Sprint has just announced that it will begin offering the Touch by HTC in less than three weeks, which will make it the first U.S. carrier to offer this Windows Mobile smartphone. This model will offer a a touch-based user interface and support for Sprint’s 3G network.
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A version of this device debuted in Europe and Asia this summer, and has proved to be very popular; so far, HTC has sold about 800,000 of them.
The Touch Has TouchFLO
Like many other devices, the Touch runs Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 6 Professional, but includes a new way of controlling touchscreen-based devices developed by HTC called TouchFLO. This model is capable of recognizing and responding to the sweep of a finger across the screen. This allows users to easily launch applications or make phone calls without a stylus.
“Touch by HTC presents a new, more intuitive touch experience that simplifies access to the most commonly used smartphone features such as dialing, messaging, and Web browsing. It also improves the video and music experience with the addition of Sprint TV and the Sprint Music Store,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC.
This smartphone has a tablet shape that’s, not surprisingly, centered on its 2.8 inch, QVGA touchscreen; it has a minimal number of hardware buttons. It is 4.0 inches tall, 2.4 inches wide, 0.6 inches thick, and weighs 4 ounces.
Sprint version of the Touch will have a few differences from the version available in Europe. It will run on CDMA networks and include support for the 3G standard EV-DO. Less positive news is that Wi-Fi will not be included in this version.
All versions of this model include a memory card slot that supports up to 4 GB microSD cards, and Sprint will bundle a 512 MB card with its version of this device.
Additional features include a 2.0 MP camera/camcorder with up to 5X zoom, stereo Bluetooth, and voice-activated dialing.
Pricing and Availability
Sprint will sell the Touch by HTC for $250 with a two-year subscriber agreement and a $100 mail-in rebate.
It will be available on November 4 in all Sprint channels including Sprint.com