HTC has launched its Touch for professionals, adding more power and a sliding keyboard to the handheld device.
On Wednesday the company unveiled the HTC Touch Pro, an own-branded Windows Mobile 6.1 device that has already surfaced as the T-Mobile MDA Vario IV. It is very similar to the recently released Touch Diamond handset, with the main differences being the added keyboard, more RAM and better battery life. The Diamond is being touted for high-end consumers, while the Pro is plainly a business device.
"The HTC Touch Pro and Touch Diamond have created a new generation of HTC touch devices that make the promise of the one-hand, one-touch mobile internet a reality," said Peter Chou, HTC's president and chief executive, in a statement on Wednesday.
The dimensions of the Touch Pro are, when viewed from the front of the device, exactly the same as the Touch Diamond. Because of the keyboard, though, the Pro is 6.7mm thicker. At 165g, it is also 55g heavier than the Diamond. The Pro lacks the Diamond's 4GB of internal storage but has microSD expandability, which the Diamond does not.
The Pro has 512MB of ROM (the Diamond has 256MB) and 288MB of RAM (the Diamond has 192MB). The battery capacity is 1340mAH as opposed to the Diamond's 900mAh, but both handsets share the same Qualcomm 528MHz processor. According to HTC, the Pro will give 485 minutes of talk time and 406 hours of standby time.
Otherwise, the specifications are the same. Both the Diamond and Pro use the same 3.2 megapixel camera, FM radio, GPS and VGA-resolution touchscreen. They also both use HTC's flashy TouchFLO 3D interface, and offer 7.2Mbps HSDPA connectivity as well as tri-band GSM/EDGE/GPRS.
Like the Diamond, the Touch Pro uses Opera as its browser rather than Internet Explorer Mobile Ã¢â‚¬" an event that came about because Microsoft released Windows Mobile 6.1 before it released Internet Explorer Mobile 6, which is expected to reach the rendering level that Opera already achieves.
The handset should become available in the Asia Pacifc region later this year, according to HTC.
The HTC Touch Pro is basically the Touch Diamond with a keyboard, more RAM and better battery life. Credit: HTC