MWC08: HTC announces updated HTC Advantage X7510 with a 16GB flash drive

MWC08: HTC announces updated HTC Advantage X7510 with a 16GB flash drive

Summary: My absolute favorite Windows Mobile device over the last few years has been the HTC Advantage and my review on the device continues to be one of the most viewed posts on this blog. I was pleased to hear that HTC just announced an updated version of the device, also called the HTC Advantage (now this will cause some confusion), that sports a new HTC Home Today screen, future version of Windows Mobile (let's make the obvious guess that it will be 6.1 shall we?) HTC TouchFLO support Opera Mobile 9.x (announcement made last week), 16GB of internal storage (Flash this time!), new and improved keyboard, and updated VueFLO that recognizes device orientation and flips the screen to match. The updated model still includes Marvell PXA270 624MHz and Qualcomm MSM 6275 processors, 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM, tri-band HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, 5-inch VGA, and 3 megapixel camera. The battery has slightly less capacity (2100 mAh vs. the 2200 mAh of today's model, but with the flash drive instead of a spinning hard drive I doubt there will be any difference (and maybe even better life) in this new model.

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My absolute favorite Windows Mobile device over the last few years has been the HTC Advantage and my review on the device continues to be one of the most viewed posts on this blog. I was pleased to hear that HTC just announced an updated version of the device, also called the HTC Advantage (now this will cause some confusion), that sports a new HTC Home Today screen, future version of Windows Mobile (let's make the obvious guess that it will be 6.1 shall we?) HTC TouchFLO support Opera Mobile 9.x (announcement made last week), 16GB of internal storage (Flash this time!), new and improved keyboard, and updated VueFLO that recognizes device orientation and flips the screen to match. The updated model still includes Marvell PXA270 624MHz and Qualcomm MSM 6275 processors, 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM, tri-band HSDPA, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS, 5-inch VGA, and 3 megapixel camera. The battery has slightly less capacity (2100 mAh vs. the 2200 mAh of today's model, but with the flash drive instead of a spinning hard drive I doubt there will be any difference (and maybe even better life) in this new model.

HTC announces updated HTC Advantage with 16 GB Flash drive

I hope HTC has one of these here at MWC08 to play with since I really need to check out that new keyboard design as that and the mobile browser are the only real weaknesses I personally see in the current HTC Advantage device. In looking at the photos, the keyboard buttons seem larger, closer spaced, and modeled similar to other HTC devices like the TyTN II/Kaiser. It would be very nice if this keyboard could somehow be backlit, but I'll try to find this out too. This latest model, the X7510, should be available in Europe starting in March.

UPDATE: I visited the T-Mobile booth and found the 16GB Ameo in operation. The short video below takes a quick look at it and the photos show a close-up of the keyboard. It is much flatter than I imagined, but it does have a short vibration if you press the key. It is hard to say if it is any better than the current keyboard and I wouldn't worry about upgrading if you already own one. The rep said it was running the next version of Windows Mobile too.

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  • Sweet!

    Sure it's too bulky for most people but I love that big screen. It's still smaller than my Dell Axim plus cell phone. I want this SmartPhone because it has all the features I like. It's okay that the box is a little bigger. I'm glad that they replaced the microdrive with flash because it's much better suited to mount to my motorcycle's handlebars now. Just need a bigger Otterbox. :-)
    bruce.dimon@...
  • RE: MWC08: HTC announces updated HTC Advantage X7510 with a 16GB flash drive

    I've also played with the new 7510 on MWC. I've found the keyboard really inferior to that of the HTC Universal / Kaiser. Of course, it's better than that of the original device, but it's still far away from these devices.
    werner@...
  • Black or White keyboards

    In the article there is a picture of the whole unit which is black.
    But in the update, the pictures show a white keyboard.
    How come?
    Bangma
  • RE: MWC08: HTC announces updated HTC Advantage X7510 with a 16GB flash drive

    I've been waiting for an SSD Advantage ever since the X7500 was announced. However, I intend to use it without its keyboard. For whatever reason (cost, more reliability???) HTC have decided to remove the jog dial, OK button, the app launch buttons etc from the main screen rendering the usefulness of the screen without the keyboard much lower. I realise there's probably going to be some added functionality through the on-screen software, but HTC limit my choices and flexibility, which I really think is extremely unfortunate. I know I'm not alone in my view, and HTC ought to take a look at the xda-developers site which actually is, whether HTC know it or not, one of the greatest reasons to buy their product. Listen to your users!!
    dbrotzen@...
  • RE: MWC08: HTC announces updated HTC Advantage X7510 with a 16GB flash drive

    16GB flash is sure to bloat the sale price.

    Has anyone, out of curiosity, asked themselves this: with a 600Mhz processor and 128MB ram, can we install a fully fledged Office 07 suite in the advantage?

    With an igo stowaway keyboard, your set to go on blogging.
    oddfellow
  • RE: MWC08: HTC announces updated HTC Advantage X7510 with a 16GB flash drive

    WARNING: OWNERS YOU MUST READ THIS
    Love Hate Relationship!

    I love this powerful windows mobile device. Using real apps like Slingplayer, Fring, Tom Tom Nav 6 and Core Video player.

    I hate the fact that it took 2 hardrives in my Macbook Pro before i realize that I was sitting the device too close to the Mac hard drive.
    Why should this matter?
    Because of that HUGE keyboard Magnet.

    It totally ruined the hard drive and I had no clue what was going on until I recently thought thru my exact steps.
    - I sat the 7510 on the mac during a bluetooth transfer.

    WATCH OUT- Don't put your 7510 in your casually in your bag next to your laptop either!!!!

    - HTC - you need a WARNING Sticker to let everyone know about this big problem.
    TechWizard2000
  • RE: MWC08: HTC announces updated HTC Advantage X7510 with a 16GB flash drive

    If you combine HD2 with HTC advantage ideas...

    It would be a good machine.

    ---- Sunny Guan
    cyberneting@...