Two phone updates from HTC, via MSMobiles, today. The one above is an HTC Hermes smartphone. You can see it's got a QWERTY keyboard, and that's a 2.1 Megapixel camera with flash in the upper corner. It's also carrying a video camera, 802.11 b/g WiFi, Bluetooth and a 320 x 240 QVGA screen. Now for the flurry of network compabitility acronyms: UMTS, EDGE, GPRS, and GSM Quadband. The Hermes is expected in May 2006.
And then there's the StarTrek, which looks not so much like the gadget that beamed up Captain Kirk, but a lot like a RAZR (the photo doesn't do it much justice). The StarTrek has nearly the same dimensions as the RAZR, along with a 320 x 240 QVGA screen, 2 Megapixel camera with flash, Bluetooth, a Micro SD slot and compatibility with EDGE, GPRS and GSM Quadband networks.
There does not appear to be any connection between the StarTrek phone and the official Star Trek licensor, Paramount. Did HTC put down money to use that name, or do they think that closing the space between those two words would somehow let them off the hook? I suppose we'll find out by March 2006, which is when this phone is expected to go on sale.