AT&T announces first Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphones

Microsoft's new OS rolls out on HTC's Tilt 2, Pure

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AT&T also said it will support the Windows Marketplace for Mobile for users to access applications from the Pure and Tilt 2, and users can even add their purchases from Windows Marketplace to their monthly AT&T billing statements.

The Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade, announced on Feb. 16, is designed to enhance ease-of-use, with touch-friendly interfaces and a Internet Explorer Mobile browser that supports Adobe Inc.'s Flash multimedia technology.

AT&T said the Tilt 2 is targeted at business professionals with its high resolution 3.6-inch diagonal display and a larger QWERTY keyboard for heavy e-mail use. It also includes a 3.2 megapixel camera.

The Pure is designed for one-hand use, with a 3.2-inch diagonal touchscreen. It comes with a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with video capture. Details on exact size and weight of the devices were not available.

AT&T has enabled all four phones from Pantech and Samsung with a new HTML mobile browser and its service with data compression from Opera Software. Those improvements are designed to make the HTML experience similar to a desktop browser experience, said AT&T's Ted Woodbery, vice president of wireless data.

The Pantech Reveal will be available at AT&T stores on Oct. 18 in red and blue, but pricing was not announced. It is a slider phone, which allows user to slide up the cover to access a full alphabetic QWERTY keyboard underneath which will work at the same time as the numerical keyboard below.

The Pantech Impact comes with a touchscreen equipped with a haptic buzz that is emitted upon touch. The flip phone reveals a full physical keyboard and a second display screen inside for typing longer messages. It comes in pink and blue. Pricing and availability was not announced.

The Samsung Mythic, which is a touchscreen-only device, comes in black for $200 after rebates, and will be available in November. It features a 3.3-inch touchscreen and supports AT&T Mobile TV.

The Samsung Flight is a vertical slider device with a touchscreen and a full keyboard inside. It is available in November in red or silver and sells for $100 after rebates and a two-year agreement. No other details were given.

Copyright © 2009 IDG Communications, Inc.

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