HTC is making some of the coolest mobile devices around, from the Advantage, a Windows Mobile device to the Shift UMPC. Today they are announcing the launch of the Touch, a Windows Mobile 6 Pro (Phone Edition) phone that uses a very iPhone-like touch interface. The Touch is about the size of the iPhone, coming in 2.6 mm thicker, 15 mm shorter, 3 mm narrower and 23 grams lighter. Here are the basic features of the HTC Touch:
Leveraging the broad functionality of Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the HTC Touch™ includes Outlook Mobile, Office Mobile, Windows Live and the capabilities to run thousands of third-party applications. Users can surf the web with Internet Explorer®, send and receive emails, chat on Messenger and send files to their own web space through Windows Live®. Other HTC Touch™ details include:
• Dimensions: 99.9mm (L) x 58mm (W) x 13.9mm (T)
• Weight: 112g with battery
• 1GB microSD storage card included / 64MB RAM, 128MB ROM
• 2.8’’ LCD touch screen with backlight, 240 x 320 dots resolution with 65,536 colours
• Battery Life: Rechargeable Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 1100 mAh
• Standby time: Up to 200 / Talk time: Up to 5 hours
• Camera: 2.0 mega-pixel CMOS colour camera
• Windows Mobile 6 Professional with Direct Push Email and HTML email support
• Wireless Connectivity: GSM/GPRS/EDGE Tri-band: 900, 1800,1900, Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g and Bluetooth® 2.0
• Choice of two colors at launch – elegant soft black or alluring wasabi green
The Touch is available in the UK now and will be released in Asia and the rest of Europe later this month. US and Latin American availability is expected in the last half of this year. Let’s hope the the 850 band will make it into the US version.
The TouchFLO interface is manipulated by swiping the finger either up and down or left and right on the screen to make different things happen. Here’s how HTC describes the new interface:
The HTC Touch is the first device to feature TouchFLO™, the new underlying touch screen technology developed by HTC. Consumers simply sweep their finger up the display to launch an animated, three-dimensional interface comprising three screens: Contacts, Media and Applications. The interface can be spun by swiping a finger right or left across the display, providing efficient access to the features consumers use most. TouchFLO™ also enhances finger touch scrolling and browsing of Web pages, documents, messages and contact lists.
Sounds a lot like the iPhone, doesn’t it? According to HTC the Touch interface will distinguish between a fingertip touch and a stylus touch and do different things accordingly. No word on pricing has been given yet.