HTC have just announced the HTC Touch Dual. You’ve seen this on the site under various names (Nike, Touch Slide etc etc) and it builds on the already popular HTC Touch device.
One thumb-flick is all it takes to reveal the numeric keypad which is neatly tucked under the main screen. The innovative HTC TouchFLO technology is also on board plus there’s 3G and HSPDA connectivity for that 3.5G experience. Running Windows Mobile 6 Pro the Touch Dual has a 2 megapixel camera at the rear plus a face-pointing camera up front for video calls. You also get 256Mb flash, 128Mb RAM and (we presume) WiFi with a nippy Qualcomm 400 MHz CPU powering it along.
The good news? It’s coming to Orange and should be available later this month elsewhere. There’ll be two versions of the keypad (as we’ve seen), either the 12 or 20 key configuration. Read on for the full press release plus close-up shots. It’s also worth having a look at HTCTouch.com for a newly-added walk-through of the HTC Touch Dual.
Update – The Touch Dual also gets an enhanced version of the HTC TouchFLO technology with one-touch slideshow, touch zoom and rotation of images.
New device expands Touch family with addition of 3G/HSDPA connectivity, sliding keypad
and advanced touch interface that takes Touch to new level
LONDON — October 1, 2007 — HTC Corp. (TAIEX: 2498; “HTC”), the world’s leading
provider of Windows Mobile®-based smart devices, today announced the European launch
of the HTC Touch Dual™, a new and more powerful member of the Touch™ family that
integrates 3.5G wireless connectivity with a sleek and innovative sliding keypad design.
The HTC Touch Dual™ follows HTC’s heritage of bringing a new level of simplicity to the
powerful and feature rich device experience that today’s mobile users demand. Taking a
design cue from the stylish HTC Touch™, the HTC Touch Dual™ adds high speed 3G/HSDPA
connectivity and a slide out keypad into a thin and narrow device designed for easy typing.
The HTC Touch Dual™ is the second device to feature HTC’s TouchFLO™, the same
gesture-recognition technology as that in the HTC Touch™, but now with new functionality
including the ability to view photo slideshows using on-screen controls and to zoom and
rotate images with only one hand. TouchFLO™ also allows enhanced finger touch scrolling
and browsing of web pages, documents, messages and contact lists.
“The HTC Touch Dual expands the HTC Touch product family and integrates 3.5G
connectivity and a sliding keyboard into a slim and stylish design. This combination provides
customers with the most uncompromising and intuitive touch experience available on a
phone,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC. “The HTC Touch has not only
changed the way people interact with their phone but it has redefined what touch means on
a consumer device. HTC is committed to bringing advanced levels of technology to
consumers with continuous innovation. The HTC Touch Dual is the next step forward.”
The HTC Touch Dual™ with Windows Mobile software offers a rich and familiar experience
that will enable users to stay connected and access the people, information and
entertainment – most important to them – all from a single, personalised device.
Separately, HTC today also announced an additional colour variant and a free, full-screen
virtual keypad download for the original HTC Touch™. From October the HTC Touch™ will be
available in stylish Arctic Silver in addition to the black version launched in June. The virtual
keypad will be available via download from the HTC website at www.europe.htc.com.
The HTC Touch Dual™ will be available to customers across Europe later this month. The
HTC Touch Dual™ will launch with either a 12 or 20-key keypad across Europe, depending
on country and operator choice
The first pan-European operator partner to launch the HTC Touch Dual™ will be Orange,
which will launch it in the UK, France, Romania and Poland as part of its Signature Series,
and in Switzerland as a non-Signature device.
• Size: 107 x 55 x 15.8 mm
• Weight: 120 g
• Connectivity: WCDMA/HSDPA: 2100 MHz/GSM/EDGE: 900/1800/1900 MHz
• Operating system: Windows Mobile® 6 Professional
• Display: 2.6-inch QVGA flat touch screen
• Camera: 2 megapixel plus front facing camera for video calling
• Internal memory: 256 MB flash, 128 MB RAM
• Removable memory: microSDTM slot
• Bluetooth: 2.0 with EDR
• Interface: HTC ExtUSBTM (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 Full-Speed)
• Battery: 1100 mAh
• Talk time: WCDMA: up to 240 minutes*, GSM: up to 360 minutes*
• Standby time: WCDMA: up to 150 hours*, GSM: up to 250 hours*
• Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM7200, 400 MHz