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HTC’s Star Trek phone teleports in

Windows Mobile king HTC has officially launched its new Trekkie phone to the delight of that coolest of clubs, sci-fi smartphone fans. The STRTrk – or

Windows Mobile king HTC has officially launched its new Trekkie phone to the delight of that coolest of clubs, sci-fi smartphone fans.

The STRTrk – or Qtek 8500, depending on your preferences – is precisely the pancake-flat mobile we predicted when we first heard murmurings of its existence a few weeks back.

At our weigh-in it measured 99g with a 16mm waist, putting it firmly on a collision course with the Moto’s RAZR and the lovely BenQ EF81.

The specs are solid without opening up a whole new smartphone world: it runs Windows Mobile 5.0 for working with and synching all the usual office apps (Outlook, Word, Powerpoint), while Bluetooth and MicroSD will help out on the connectivity front.

Something we didn’t fully appreciate in our early sightings of the STRTrk are its credentials as a music phone – play, fast forward and rewind buttons adorn its front, it’s got an external 1.2in LCD for viewing track info and you can load a MicroSD up with AACs, WMAs or MP3s.

Its main screen is a 2.2in QVGA affair, and there’s Quadband coverage for when you take it to foreign shores, although the 1.3MP camera won’t produce huge poster prints of your time there.

The Qtek 8500 is due to go on sale in third week of June for €499 (£345), but make sure you come back later today for more Trekkie phone action – we’ve bagged a rare spot at the launch for a hands-on test.

5pm update

So, we have our Str Trkr to hand, and a mighty fine fashion phone it is too, drawing coveteous glances from the entire Stuff office. Although the specs don’t warrant excitement, there are two things worth getting psyched about: the build quality and the skinniness.

We particularly like the spring-loaded flip, which is worthy of a ‘nice action!’ accolade, in true Alan Partridge style.

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Dan is Editor-in-chief of Stuff, working across the magazine and the Stuff.tv website.  Our Editor-in-Chief is a regular at tech shows such as CES in Las Vegas, IFA in Berlin and Mobile World Congress in Barcelona as well as at other launches and events. He has been a CES Innovation Awards judge. Dan is completely platform agnostic and very at home using and writing about Windows, macOS, Android and iOS/iPadOS plus lots and lots of gadgets including audio and smart home gear, laptops and smartphones. He's also been interviewed and quoted in a wide variety of places including The Sun, BBC World Service, BBC News Online, BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4, Sky News Radio and BBC Local Radio.

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