HTC debuted its newest QWERTY smartphone today at the CTIA conference in Las Vegas. What we have come to know as the HTC Maple is now the HTC Snap. HTC describes the Snap as being designed to make it easier than ever to stay in contact with life's most important people. The Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard device is fitted with a Qualcomm MSM 7225 528mhz processor, 256mb ROM, 192mb RAM and is expandable via SDHC capable microSD card slot. The Snap measures 4.59"x2.42"x.47" and weighs 4.23 ounces (comparable to the Samsung Blackjack II).

The 2.4", 320x240 QVGA screen is accompanied by the standard Bluetooth, WiFi (OK, not standard for a lot of us non-touchscreen folks) and GPS. Powered by a 1500 mAh battery, the Snap features a center jog ball (looks a little Blackberry-esque) and a new feature, "Inner Circle" e-mail. (Queue "Cops" theme song here.) According to HTC, the Inner Circle key brings e-mails from a preselected group of people to the top of the inbox, enabling important messages to be acted on immediately.

The Snap is expected to be available in selected markets during the second quarter of 2009 and available in additional markets around the world throughout the second half of the year. Additionally, an unlocked version supporting HSDPA at 850/1900mhz for U.S. markets will be made under the device name HTC S522 during the summer.

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