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HTC Raphael announced as T-Mobile MDA Vario IV

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HTC Raphael announced as T-Mobile MDA Vario IV
T-Mobile Germany announced three new devices today in M√ľnchen, Germany. They are all variants of hi-end HTC smartphones but with slightly personalized design and branded under the T-Mobile name. All three devices run on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, feature VGA displays, WiFi and GPS.

The MDA Compact IV is based on the Touch Diamond and retains its feature-set but gets a T-Mobile make-over on the case design and carrier-themed UI color skin. We can't quite tell, but it would appear that the Compact IV loses the faceted back of the Touch Diamond, a move we would applaud. Unfortunately this, and the Vario (below), are tri-band GSM devices instead of the global-friendly quad-band.

MDA Compact IV

MDA Compact IV

The MDA Vario IV comes as a surprise, as it is T-Mobile's variation on the yet unannounced HTC Raphael (code name). It s basically the Compact IV
with side-sliding QWERTY keyboard. Other specs remain, including GPS, 3-megapixel camera and HSDPA 7.2. The Vario and Compact have identical design language, and so we guess that the Raphael will be identical to the Touch Diamond.

MDA Vario IV
Ameo 16GB

MDA Vario IV

Ameo 16GB

Last is the Ameo 16GB, an upgrade to the original Ameo and respectively the T-Mobile variation of the HTC Advantage X7510. The Ameo 16GB offers 5" large VGA touch display and detachable QWERTY keyboard. As the name implies, it offers a massive 16GB of internal storage. It has a quad-band GSM and
tri-band 3G radio, allowing for true global roaming.

The Compact IV is expected to launch first, before the end of this quarter, followed by the Ameo 16GB in July and the Vario IV is last, coming to the shops at the end of the summer.

source: Mobile Phone Help Desk via Engadget

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:42

1. (unregistered)

I was super stoked about the HTC Raphael until I seen the keyboard. It the same keyboard ash the "UTStarcom XV6700 / PPC-6700, HTC Apache". One of the worst keyboards in cell phone history. T-Mobile is going to see a lot problems with this phone.

posted on 29 May 2008, 13:36

2. (unregistered)

I think the phone is going to have a prob with T-mobile lol... non service!!!

posted on 29 May 2008, 18:11

3. burymeinblack (Posts: 19; Member since: 30 Apr 2008)

I personally applaud HTC and whoever happens to copy them (No better company to). While smart devices are trying to get slimmer and smaller and with a more fashionable design, and that they do, they sacrifice functionality. I had a Palm Centro and ended up giving it back in lieu of my Mogul. So. Go HTC! Lead the way and I will gladly follow.

posted on 29 May 2008, 21:07

4. blah... (unregistered)

your right HTC is making big steps to outdue any other phone out today...

posted on 17 Jun 2008, 21:23

5. pri (unregistered)

the keyboard should be space out and what happen to 3g come on now it 2008 for goodness sake by the time t-moile come out with 3g 4g will be out for at&t on iphone 3

posted on 24 Sep 2008, 04:36

6. (unregistered)

I work for t-mobile and i can confirm the Vario IV has 3g.

posted on 01 Dec 2008, 23:55

7. phonewizz (unregistered)

when does it come to us and much will it be??

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