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HTC snaps into action

HTC has unveiled a new Windows Mobile 6.1-powered mobile phone which appears to take its design cues from BlackBerry handsets.

Although only recently revealed at the CITA Wireless technology expo, the HTC Snap has quickly attracted comparisons to BlackBerry phones due largely to its incorporation of trackball navigation and a full Qwerty keyboard.

Operating on Windows Mobile 6.1, the HTC Snap is notable among modern handsets for not featuring a touchscreen, but nonetheless packs a host of other up-to-the-minute features into its 4.59-inch x 2.42-inch x 0.47-inch dimensions.

These include a powerful 528-MHz processor, a dedicated key to enable users to bring up e-mails from pre-selected people, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity and a two megapixel camera.

News of a new handset from HTC comes as its consumer-targeted Magic mobile phone is due to arrive in the UK on Vodafone in May.

The HTC Magic is the second so-called Googlephone to be released on these shores after the T-Mobile G1.

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