HTC today announced two new Windows Mobile Pro phones, the Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2. As upgrades to the existing HTC Touch Diamond and Touch Pro, these offer larger displays running at a higher resolution 800 x 480 (the same as the Touch HD), and they're upgradable or may ship with Windows Mobile 6.5 (HTC will not offer a Windows Mobile 6.5 upgrade for the original Diamond and Touch Pro). The Diamond2 upgrades the camera to 5 megapixels. Availability is early Q2 in Europe and Asia (no US 3G likely on the Eurasian version) and early summer for the Touch Pro2.
Above: the HTC Touch Diamond 2. Below is the HTC Touch Pro2, with its return to the Tilt design slider.
Here's the new software features:
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 DIAMOND2 The HTC Touch Diamond2 is the next step in the evolution of the successful HTC Touch Diamond. Crafted to fit perfectly into the hand, the Touch Diamond2 evolves the compact design and iconic style of the original HTC Touch Diamond. It incorporates a larger 3.2-inch high-resolution wide-screen VGA display for a greater viewing area in a design just 13.7mm thick. The phone also includes a new touch sensitive zoom bar for even faster zooming of Web pages, emails, text messages, photos or documents.
Leveraging HTC's TouchFLO 3D experience combined with a people-centric communication approach and HTC's new Push Internet technology The Touch Diamond2 offers an advanced touch experience that is optimized for one-hand use.
With fifty-percent better battery life, a five mega-pixel auto focus camera, expandable memory, gravity sensor and an ambient light sensor, the Touch Diamond2 brings the most sophisticated capabilities to a broad consumer audience looking for the professional benefits of a smartphone without sacrificing size, looks or functionality.
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 TALKAe 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.
Availability 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.
The HTC Touch Diamond2
Building upon the iconic design of the first HTC Touch Diamond, the HTC Touch Diamond2 is a full touchscreen device with a 3.2 inch WVGA display that incorporates a new touch sensitive zoom bar. The device uses HTC's latest HTC TouchFLO 3D technology which has been even more deeply integrated into Windows Mobile 6.1. Additional specifications are below:
Processor: Qualcomm(R) MSM7200A, 528 MHz OS: Windows Mobile(R) 6.1 Professional Memory: 512 MB ROM, 288 MB RAM Memory Expansion: microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible) Dimensions: 4.25 X 2.09 X 0.54 inches (HxWxT) Weight: 4.15 ounces (with battery) Display: 3.2 inch TFT-LCD WVGA (480x800) touchscreen Camera: 5 megapixel autofocus camera Battery: 1100mAh LiIon
HTC Touch Pro2 Also building on its namesake, the HTC Touch Pro2 incorporates a sizeable 3.6 inch WVGA touchscreen and a large QWERTY keyboard for heightened productivity. In addition to using the latest HTC TouchFLO 3D technology and people-centric communication approach, the HTC Touch Pro2 is the first device to use HTC's new Straight Talk technology which makes transitioning between an email to a call a breeze. With Straight Talk, an endless email string can be converted to a quick conference call with the push of a button. Additional specifications are below:
Processor: Qualcomm MSM7200A, 528 MHz OS: Windows Mobile(R) 6.1 Professional Memory: 512 MB ROM, 288 MB RAM Memory Expansion: microSD memory card (SD 2.0 compatible) Dimensions: 4.57 X 2.33 X 0.68 inches (HxWxT) Weight: 6.17 ounces (with battery) Display: 3.6 inch TFT-LCD WVGA (480x800) touchscreen Camera: 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera Battery: 1500mAh LiIon
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview