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.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the HTC Touch DIamond2. It’s no secret the that HTC Touch Diamond from last year was one of HTC’s best selling phones of all times. It was picked up by more than a few a dozen cell providers across the globe, making it one of the most recognized WM phones on the market. Now the HTC Touch Diamon2 will be launching with a new design, hardware, and a few extra software tweaks added on to HTC TouchFLO 3D technology. The HTC Touch Diamond2 will feature a people-centric communication approach with their new Straight Talk software. Straight Talk allows the Diamond2 to sort voice, text, and email communication from individual contacts all in one spot, making communication a lot more simple and user friendly. The Diamond2 will also feature a 3.2 inch WVGA display that incorporates a new touch sensitive zoom bar. Running the show will be a Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz, Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional, 512 MB ROM, 288 MB RAM, with a 5 megapixel autofocus camera. The HTC Touch Diamond2 will measure 4.25 X 2.09 X 0.54 inches, weigh 4.15 ounces, sport a 3.2 inch TFT-LCD WVGA (480×800) touchscreen, with a 1100mAh LiIon battery.
Unlike the original HTC Diamond, the Diamond2 will have a MicroSD expansion slot as opposed to 4GB of integrated memory. The HTC Touch Diamons2 will be released to Asian and European markets in early Q2 2009. Other global markets will follow in Q3 of 2009.
The HTC Cruise has just shown it’s face on the FCC’s site, meaning we should see the Cruise on this site of the Atlantic Ocean some time within the next few months. The North American version of the HTC Cruise will ship with quad-band GSM connectivity (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz) and (850 / 1900 MHz) dual-band HSDPA. The radio frequencies match up pretty well with At&t’s network, but there still has not bee nany anouncements from any U.S. carriers quite yet. As we mentioned last time, the HTC Cruise will be the first HTC phone to feature HTC’s Footprints GSP software whic hgives users turn by turn directions and also allows geo tagging.
Google is poised to continue their effort to take over the world. Last week they released Google Latitude which allows you to share your location and keep tabs on your contacts. Today, they are launching Google Sync which will let you keep your phone’s contacts and calendar in sync with your Google account. You might be saying “we already have this with Android.” This is true, but Google is rolling out Google Sync to the iPhone, Windows Mobile, and Blackberry phones. Once you have Google Sync installed on your phone, any changes to a calendar or contact information will automatically be pushed out to Google’s network which will make sure your phone and Google account are always up to date with the latest information. Many smartphone users still find themselves hooking up their phones to their computer on a daily basis to make sure they have all their latest calendar entries. Google Sync is planning on changing all that by also releasing Sync clients for PC, Mac, and Linux that work in the background to keep your Outlook, iCal, Sunbird synced up with your Google account at all times.
Launch day is finally here for the new HTC made T-Mobile Shadow. the new Windows Mobile 6.1 handset is available in white mind and black burgundy for $349.99, but if you are willing to sign your life away on a two year contract, T-mobile is willing to hack off $100 and then give you an additional $50 mail in rebate, taking your total cost down to $199.99. The T-Mobile Shadow weighs in at 5.3 ounces, and measures 2.1 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches. Its 1100 mAh Lithium Ion battery should hold you over for 7 hours of talk time or 7 days of standby. The T-Mobile Shadow is the first Windows Mobile device to support HotSpot calls over WiFi. I’m not sure about you, but paying $200 for a non-touch screen smart phone seems a bit pricey for these days. Granted, T-mobile is not requiring customers to sign up for a data plan with the Shadow as they do for T-Mobile G1 customers.
We have a few more shots of the T-mobile Shadow after the break. Enjoy.
According to Mozilla’s blog, Fennec is scheduled to bereleased the first week or February. The Mozilla team has chosen the HTC Touch Pro as their first test device for their new mobile browser. Fennec is already in Alpha 2 stage and sound like it should be stable enough for a limited demo. Unfortunately there’s no word on when the mobile Firefox browser will be rolled out to other windows Mobile handsets, but I’m sure we’ll be able to spot it on a few different phones by the time MWC roller around.
I think this is a first for HTC. They have actually provided their own video walkthrough of the new HTC Footprints software that is on the new HTC Touch Cruise. So sit back and relax as an HTC engineer takes you around Taipei and demonstrates the functionality that HTC Footprints adds to the Touch Cruise.
One of the neat features is that the HTC Touch Cruise automatically switched to navi-panel mode once it is placed into the car kit holder. This should make a lot of people happy since they will not have to fidget around with small touch screen icons to get their phone to display GPS info.