CES: HTC S743 Smart Phone Is Sleek but Pricey

Despite the rumors only the new HTC phone announced at CES.

One of the many smart-phone rumors that have been floating around prior to this year's CES is that T-Mobile will unveil the G2, the successor to the Google Android-based G1. People have speculated that the HTC Touch HD, already available overseas, will be rebranded for the United States as the next Android phone. But so far the only new HTC phone announced at CES is a Windows Mobile phone, the HTC S743.

Already available in other regions, the HTC S743 handset takes some design cues from last year's HTC Touch Diamond. Though the S743 is not a touch-screen device, it does have a distinctive and sophisticated design.

This ultraslim smart phone (4.6 by 1.7 by 0.6 inches, 4.9 ounces) features a 12-key number pad and a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard. Instant messaging and SMS are easily accessible from both the 12-key interface and the keyboard. The handset also has a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, a 3.2-megapixel camera with a second VGA camera for video calling, and Bluetooth compatibility.

The biggest drawback of the HTC S743 is its hefty price. The handset will be sold unlocked, which presents both pros and cons. On the upside, it will work on any U.S. GSM network, so it isn't tied to a carrier. On the downside, it won't have a subsidized carrier price, so retailers will determine its cost. HTC is estimating that the phone will cost somewhere between US$600 and $700. The company confirms that the S743 will be available later this quarter.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags CEShtc

Struggling for Christmas presents this year? Check out our Christmas Gift Guide for some top tech suggestions and more.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ginny Mies

PC World (US online)

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?