updated 05:05 am EDT, Wed June 4, 2008
HTC Touch Pro debuts
HTC Corp on Wednesday unveiled the HTC Touch Pro, a business version of the highly anticipated Touch Diamond. The new touch-driven phone -- with a sliding-keyboard design -- utilizes similar styling and functionality, while adding a variety of business-focused enhancements, including a full QWERTY keyboard. The company's 3D touch interface called TouchFLO 3D, provides an intuitive way to navigate through common tasks like messaging, calendar appointments or making calls with just one touch as well as navigating through photos/contacts and surfing the web. In addition, the Touch Pro includes a new innovative touch-sensitive control for device interaction, a 2.8-inch VGA touch-screen LCD, support for Windows Mobile 6.1, a 3.2MP camera, a microSD expansion slot, Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR, GPS support, and 512MB internal memory.
Featuring HSDPA 7.2 Mbps for the fastest 3G connectivity (GSM networks: 900/2100MHz) and Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) functions for local hotspots, the new HTC phone provides a new customized mobile Web browser that enables easy viewing and effortless navigation with one-hand zoom and pan controls and automatic adjustment for portrait and landscape orientations. In addition to Web browsing, the Touch Pro includes an HTC-developed, YouTube application for watching a variety of user-generated video content as well as including Google Maps for mobile for mapping and traffic data.
The new five-row QWERTY keyboard layout helps users with typing-intensive tasks like composing email or working on Microsoft Office documents and built-in TV-out functionality means users can deliver PowerPoint presentation from the Touch Pro. A 2.8-inch VGA display provides near-print quality viewing, the company claims and the built-in camera includes an optical auto-focus lens.
The HTC Touch Pro weights 165g and is just over 18mm thick with a 1340mAh battery for up to 8 hours of talk time; it will be available across all major European, Asian and the Middle East markets in late summer while the North American and Latin American versions of Touch Pro will be available later in 2008.
HTC also announced multiple accessories will be available for the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro including a similarly designed desktop cradle and travel charger accessory pack as well as an extended battery and slim collapsible case for the Touch Diamond, which is expected to sell more than 2 million units.