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OFFICIAL: HTC announces the HTC Touch HD Windows Mobile Professional Smartphone
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 15.09.08 - 18:18:46 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 22565x
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Just recently unveiled, today HTC Corp officially announced the launch of the HTC Touch HD, HTC's latest Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional smartphone, an entertainment focused mobile handset that will transform how people experience multimedia on the move. Integrating a large 3.8" wide-screen VGA display (WVGA), a standard 3.5 mm audio jack and a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, the HTC Touch HD is the perfect device for multimedia fans.
The HTC Touch HD combines high performance capabilities with a stylish, sleek design that has made HTC a global leader in mobile phone design and innovation.

Its large 3.8" WVGA touchscreen offers users stunning clarity and vibrant colors, providing an unrivalled experience when watching movies, browsing the Internet or even scanning through photos taken with the 5 megapixel auto focus camera.

Key Touch HD product specifications:

  • Software/Operating system: HTC TouchFLO 3D with Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
  • Qualcomm® MSM7201a 528 MHz
  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • UMTS/HSPA: 900/2100 MHz up to 7.2 Mbps
  • WiFi 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
  • 3.8" WVGA (480 x 800 WVGA) touchscreen
  • 5.0 megapixel main camera with auto focus/second VGA camera for video telephony
  • 512 MB ROM/288 MB RAM expandable via microSD memory cards (SDHC capable)
  • 115 x 62.8 x 12 mm at 146.4 g

The stylish new device also features HTC's beautiful TouchFLO 3D user interface to provide quick and intuitive access to the people, messages and content that are most important. A standard 3.5 mm headphone jack has also been designed-in, allowing consumers to use high-performance headphones with the device for the best possible sound quality.

"Today, Widescreen TV, Internet and video have become the standard so there is no reason to compromise when you leave the house, the Touch HD delivers that uncompromising multimedia and Internet experience," said Peter Chou, president and CEO HTC Corporation. "We are living in a time where the concept of entertainment has radically changed. The internet is so much more than just email and our customers expect to be able to access the Internet and high quality multimedia content no matter where they are in the world."

The large high resolution, widescreen display combined with download speeds up to 18 times faster than standard 3G, enables the HTC Touch HD to render websites quickly and in full-page width. This provides a comparable Internet experience to that of home broadband in terms of both speed and page layout. This true mobile broadband experience allows users to navigate more easily, leveraging the mobile internet in a variety of ways. For example, browsing to favorite websites, using Google Maps to find a restaurant for lunch, searching for and streaming video from YouTube or even catching up to the minute news, blog posts and video podcasts with the integrated RSS reader, will be more intuitive for consumers familiar with desktop browsing.

The HTC Touch HD has been conceived for both business and consumer users alike, who demand style and performance and do not think the two are mutually exclusive. The HTC Touch HD is the ideal handset for people who are embracing the mobile multimedia shift but who do not wish to forgo quality, simply by being on the move.

The HTC Touch HD will be available across major European carriers in Q4 2008 and be introduced in other global markets shortly following. In Germany, HTC will launch the HTC Touch HD exclusively early November with O2 Germany (neither the O2 product name nor the price was announced today).
HTC's own Touch HD will be available for 659 Euro/SFr. 1.019 (without a contract for sure).

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Counsel on 19.09.08 - 15:16:02

I like the site and the reviews.  In your post about the release of the HTC Touch HD, I was hoping to see information on any accelerated video (3D or not).  I have not seen any information on this data, and I have yet to hear back from HTC (I did leave them a nice e-mail requesting the information).

Do you know of anything about the video rendering on the device?  Is it software-rendering or is there some accerlerated video driven by the ATI hardware?

Thanks again.

Posted by Arne Hess on 20.09.08 - 10:37:53

@Counsel: I've just contacted HTC to confirm that all their phones, which features TouchFLO 3D, have hardware acceleration (both 3d and 2d) using the instructions available on the Qualcomm 7201 chipset. So this applies to Touch Diamond, Pro and now HD.

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