With recent Windows Mobile Professional releases from HTC such as the Touch Pro/Fuze, Touch Diamond and Touch HD it may come as a surprise that HTC's next U.S. release will be a Windows Mobile Standard device. Enter stage left, the HTC S743.

The HTC s743 is a non-touch screen device with a 12-key front keypad AND a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It is similar to the European S740 but supports the U.S. 3G networks. Fitted with a 2.4" QVGA display the S743 measures 4.58" x 1.71" x .65" and weighs respectfully light 4.94 ounces.

While we were asking a little while ago "Where has Windows Mobile Standard gone?", it appears HTC has given WM Standard a healthy breath of fresh air with the S743. It is anticipated that the S743 will use the same speedy processor of the S740 (the Qualcomm MSM7225 528Mhz) along with the other standard features Windows Mobile users have come to enjoy (Wi-fi, bluetooth, GPS, etc.) as well as a 3.2 megapixel camera and FM reciever.

The S743 is expected to hit the U.S. market during the first quarter of 2009 and be available through select retail outlets such as dell.com and cdw.com.

HTC plans on having the S743 on display at CES 2009 and we will be able to give you a more hands-on opinion of this new phone.  For the time being however, based on the specs, WM Standard's future looks bright with the HTC S743.