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HTC launches the Touch smartphone
Posted: 06-Jun-2007 [Source: HTC]

[HTC's new Microsoft Windows Mobile-based smartphone features TouchFLO technology.]

London -- HTC Corp. announced the global launch of the HTC Touch., a deceptively small and stylish mobile phone that ushers in an innovative new concept in intuitive touch screen navigation. Orange is the first pan-European operator to launch the HTC Touch.

The groundbreaking HTC Touch offers a new and unique way of controlling touch screen-based devices by recognising and responding to the sweep of a finger across the screen. It is intelligent enough to distinguish between finger and stylus input and then respond accordingly.

Smart, stylish and versatile, the HTC Touch brings together a wide variety of communication, entertainment and professional capabilities that enable mobile consumers to balance work and play. The new HTC-designed homescreen provides one-touch access to emails, text messages, calendar appointments and contacts, as well as current weather conditions and forecasts for hundreds of cities around the world.

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.

Leveraging the broad functionality of Windows Mobile 6 Professional, the HTC Touch. includes Outlook Mobile, Office Mobile and the capabilities to run thousands of third-party applications. Users can surf the web with Internet ExplorerR, send and receive emails, chat and upload files to the internet. The HTC Touch also features a 2 mega-pixel camera, a large 2.8-inch colour LCD screen and comes with a 1GB microSD card, giving users the versatility to store, upload and share multimedia content with ease.

Availability - The announcement marks the first time that HTC has introduced an HTC product globally, and comes almost exactly a year after the company launched its first own-branded products in June 2006. The HTC Touch will also be the first HTC-branded product to be sold in Asia. The HTC Touch will be available to customers across Europe and Asia this month, beginning today in the United Kingdom. The HTC Touch will be initially available to Orange customers in the UK, France, Spain and the Netherlands.

T-Mobile will launch a customised version of the device which will be named the MDA Touch across key European markets. The innovative and strong multi-media feature set of the MDA Touch will be a powerful fit to T-Mobile's web'n'walk proposition.

HTC Touch. key features

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-FiR: IEEE 802.11 b/g and BluetoothR 2.0

Choice of two colours at launch - elegant soft black or alluring wasabi green

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