HTC announces Touch2 handset


HTC has announced the Touch2, a smartphone that includes Microsoft’s new Windows Phone software.

The full touchscreen phone comes with Windows Mobile 6.5, which includes the ability to synchronise with Microsoft Exchange and enable users to check and manage multiple email accounts. The re-designed Internet Explorer displays desktop-style web pages and includes a zoom bar for re-flowing text to an optimum size, as well as pan and zoom capabilities. Internet Explorer Mobile also supports Adobe Flash to enable Flash Video content like YouTube to be viewed easily.

The Touch2 also includes HTC enhancements including TouchFLO, its own user interface that includes integrated weather updates and quick touch access to a range of applications via the new Windows Maketplace for Mobile. Microsoft’s My Phone service enables users to automatically back up and synch photos, music, contacts and text messages for free from the Touch2 to the web.

HTC chief executive officer Peter Chou said: “The HTC Touch2 delivers a familiar experience that millions of people have come to expect and rely on from HTC in their daily lives. Whether it’s making a call, checking in with a friend or simply responding to an important email, the HTC Touch2 puts you in touch and in control.”

The 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. Network and retailer availability is yet to be announced.