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After the wildly succesful HTC Excalibur (aka T-Mo Dash) and wildly underpromoted HTC Cavalier (aka who can really remember?) it looked like HTC had dropped out of the landscape QWERTY Smartphone market altogether... but fear not, they are BACK... with this - codenamed the 'HTC Maple'!

Seemingly leaked by CNet Germany, the Maple is packing a VERY nice looking offset QWERTY keyboard, and almost certainly includes 3G / HSDPA connectivity. The camera is a decidedly so-so 2 Megapixel affair, but as a pure hardcore messaging device, it looks like the Maple could well be the new benchmark. Regular readers will know i'm not a big fan of trackballs on devices, but i'm willing to reserve judgement... for now... :(

Any takers?

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Like it. This could tempt me away from my E71. The hardware of the E71 is great but S60 is so-so, WM Standard is much much better... Having had a QWERTY device for a while now I've tried to use a non-QWERTY device recently and I don't like it so this'll be perfect for me!

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No D-Pad = No Good

I'll wait it out for the imate Centurion (or what ever it'll be called)

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Nope..

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I actually quite like the little trackballs.. :/

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No D-Pad = No Good

I'll wait it out for the imate Centurion (or what ever it'll be called)

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I'd wait too.

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I'd wait too.

With no increase in screen resolution over the Excalibur, the maple doesn't offer a huge advance, especially if it is still running 6.1. I am also awaiting the Centurion.

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Looks like a great keyboard, spacious and tactile plus the trackball is a definite bonus, the one on the BlackBerry is ace.

I'm sold and it's good to see that there's a market for WinMob Standard devices with keyboards and none of the fluff.

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http://www.digitimes...amp;query=MAPLE

Looks like the Maple could be coming to the USA, and debuting at CTIA... B)

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It's a great device, but I like the slider phones more. It looked quite fast in the videos I saw.
I'd also love to try the trackball.

BTW: I am already cooking a ROM for the Vox with the SYS/OEM folder from a Snap...and it looks quite good.

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I like device but if its upgraded,i would love it...

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Like it. This could tempt me away from my E71. The hardware of the E71 is great but S60 is so-so, WM Standard is much much better... Having had a QWERTY device for a while now I've tried to use a non-QWERTY device recently and I don't like it so this'll be perfect for me!


I agree...

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