With the launch this week of the much-anticipated Apple iPhone, it is interesting that the Windows-based phones that have similar functionality have not garnered the same attention. Expect to wait at least 9 months for the iPhone to appear in the local market. However, this week you will find in Optus shops the HTC Touch ? a phone that has a large screen and finger touch-based operation, just like the iPhone.

HTC TOUCH delivers a new touchscreen experience

HTC has 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.

The HTC Touch brings a new level of simplicity to the powerful and function-rich device experience that today?s mobile consumers demand. The 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 even intelligent enough to distinguish between finger and stylus input and then respond accordingly.

Access to your most commonly used content, contacts and features is only a simple finger flick away. While mobile phone makers have done a great job of cramming ever-more exciting features into ever-smaller phones, accessing that information generally remains lost in complex button activated menus and navigation screens.

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 home screen 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. Users simply sweep their finger up the display to launch an animated, threedimensional 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 that 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, Windows Live and the capability to run thousands of third-party applications.

Users can surf the web with Internet Explorer, send and receive emails, chat on Messenger and send files to their own web space through Windows Live.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 99.9 x 58 x 13.9 mm (L x W x D)
  • Weight: 112 g 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 megapixel 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-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g and
  • Bluetooth 2.0

Availability and price

The HTC Touch is available now Australia from Optus retailers, Officeworks and through Brightpoint. The RRP is $699.00.

Source: HTC