HTC launches Touch Pro2 with new Straight Talk Technology

Delivering powerful productivity experience for business

Dubai — June 29, 2009 — HTC Corporation, a global leader in mobile phone innovation and design, has announced the Middle East launch of HTC Touch Pro2TM. Integrating innovative simplicity with unique style and an intuitive interface, the device balances function, form and cutting-edge technology to personalise the communication and mobile Internet experience.

The new HTC Touch Pro2 leverages voice in a new way to create one of the most sophisticated communication experiences found on a mobile phone.   HTC’s new Straight Talk technology delivers an integrated email, voice and speakerphone experience. Users can transition seamlessly from email to single or multi-party conference calls and turn any location into a conference room.

In addition to the new simplified calling experience, Straight Talk includes an innovative mechanical and acoustic design that features a sophisticated speakerphone experience similar to those found in corporate boardrooms. Straight Talk delivers a high-fidelity voice and sound experience 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.

“The HTC Touch Pro2 introduces a mobile communication experience that simplifies how we communicate with people in our lives whether through voice, text or email,” said Kevin Chen, General Manager, HTC Middle East and Africa and CIS. “HTC is delivering the latest, cutting-edge sophistication in a broad portfolio of mobile phones that improve how people live, work and communicate.”

The HTC Touch Pro2 utilises HTC’s latest TouchFLO 3D interface. TouchFLO 3D has been more deeply integrated into a customized version of Windows Mobile 6.1 to deliver more consistency throughout Windows Mobile applications and menus. Focused on making navigation easier and more intuitive, TouchFLO 3D brings important information to the top-level user interface, including quick access to people, messaging, email, photos, music and weather. As part of this improved Windows Mobile integration the touch focus areas have been enlarged to be more finger-touch friendly.

The Touch Pro2 also features HTC’s people-centric communication approach, providing a single contact view that displays the individual conversation history of contacts regardless of whether voice, text or email were used.  This can be viewed from the contact card or the in-call screen during a phone conversation, ensuring the latest communication contact-by-contact is always at hand.

Continuing its commitment to making the mobile Internet easier and more enjoyable, the HTC Touch Pro2 incorporates HTC’s now popular Push Internet technology. HTC Push Internet alleviates slow downloading and rendering of Web pages on a mobile phone. Users can preselect their favorite Websites to get immediate access to them when needed.

Designed for business professionals, the HTC Touch Pro2 is architected with distinct style and strength while delivering the most powerful productivity experience available on a mobile phone. The Touch Pro2 features a high-resolution 3.6-inch widescreen VGA display for an expanded viewing area and large finger-friendly QWERTY keyboard. With improved battery life, expandable memory, a touch-sensitive zoom bar as well as gravity, proximity and ambient light sensors, the Touch Pro2 is optimised for touch as well as heavy email use.

The new Touch Pro2 distributed by SIT Distribution in the UAE, will be available through all the major retailers at a retail price of AED 3299 (USD 899) by the first week of July 2009.

Key HTC Touch PRO2 specifications:

Operating System:      Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
Processor:       Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz
Memory:       ROM: 512 MB;RAM: 288 MB; microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
Dimensions (LxWxT):       116 X 59.2 X 17.25 mm (4.57 X 2.33 X 0.68 inches)
Display:       3.6-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with WVGA, resolution Adjustable tilt screen
Network:

HSPA/WCDMA 900/2100 MHz, Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds
Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent)
Device Control:       TouchFLO™ 3D; Zoom bar
Keyboard:       Slide-out 5-row QWERTY keyboard
GPS:       Internal GPS antenna
Connectivity:       Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g; HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 Audio jack & TV Out*  in one)
Camera:       Main camera: 3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus
Second camera: VGA CMOS color camera
Battery:       Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery with 1500 mAh capacity
Special Features:       G-Sensor, Straight Talk™, Auto speakerphone ON when facing down the device, Noise-cancelling dual microphones and speakers

*HTC TV Out cable needed.
Note: Specifications are subject to change without prior notice