Monday, February 16, 2009

HTC announced the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 handsets at the Mobile World Congress today.

The Touch Diamond2, aimed at the mainstream consumer, upgrades the display size from its Touch Diamond predecessor from 2.8-inches to 3.2-inches widescreen VGA. The handset remains a thin 13.7 mm thick, and runs on a customized version of Windows Mobile 6.1 that integrates with HTC’s TouchFLO 3D technology that includes a touch sensitive zoom bar for zooming and panning web pages, emails, text messages and more. Other features include a 5.0 megapixel camera with auto focus, expandable memory, a gravity sensor, and an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts screen brightness. The Touch Diamond2 also includes HTC’s new Push Internet that updates web apps in the background so, for example, if you want to check news updates it’s ready to go upon launching the app so you don’t have to wait for download.

The HTC TouchPro2 is aimed at the business crowd, incorporating Windows Mobile 6.1, TouchFLO 3D, Push Internet, a high-res, 3.6-inch widescreen touch VGA display and a full QWERTY keyboard. The Touch Pro2 also has a zoom bar and gravity, proximity and ambient light sensors. The handset also has HTC’s new Straight Talk, that allows the Touch Pro2 to be used for single or multi-person conference calls. When it’s flipped on its back it turns into a speakerphone system.
The HTC Touch Diamond2 will arrive in Europe and Asia early in the second quarter, and other global markets later in 2009. The Touch Pro2 will be available globally in early summer.