We knew the Pharos Traveler 127 and 117 PND smartphones were coming thanks to a website slip-up by Dell, and today is launch day. The pair of PDA smartphones/internet-connected PND’s are the first by Pharos to offer 3G cellular support, assisted GPS, and Windows Mobile 6.1. And rather than rely on carrier’s for mapping/navigation, Pharos has its own software which can be installed on the phone, or you can access navigational features via Pharos’ servers. This way it never matters if you have a clear cellular connection.
Both devices also receive free real-time traffic updates, updated POI databases, and the Pharos Follow Me service which allows you to track friends with compatible Pharos phones on the web. Both Traveler’s also share a number of specifications including quad-band GSM/EDGE, tri-band HSPA, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, free maps of the United States and Canada loaded on a 2 GB microSD card ($99.95 after the first few months), and the option to purchase or rent downloadable maps for specific regions.
The two Pharos phones also both feature Bluetooth v2.0+EDR, a 4 hour talktime/200 hour standby rechargeable battery, 2 megapixel camera/camcorder, and a 0.3 megapixel front camera for video conferencing. The only notable differences between the two lie in screen size and keyboard. The Traveler 117 sports a 2.8-inch touchscreen but has no QWERTY keyboard. The Traveler 127, on the other hand, has a smaller 2.5-inch touchscreen but a full QWERTY keyboard.
Both Pharos phones will retail for $529.95 from Dell, Amazon, Newegg, and Expansys plus other major online retailers starting December 1. And of course, the phones will be unlocked.