HTC has just announced two smartphones that will be significantly upgraded versions of devices that debuted last year. While they will have generally the same designs as their predecessors, both these upcoming Windows Mobile models will have larger, higher-resolution displays.
The focus of the design for the HTC Touch Diamond2 and the Touch Pro2 will be their WVGA (800 by 480 pixel) touchscreens, a jump up from the VGA screens on the originals. Below these will be a new touch-sensitive zoom bar.
Each will use a new version of HTC’s TouchFLO 3D user interface, which has been more deeply integrated into Windows Mobile 6.1 to deliver more consistency throughout applications and menus. Focused on making navigation easier with a fingertip, TouchFLO 3D offers quicker access to contacts, messaging, email, photos, music, and weather than Microsoft’s standard UI.
The hardware at the heart of these smartphones will be near the high end: 528 MHz processors from Qualcomm, 288 MB of RAM, and microSD card slots.
Even though HTC was willing to unveil these models today, some details are still missing. The company has not yet revealed anything about their wireless capabilities, for example. Still, GSM and CDMA versions are a safe assumption, with Wi-Fi and wireless broadband.
Update: Although these models will debut running 6.1, HTC has committed to an upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 when this new version is available.
More about the HTC Touch Diamond2
The Touch Diamond2 will have a simple tablet shape that’s centered around its 3.2-inch WVGA touchscreen.
Unlike its predecessor, which chose 8 GB of built-in storage over a removable memory card, the upcoming model will have a microSD slot, giving it potentially much greater storage capacity.
The Touch Diamond2 will also have a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera and an 1100 mAh rechargeable battery.
It will be a relatively small device: 4.25 inches tall, 2.1 inches wide, and 0.5 inches thick. It will weigh 4.15 ounces with battery.
More about the HTC Touch Pro2
The Touch Pro2 will start with its sister model’s shape but add a landscape-oriented sliding QWERTY keyboard. It will also have a larger WVGA screen — 3.6 inches — and a higher-capacity battery — 1500 mAh.
Naturally, this will make the whole device slightly bigger: 4.6 inches by 2.3 inches by 0.7 inches thick, and 6.17 ounces with battery.
The Touch Pro2 mark the return of the slide-and-tilt screen that was a hallmark of an earlier smartphone from this company, the AT&T Tilt.
It will include a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera.
Other New Features
The Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 will be the debut of HTC’s Push Internet technology. This will allow users to pre-select their favorite websites to get immediate access to them. The goal is to alleviate the slow downloading and rendering of web pages through caching.
In addition, the company is introducing a screen that combines the entire communication history of each person, regardless of whether voice, text, or email were used.
Coming this Spring
HTC says the Touch Diamond2 will be available in major European and Asian markets early in the second quarter of this year, with broader global availability coming later in the year.
The Touch Pro2 will be available in major markets around the world starting in early summer.
There is no word yet on pricing.
HTC has released a pair of video previews for these smartphones: