HTC Updates the Advantage X7510 With 16GB Flash

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The HTC Advantage has just received a hardware and software upgrade, and is now called the X7510. HTC has bumped the internal storage to 16GB of flash, and improved the keyboard as well as adding in Opera 9.5, and a "future version" of Windows Mobile. No price info yet, but the Advantage will be available in March. Expect to see HTC's other hiptop, the Shift, hit Europe a little earlier. Specs of the Advantage and pic of the Shift, after the jump.

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The X7150 also has updated HTC VueFLO, so that it detects the device's orientation and rotates the screen. The rest of the hardware remains the same as the earlier Advantage: Marvell PXA270 624MHz and Qualcomm MSM 6275 processors, 5-inch VGA screen with 3-megapixel camera, 128MB of RAM and tri-band HSDPA. Looks like the new battery has about 5 percent less capacity, but we guess that the flash drive should make up for that difference. [ZDnet]

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While the Shift also has GSM/GPRS/EDGE/HSDPA network support, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, it looks like if you buy it from Orange in the UK, you'll only be able to get a data plan with it. [Slashgear]

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oyumurtaci
oyumurtaci

For those not in the know: The advantage can be considered a sort of UMPC with GSM voice capability (and yes it has a touchscreen, one of the best I've used). As a previous owner, I can easily say it's one of the best convergence devices out there for those who need the features and ca afford it. The main disadvantages (see what I did there?) is that the keyboard has no tactile feedback (which they seem to have fixed), the battery will get you through a full day with slightly above average use but not really on par with cell phones, and the ATi chip paired with the Qualcomm chip lacks video drivers (so to get a decent image with TCPMP or other media players for WinMo you need to convert most of the time). The connectivity however is amazing, the GPS fantastic, the feature set is actually useful (I use the 4 in 1 cable more often than I thought, wifi reception and browsing on the huge screen is fantastic, voice capabilities negate the need for carrying both a cellphone and a laptop thanks to office mobile).

The device is hefty and bulky though, not for everyone. So far VueFLO has been more of a gimmick, and screen orientation hasn't really been that much of an issue. The lack of video drivers has been an issue, and together with the Tytn II, xda-developers seem to be the only folks trying to get anything done about it (HTC has made it clear they don't plan on providing drivers for the Imageon chip).