The S720 is the CDMA version of the S710 and runs Windows Mobile Standard. That is why the display is not touch sensitive. Below it is the d-pad and the numeric keypad with exceptionally easy to press keys. Unlike the S710, which bottom row of keys is narrower, the S720 keeps almost the same width, so all are equally convenient to press.
Unique to the S720 and for that matter to the S710 is that the full keyboard slides open to the left, while most other HTCs slide to the right. The actual sliding actions is extremely present and smooth and actually on the S720 is even spring-assisted which adds even more to the overall superb experience the S720 offers.
The internal full keyboard felt a little less comfortable compared to the one of S710, but when releases in the US, it might actually feature different design. HTC Wizard’s T-Mobile and AT&T versions had completely different keyboard and slightly different outer look, even though they were same device. The same thing might happen with the S720.
Unlike the GSM version, which does not have 3G, the S720 will be EV-DO capable. Currently, the S720 is EV-DO rev.0, but it is expected to be updated to rev.A which Verizon and Sprint have rolled out.
The rest of the feature include 400 MHz processor, 2-mega pixel camera and Wi-Fi.
The second new CDMA phone announced is the P4000 or TITAN. It is very similar to the GSM version which is Cingular 8525 or HTC TYTN. As every device sold in the US must go through FCC approval, we already knew there will be two different version of the phone – one for Verizon Wireless (XV6800) and one for Sprint PCS (PPC-6800). The only difference is the slightly different design.
Compared with the Apache, gone is the external antenna and the sliding is now spring-assisted just like on the S720. Obviously, every new HTC device which has sliding keyboard will be from now on assisted which for the frequent QWERTY user is a definite plus.
The unit present at CTIA was with WM5 OS, but it is expected the final version to ship with WM6. Again, when it becomes available, the phone is also expected to have EV-DO rev.A high-speed data.
The Advantage – a hybrid between a laptop and phone was showcased as well. Even though we covered it in our 3GSM article, here is a rundown of its main features: 5-inch display with 640x480 pixel resolution, 8GB hard drive, 128 MB of RAM and mini-SD memory slot. The phone module is quad-band GSM with tri-band UMTS/HSPDA and for local connectivity the Advantage features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The Advantage runs on Windows Mobile 5 and uses 624 MHz processor and also has a built-in GPS.
An interesting feature is the build-in acceseratomer which can be used to scroll a webpage by tilting the device forward and back.
The Advantage will be available sometime in June through Amazon.com and other retailers in the early summer (most probably June).
A step up is the new HTC Shift. Unlike the Advantage, which is a large Pocket PC device, the Shift is real UMPS, a fancy word for a very small, full featured laptop. The screen is slid back and titled to about 75 degrees, at which point it looks like a regular notebook. The screen is touch-sensitive, 7” with 800x480 pixels resolution and the user can use the included stylus to write on it. The Vista Business Edition which runs the laptops is stored on the 30GB hard drive. With memory of 1GB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, quad-band GSM and tri-band HSDPA, the Shift is something that you should definitely consider if you will be looking a super-small laptop. The only drawback we se so far is its scheduled availability – Q3.