AT&T launches Windows and tilt phones

Posted by Emma Woollacott

AT&T has announced six new phones, including its first models based on Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6.5 OS.

The Windows-based HTC Pure will retail at $150 after rebates, and offers a 3.2-inch WVGA touch screen with a gravity and light sensor. It includes Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G support, as well as a five-megapixel camera and music player.

The HTC Tilt 2 has the same OS, costs twice as much, and has a 3.6-inch WVGA tilting touch screen, full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and HTC's Straight Talk Technology for improved speakerphone quality.

There are also two new models each from Pantech and Samsung that feature full web browsers as well as physical and virtual keyboards.

They are the first to come preloaded with AT&T's new HTML mobile browser and att.net service, offering full HTML browsing and features for personalizing favorite bookmarks and local searches. The new att.net mobile platform uses advanced data compression from Opera Software, allowing for faster delivery of HTML web pages.

On the shelves on October 18 in red and blue, the Pantech Reveal features an open-faced numeric keypad on the front of the phone which slides up to uncover a full keyboard underneath. Both sets of keys stay active simultaneously. It includes AT&T Navigator and 3G.

The Pantech Impact features an OLED touch screen with haptic controls that lets users send text messages, make calls, and control their music library without having to open the phone. It's available in pink and blue.

A touch screen-only device, the AT&T Mobile TV-capable Mythic will be available in black in November. There's a 3.3-inch touch screen, and Samsung's TouchWiz user interface.

The Samsung Flight has a vertical sliding form factor, with full keyboard underneath. The user interface provides one-touch access to functions like shortcuts, favorites and messaging. The Flight, available in red and silver, will be available in November.

"The new browser powering the att.net service brings the best of the open Web to consumer feature phones while making the mainstay of the mobile web easy to find and also delivering local tools and bookmarking management," said Ted Woodbery, vice president of Wireless Data, Voice and Ancillary Products for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "It's a rich hybrid experience that gives you a HTML experience similar to your PC browser at home — and works really well on a feature phone."