The new P3470 HTC Smartphone, known as Pharos, will be available at the end of the month. We find it at Orange for 449 €. With a more geometrical design than previous models (especially when considering the touchscreen), the HTC P3470 is slim, being only 16 mm thick.
A slow Smartphone/GPS
This phone houses a Texas Instrument OMAP 850 processor running at 200 MHz, with 128 MB of RAM and 256 MB of ROM. This model runs Windows Mobile 6 Professional and integrate a GPS. The phone and the GOS will be slowed down by an inadequate processor. It’s a flaw that already plagued the first HTC Touch. A processor would drastically slow the user’s experience, but the latter didn’t have a GOS.
The other features of the HTC Pharos are common among the manufacturer’s models. We find the 2 Megapixel camera without flash, a Micro SD memory card slot and EDGE technology. We can only be disappointed by the absence of faster standards such as 3G, HSDPA or Wi-Fi. Their absence may be justified by the intention to keep an honorable battery life. Indeed, to add those features on top of the GPS could be risky. The manufacturer announces a battery life of a little more than 5 hours in talk and 10 days in idle.