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WiMAX on mobile coming to Russia with love from HTC

November 13, 2008

HTC is delivering yet another first to the market with a mobile that utilises the WiMAX radio frequency.

The HTC device is surprisingly called the HTC MAX 4G. As there is no agreed 4G specification yet it looks like HTC’s marketing department has been sniffing too much fairy dust.

What is impressive about the HTC MAX 4G is HTC are finally getting 5 megapixel cameras into their devices.

The benefit for including WiMAX is really only for users in those countries that have deployed large scale WiMAX networks that act as an edge extension to an existing 3G network. Therefore the user is able to roam onto a WiMAX network with devices such as this and use mobile data services over the WiMAX infrastructure.

The HTC MAX 4G comes with VoIP capability, but there is no indication as to whether or not the user will be able to use a carrier inclusive VoIP service whilst roaming on WiMAX or whether they have to use an alternative provider such as Skype which they will incur further costs.

Device manufacturers need to work hard on ensuring the user experience is seamless when roaming to different wireless network types especially WiMAX. This will ensure the user can utilise all traditional mobile services such as voice/video calling SMS/MMS as well as mobile data.

The HTC MAX 4G specifications are:

  • Processor: Qualcomm® ESM7206A™ 528 MHz
  • Platform: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Memory: ROM: 256MB / RAM: 288MB / Flash: 8 GB
  • Dimensions: 113.5mm X 63.1mm X 13.9mm
  • Weight: 151 grams (with battery)
  • Display: 3.8-inch LCD, w/ 480 x 800 WVGA resolution
  • Network: Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:900/1800/1900 MHz Yota Mobile WiMAX 2,5-2.7 GHz
  • TouchFlo 3D UI
  • GPS: Internal GPS
  • Connections: VoIP, Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR, HTC ExtUSB™
  • Cameras: “High-Resolution” main camera, VGA secondary camera
  • Additional: Motion G-sensor (automatically rotating picture), Proximity sensor (saving energy while talking due to the switching the display off), FM-radio
  • Audio: Ring tone formats:AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, QCP, MP3, WMA, WAV, 40 polyphonic and standard MIDI format and 1 (SMF)/SP MIDI
  • Battery: Li-Pol, 1500 mAh
  • Talk time: GSM: up to 420 minutes, VoIP: up to 230 minutes
  • Standby time: GSM: up to 350 hours, VoIP: up to 50 hours
  • AC Adapter: Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz, DC output: 5V and 1A

Thanks to MobileCrunch for the link

Posted By Shane Williamson

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