Is the HTC phone with the codename Excalibur this phone? Smartphone thoughts thinks it is, and says it's only a few millimeters thicker than the Samsung i320 and 2 millimeters shorter. The keyboard on the front makes this a Motorola Q/Samsung i320 contender, and the Quad-band and WiFi connectivity makes GSM users (Cingular, T-Mobile) jump for joy.

Another interesting feature is the touch-strip control on the right that they chose to go with instead of a jog-dial—if this is indeed the Excalibur, and not the phone-in-the-stone. They were actually two different swords, a fact I was reminded of while playing Tomb Raider over the weekend.


- Exclusive First Picture of HTC's New QWERTY Smartphone [Smartphone Thoughts via JkOnTheRun]