Yesterday the news hit the market that Windows Phones (running Windows Mobile 6.5) will hit the market in less that five weeks. Today HTC has announced the HTC Touch2 with Windows Mobile 6.5 pre-loaded on the device, together with the additional service Windows Marketplace for Mobile and Microsoft MyPhone.
HTC Touch2 overview
“The HTC Touch2 ensures that everything is at your fingertips in a compact design that fits comfortably in your hand. An advanced smartphone with everything you expect and more, the HTC Touch2 includes a variety of HTC enhancements including TouchFLO, an enhanced user interface that includes integrated weather updates and quick touch access to a variety of the most popular applications. In addition, the Touch2 includes Google Maps for Mobile, YouTube and more.”
Probably you would expect the HTC Touch2 to be a pretty basic (non-flagship) phone, but if you have a detailed look at the HTC Touch2 specification list you need to admit that it is a powerfull device. It certainly has similiar hardware as the HTC Touch Diamond2 and the HTC Touch Pro2. Great to see a 3.5 mm headphone jack implemented, to listen to your multimedia.
Looking at the pictures you may notice the next itteration of the TouchFLO interface. The influences from the HTC Sense interface -announced on the Google Android powered HTC Hero- can clearly be seen. Together with Windows Mobile 6.5, Internet Explorer 6 for Mobile, Microsoft MyPhone and Windows Marketplace for Mobile the HTC Touch2 is a very complete but compact Windows Phone.
Availability and pricing
“The HTC Touch2 will initially be available to customers on October 6 with broad availability in a variety of European and Asian markets in early Q4 2009.”
According to the local HTC Touch2 press release the pricepoint will be E299,- without a subscription. This pricepoint positions the HTC Touch2 in the range of the HTC Snap, so a good choice for people who want a HTC “touch” experience or don’t have the need for a keyboard.
I’m really curious if the HTC Touch2 will have an impact on the market that is as large as the original HTC Touch, which passed the 2 million sold units mark “easily”. Is this just a basic device, or is it more advanced, what are your thoughts ??