HTC announces HTC Touch Pro2
It’s always nice to wake up and find a press release from HTC in our e-mail. Only down side about today is that he email came at 4:45 in the morning since the GSMA Mobile World Congress is in full swing in Barcelona (half way around the world). As you might have already read with the last blog post, HTC wants to make sure they can build on the success of last years’ Windows Mobile phones. Here we present the HTC Touch Pro2. As you can tell from the shot above, the HTC Touch Pro2 has undergone a significant redesign from the original Pro. The full QWERTY keyboard has gotten an extensive makeover, adding additional space between the key, and the screen seems to have inherited the tilt motion form the At&t tilt.
HTC will be incorporating their latest version of TouchFLO 3D along with their new Straight Talk software that allows for quick transition between an email to a call a breeze, making all communication between individual contacts more organized. The HTC Touch Pro2 will be powered by a Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz processor, with Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional, 512 MB ROM, 288 MB RAM, and a MicroSD card slot. It will measure 4.57 X 2.33 X 0.68 inches, weigh in at 6.17 ounces, with a 3.6 inch TFT-LCD WVGA (480×800) touchscreen. Unfortunately, the Pro2 will only feature a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, unlike the new Diamond2’s 5MP shooter, but at least it will have a bit more juice since it will be sporting a 1500mAh LiIon battery. Just like the HTC Touch Diamond2, the HTC Touch Pro2 will be available in the second quarter of 2009 in Asian and Europe.
Be sure to read on for more pictures and the full press release from HTC.
HTC TouchFLO 3D Integrated with Windows Mobile
The HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2 utilize HTC’s latest TouchFLO 3D interface. TouchFLO 3D has been more deeply integrated into a customized version of Windows Mobile 6.1 to deliver more consistency throughout Windows Mobile applications and menus. Focused on making navigation easier and more intuitive, TouchFLO 3D brings important information to the top-level user interface, including quick access to people, messaging, email, photos, music and weather. As part of this improved Windows Mobile integration the touch focus areas have been enlarged to be more finger-touch friendly.
BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER
With the HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2, HTC is introducing a new people-centric communication approach, providing a single contact view that displays the individual conversation history of contacts regardless of whether voice, text or email were used. This can be viewed from the contact card or the in-call screen during a phone conversation, ensuring the latest communication contact-by-contact is always at hand.
SIMPLIFYING HOW PEOPLE ACCESS THEIR INFORMATION
Continuing its commitment to making the mobile Internet easier and more enjoyable, the HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2 introduce HTC’s Push Internet technology. HTC Push Internet alleviates slow downloading and rendering of Web pages on a mobile phone. Users can preselect their favorite Websites to get immediate access to them when needed.
HTC TOUCH PRO2
Designed for business professionals, the HTC Touch Pro2 is architected with distinct style and strength while delivering the most powerful productivity experience available on a mobile phone. Leveraging HTC’s TouchFLO 3D, people-centric communication and Push Internet technology, the Touch Pro2 features a high-resolution 3.6-inch widescreen VGA display for an expanded viewing area and large finger-friendly QWERTY keyboard. With improved battery life, expandable memory, a touch-sensitive zoom bar as well as gravity, proximity and ambient light sensors, the Touch Pro2 is optimized for touch as well as heavy email use.
Introducing HTC Straight Talkä for HTC Touch Pro2
The new HTC Touch Pro2 leverages voice in a new way to create one of the most sophisticated communication experiences found on a mobile phone. HTC’s new Straight Talk technology delivers an integrated email, voice and speakerphone experience. Users can transition seamlessly from email to single or multi-party conference calls and turn any location into a conference room.
In addition to the new simplified calling experience, Straight Talk includes an innovative mechanical and acoustic design that features a sophisticated speakerphone experience similar to those found in corporate boardrooms. Straight Talk delivers a high-fidelity voice and sound experience enhanced by asymmetric speakers and advanced noise suppression with full duplex acoustics. When the Touch Pro2 is flipped over it automatically turns into a conference room speakerphone system.
The HTC Touch Diamond2 will be available to customers across major European and Asian markets in early Q2 2009 with broader global availability coming later in the year. The Touch Pro2 will be available across major global markets beginning in early summer.