There was quite a bit of news out of CES last week and one tidbit that slipped by me was the announcement of the Pharos Traveler 137 Windows Mobile Smartphone. I never thought much about picking up a Pharos Windows Mobile device before, but see their latest Traveler GPS devices look quite attractive and full featured. The 127 and 117 actually look very much like the Velocity Mobile products that should have been available last year. The major new feature of the Traveler 137 is the support for T-Mobile USA's 1700 MHz 3G wireless band. It doesn't have the 850 MHz band for AT&T's 3G network though.
The Traveler 137 will be available sometime in the first quarter of 2009 with a MSRP of US$599.95. This actually appears to be about the price you would expect for a device with all of these features and functions. Specifications of the Traveler 137 include:
- Qualcomm MSM7201A 65nm 528MHz Processor
- 3.5” WVGA 480 x 800, 65K color TFT LCD with touch panel
- 256MB RAM and 512MB flash ROM
- Tri-band AWS 1700/1900/2100 MHz, UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA: 384K/7.2M/2M bits per sec
- Quad-band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, GSM/GPRS/EDGE
- Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio
- 3MP camera for picture or video; 0.3MP front camera for video conference
- microSD card slot
- Talk time: up to 4 hours; 200 hours of standby with 1380 mAh Li-Ion battery
A couple things I don't like about the device are the lack of a standard 3.5mm headset jack and the rather short talk time of 4 hours. The device looks like a direct competitor to the HTC Touch HD, which is priced about US$150 more and does not support US 3G wireless bands.