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VIDEOVIEW: HTC Touch Pro Hardware Hands-on
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 28.07.08 - 15:23:50 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 60850x
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Not yet released but soon available, this videoview shows you the hardware highlights of the upcoming HTC Touch Pro Windows Mobile Professional smartphone, previously known as HTC Raphael. The HTC Touch Pro is the perfect extension to HTC's earlier released HTC Touch Diamond and basically, both devices features the same specifications except that the Touch Pro will have a slide-out keyboard but lacks the 4 GB inbuilt flash memory. However, both devices run on Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional, and the HTC Touch Pro also supports quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE but also dualband UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA (900/2100 MHz) up to 7.2 Mbps for HSDPA and 2 Mbps for HSUPA. Other features include Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, WiFi b/g, an inbuilt GPS receiver as well as an FM radio.

Except the thickness, which comes from the slide-out keyboard as well as a thicker (and therefore more powerful) battery, the HTC Touch Pro and HTC Touch Diamond look quite similar while the HTC Touch Pro has rounder corners. Other then that, the HTC Touch Pro has the same navigation panel bellow the screen as well as features the same VGA camera on the front:

Slightly different is the backside. While the HTC Touch Pro will features the same diamond shaped battery cover, it's now more a kind of soft-touch finishing, unlike the HTC Touch Diamonds glossy black battery cover. And while both devices have the same 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, the HTC Touch Pro has a supporting photo light which is a white LED. Last but not least, the HTC Touch Pro will come with 288 MB of RAM and 512 MB of ROM but will not feature an additional flash memory. Therefore the HTC Touch Pro memory can be expanded with microSD memory cards.

Cheers ~ Arne


 
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Posted by Kinara on 28.07.08 - 16:19:03

Arne,

Great Review! Thanx I love this site!

When do you think this will be launched? Also are 32GB microSD cards available?

I can't wait for you to do a software review, like applications and operation of the phone in general.

Thanx again

Kinara smile

Posted by REem on 28.07.08 - 16:37:58

Is it true that the mini-usb supports VGA-out to a beamer ?

Posted by Arne Hess on 28.07.08 - 16:49:13

@Kinara: Thanks a lot, I'm currently working on the video. Please expect it tomorrow.

@REem: Yes, it's true as you can see on this photo. :-) And yes, I was able to test it and connected the O2 Xda diamond pro (which is O2 Germany's version of the HTC Touch Pro) to a LCD monitor.

Posted by Kinara on 28.07.08 - 17:31:30

Arne,

1. When do you think this will be launched?
2. Also are 32GB microSD cards available?
3. Also does the Touch Pro come with a Navigation software? I remember the TYTN II came with TomTom.

Also Please do an extended Hands On review of the Touch Pro smile

Thanx again smile

Kinara

Posted by Arne Hess on 28.07.08 - 18:54:58

@Kinara: As far as I know, the Touch Pro should be launched any time next month.
And no, 32 GB microSD cards are not yet available but already announced.
No word yet if any navigation software is included but I have my doubts. The Touch Diamond also came without navigation software.

Posted by SAP on 28.07.08 - 20:21:58

Nice... but why didn't you turn it on and showed us a bit of the PRO touchflo features in combination with the keyboard...

XD

Does it feel very think in the hand? Or "ok" for a cell phone?

Posted by Martymart on 28.07.08 - 23:02:40

I would love to have a look on the interface side... remote desktop... using the external keyboard or the soft keyboard... smile

Posted by baaar0n on 29.07.08 - 10:54:49

could u please shot another video when the device is powered on? touchflow3d, etc...

regards

Posted by NLS2 on 29.07.08 - 15:42:40

Arne is a video with the device actually working coming up?

Any pics?
Esp. of firmware versions, ROM/RAM available and such.

Posted by Kinara on 29.07.08 - 15:42:50

Arne....... Anxiously Waiting for the Software Hanads-on Review Video of my beloved HTC Touch Diamond PRO :~( <-- Crying

Thanx

Kinara smile

Posted by Arne Hess on 29.07.08 - 17:20:18

@ALL: The software and GUI hands-on videoview is now online as well; enjoy. :-)

Posted by vv on 30.07.08 - 02:08:24

you need to light your videos better- stark white background on a (primarily) black phone makes it difficult to see any of the details. The side profile shots of the phone is a clear example of lighting requirements.

Posted by NLS on 30.07.08 - 08:52:56

I have to say I agree (I wanted to post the same thing).

Posted by 235 on 01.08.08 - 05:59:16

Notice in the video that on the keyboard the letters "Z" and "Y" are in oppsoing spots. I dont know if its because its a diff. version or something? Just something i caught while watching the video

Posted by DonnnyD on 01.08.08 - 06:31:53

@Arne  Hello,

I have two questions.  The first is the "wide photo/foto LED" What is that and what does it do.  Also, I noticed a hole that resembles a reset button on the bottom, is that what it is?

Thank you so much for answering our questions!

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