HTC makes Touch Diamond2, Touch Pro2 official

HTC makes Touch Diamond2, Touch Pro2 official

Summary: HTC today (re-)unveiled its two new flagship devices, the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2. They were originally unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2009 (our own Matthew Miller went hands-on), but now they've got price tags.

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HTC today (re-)unveiled its two new flagship devices, the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2. They were originally unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2009 (our own Matthew Miller went hands-on), but now they've got price tags.

A quick reminder about what's new with these devices:

The Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2 utilize the company's TouchFLO 3D interface on top of, sadly, Windows Mobile 6.1. Both phones feature HTC's Push Internet technology, in which users can preselect Websites to get immediate access to them as necessary.

The Touch Diamond2 incorporates a larger 3.2-inch high-resolution wide-screen VGA display for a greater viewing area in a design 13.7mm thick. The phone also includes a new touch sensitive zoom bar for viewing content. HTC says the handset has 20 percent larger battery capacity. The device also has a five megapixel autofocus camera, expandable memory, gravity sensor and an ambient light sensor.

The Touch Pro2 is intended for business professionals, and features a high-resolution 3.6-inch widescreen VGA display and a QWERTY keyboard. It has "improved" battery life, expandable memory, a touch-sensitive zoom bar as well as gravity, proximity and ambient light sensors. HTC says it's good for heavy e-mailers.

Along with the Touch Pro2 comes "Straight Talk," a Sen. John McCain-sounding technology that allows users to transition from e-mail to single or multi-party conference calls. It's intended to kick up the notch of the speakerphone aspect of the device, "enhanced by asymmetric speakers and advanced noise suppression with full duplex acoustics." When the Touch Pro2 is flipped over it automatically turns into a conference room speakerphone system, which is a neat trick.

Both smartphones will be available "from mid-May and end of June 2009" at a suggested retail price of SGD (that's Singapore) $1,088 and $1,328, or roughly $726 and $887, respectively.

Of course, we'll see what happens when the unlocked phones arrive Stateside and are rolled up into T-Mobile contracts.

Topics: HTC, Hardware

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  • Does the shiny GUI still crap out when you run 3rd party WM apps? [nt]

    [nt]
    olePigeon
    • Frustrated you got a Kernel Panic on...

      ...your new CrapPhone? (hahaha) Or is the CrapPhone part of the new botnet ZombiePhone ? :D

      PS: My TouchHD is laughing at it, with its bigger screen, bigger resolution, bigger camera, uhmm....bigger everything. Who said size doesn`t matter? :D
      PS: I just love my WM&Symbian GPS apps, like IGO or Garmin. Still stuck with that patetic Google Maps? Oh, don`t worry, you still have to wait a couple of months to get "cut&paste/videorecording/A2DP" anyway, maybe after another year you will know how a GPS looks like:)))
      Soulstorm
      • !!!

        Aren't you catty? snicker snicker snicker...

        rvgammill@...
  • RE: HTC makes Touch Diamond2, Touch Pro2 official

    The author didn't specify, but should we assume these are touch screen devices? Has HTC made any improvements in the accuracy of the touch screen? How about the number pad for dialing? Do these include voice-dialing capabilities? Which software (VoiceSignal or MS Voice Command)? I suppose the AT&T version will disable a bunch of stuff, load it up with crap-ware, and then try to charge me to re-enable things like the GPS? And finally, who in the world needs a gravity sensor? Isn't gravity pretty much constant here on Earth?
    TallTomD
    • yes

      Touch screen and slider, WM6 has MS voice command, Touch-Flo 3d interface seems about the same. Ditch AT&T and go Sprint, the Everything plans are great values. The gravity sensor function is quite useful, actually, if you lean the phone over it goes wide screen which is helpful reading some things. Plus it works with those goofy tilt games, such as you see iPhone advertise on TV. There are some unadvertised aspects to WM6 that require a little inverstigation to see if the carrier includes them in their setup, but the HTC Pro running WM6 Pro is basically the best thing I have ever seen.
      rvgammill@...
  • RE: HTC makes Touch Diamond2, Touch Pro2 official

    I love my Touch Pro. It is the greatest thing I have ever seen. The Pro2 adds a few bells and whistles. Good selling points for new users, but not enough to get me to upgrade. WM6 is a great OS. I could be happier, I suppose, but requiring taller waves of technical orgasmic ecstasy seems beyond the pale. This thing smokes iPhone and Blackberry.
    rvgammill@...
  • RE: HTC makes Touch Diamond2, Touch Pro2 official

    I'm counting down the days... perfect upgrade from my TyTN II (aka HTC Tilt). I'd think that the huge tilting screen offers something significant for even Pro users but the WM6.5 upgradability sounds good to me.
    brisbaneshanghai