HTC also announced an updated version of the HTC Advantage. The Enhanced HTC Advantage (X7510) adds new software, the storage capacity has been bumped up to 16GB of flash memory (replacing the 8GB microdrive) and the improved keyboard features haptic feedback. On the software side, it will come with TouchFLO and VueFLO (with G-sensor to detect screen orientation), Opera Mobile 9, and Google Maps. Interestingly, it will be powered by a future version of Windows Mobile, suggesting that Windows Mobile 6.1 is just around the corner.

The new Advantage will be available in Europe starting in March. Pricing information has not been disclosed yet.