Chalk up another contestant for Malatesta's Black Slab beauty contest, though this is probably as close as you'll get to it.

Introducing the MWg Zinc II (that'd be for Singapore's Mobile & Wireless Group), making its  U.S. debut after spending some time across the pond in Europe.

The specs aren't shabby.

  • UMTS Tri-band, GSM Quad-band
  • HSDPA 3.6 Mbps
  • Samsung 500 Mhz
  • 2.8” TFT QVGA (Touch Screen)
  • Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
  • Semi-automatic sliding mechanism with qwerty keypad
  • WLAN (802.11 b/g) and BT v 2.0
  • 2MP Camera (rear-facing)
  • GPS : SirF Star III
  • Dimension: 109.5 x 59 x 18 mm

But the price is hefty: Upwards of $700 from your favorite online retailer, as no U.S. carrier is offering (read: subsidizing) this one. However, MWg appears to be hoping to change that.

“MWg has established a full operation in the US focused on developing MWg as a recognized brand in the region. The Zinc II is the first new device to be released in this market and will be sold unlocked through various channels including retailers, e-tailers, corporate resellers and systems integrators.”