HTC Imagio Among New Verizon Smartphone Bumper Crop


Verizon and HTC on Thursday debuted the Imagio, notable in that it's the first smartphone to support Verizon's V Cast Mobile TV services and also Verizon's first Windows Mobile 6.5 device. It was one of several devices Verizon announced Thursday with other smartphone makers like Nokia, Samsung and Motorola.

HTC Imagio will run $200 with a two-year lock-in and $100 rebate, be available starting Oct. 6 from Verizon online, and will hit Verizon Wireless stores on Oct. 20.

According to Verizon and HTC, the phone -- which was called HTC Whitestone under its development code-name -- also works with Verizon's V Cast Video On Demand and V Cast Music services. Monthly access packages for V Cast Mobile TV are $15 a month.

The Imagio sports a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen and an antenna, measures 4.6 by 2.4 by 0.5 inches, weighs 5.25 ounces and features a 528-Mhz Qualcomm MSM7600 processor, with a 1500 lithium ion battery. It uses HTC's TouchFlo 3-D interface, a 5-megapixel camera, a 3.5-mm headphone jack and a microSD expansion slot.

Verizon mentioned a number of new Verizon-supported mobile devices on Thursday. The HTC Imagio joins the Nokia 2705 Shade, the Samsung Razzle, the Motorola Barrage, and, a netbook, the Gateway LT206u.

Oct. 6 is also the launch date for a number of other phones from AT&T, Sprint and Verizon using Windows Mobile 6.5.