CTIA09: HTC Snap keeps your best friends up front


Contrary to what Facebook friend counts may lead you to believe, most people really don’t have hundreds upon hundreds of friends. Sure, they may know some absurd number of people – but according to a study by HTC, about 55% of people really only care about communicating with five or fewer people.

Playing around with this idea a bit, HTC has just introduced a new feature they’ve dubbed “Inner Circle”, which prioritizes messages from a select group of people, granting them special notifications and one-button access. Want to see the e-mails from your mom, your wife, and your kids – but no one else? Tap the Inner Circle button, and they’ll shoot onto the screen.

The first handset to make use of this new functionality is the HTC Snap, which they’ve just announced at CTIA 2009 moments ago. Coming in at an oh-so pocket friendly 11.9 millimeters, the Snap’s packin’ Windows Mobile 6.1 running on 528 Mhz processor. We got a chance to play with one a few hours ago, but cameras were strictly prohibited. We’re off to see it again in a matter of hours, so be on the lookout for hands-on impressions and shots later today. The Snap will launch in “select channels” in Q2 2009, “around the world” in the second half of 2009, and in the US (as the unlocked S522 at 850/1900 Mhz with HSDPA support) sometime this summer.

(Oh – and for the sake of those wondering which one is the Inner Circle key, it’s the green circle on the bottom right of the keyboard.)

Full Specs:

  • Qualcomm MSM 7225, 528 Mhz
  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • 256 MB ROM, 192 MB RAM
  • Expandable via microSDHC
  • 4.59″x2.42″x.47″ (LxWxT)
  • 4.23 Ounces
  • 2.4″ QVGA (320×240) display
  • HSDPA/WCDMA 900/2100 Mhz (HTC Snap) or HSDPA/WCDMA 850/1900 Mhz (HTC S522)
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
  • 802.11g WiFi
  • 2.0 megapixel camera
  • 1500mAh battery
  • 8.5 or 5 hour talk time (GSM, WCDMA respectively), 15.8 days or 20 days standby (same)