htc 5800 smartphoneBell wasn't going to let Telus go it alone in the HTC sweepstakes. Today they announced the HTC 5800.

The 5800 smartphone features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard and is essentially the same phone as the S720 Libra announced earlier this month by the other big Canadian CDMA carrier, Telus.

Both phones operate on Windows Mobile 6.0, feature stereo Bluetooth and a 2.0 megapixel shooter. The biggest difference appears to be the front housing and a slight difference in weight. Oh yeh, and Bell beats Telus on price by $50 without contract, $449.95 vs. $499.99 with Telus.

Official Press Release
Bell today announced the availability of the lightweight but feature-loaded HTC 5800 smartphone. Like
the more powerful HTC 6800 also offered by Bell, the HTC 5800 operates on Microsoft Windows Mobile 6, offering clients mobile access to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook Mobile applications.

"The enhanced capabilities of the HTC 5800 and HTC 6800 allow clients to access a range of business and productivity applications, without compromising on multimedia functionality or style," said Adel Bazerghi, Vice President of Products for Bell Mobility.

Operating on the Bell high speed wireless network, the HTC 5800 and HTC 6800 provide the fastest mobile data download speeds and mobile Internet access available in Canada. Both feature lightweight sliding QWERTY keyboards that store discreetly, as well as Bluetooth(R) wireless technology for use with wireless stereo headphones or hands-free car kits.

The HTC 5800 also features:

- Slim design - 103.5 mm x 51 mm x 19 mm, weighing only 138g
- Traditional numeric keypad and sliding QWERTY keyboard
for easy typing
- 2.0 megapixel camera and video
- Full-colour, high-resolution screen
- 128 MB ROM, 64 MB RAM with expandable MicroSD(TM) memory card slot
- MP3 player

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