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HTC Surround "Audiophile" Smartphone Launches In The US

HTC is pitching its latest Windows Phone 7 handset, the Surround, for those looking for the audiophile, connoisseur crowd, one which, accoridng to the Taiwanese manufacturer, requires a "richer listening and viewing experience".

The phone comes with Dolby Mobile and SRS WOW HD and features a slide out speaker where you'd expect to find a full QWERTY keyboard and a kickstand that converts the phone into the equivalent of a digital photo frame.

In addition, HTC has thrown in a number of minor audio goodies like a surround button that "adds dimension" and volume, a Sound Enhancer app which is a glorified equalizer, prompting the company to call its newest handset a boombox.

The handset in itself is based on the same hardware template that HTC has used for the past 18 months or so. A 3.8-inch WVGA screen (not sure whether its super LCD or super AMOLED), 448MB RAM, 512MB ROM and 16GB internal storage, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, a 5-megapixel camera with HD recording capabilities, AF and flash, Wi-Fi, GPS, all weighing only 165 grams.

The phone is only available for sale in the US and HTC hasn't confirmed whether it will be sold overseas.