Bellevue, Wash. - T-Mobile will expand its selection of HTC-made smartphones with the nationwide Aug. 12 launch of HTC's Touch Pro 2, an upgraded version of HTC's Touch Pro.
Other HTC-made phones offered by the carrier include the Dash and Dash 3G, Shadow, Android-based G1, and on Aug. 5, the Android-based myTouch.
T-Mobile didn't disclose pricing of the Touch Pro 2, a 3G phone equipped with slide-out QWERTY keyboard and tilting touchscreen. The carrier did say it plans to sell the device in mid-August through T-Mobile retail stores, select authorized dealers and T-Mobile's Web site.
Earlier this year, HTC disclosed to TWICE that its Touch Pro 2 would be available this summer in the U.S. but didn't disclose the carrier. T-Mobile will be the first U.S. carrier to get the device.
The 3G phone, based on the Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS, is an upgraded version of the 3G Touch Pro available through CDMA carriers and, under the Fuze name, carrier AT&T. Enhancements include a larger touchscreen, faster Web page loading, sorting of previous communications by person, and an improved 3-D motion user interface.
Both Touch Pro models feature slide-out QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen with swiping 3-D user interface, but the Pro 2 features a larger 3.6-inch WVGA screen vs. the Pro's 2.8-inch VGA display. Their screens slide back and tilt up to reveal a full-QWERTY keyboard enabling both devices to be used in landscape mode like a mini laptop.
Another upgrade is a people-centric viewing history of conversations, sorting all communications - including voice, SMS and email -- by person. The Pro2 will be HTC's first U.S.-market phone with the technology.
The Touch Pro 2 will also be the first U.S.-market HTC phone with Straight Talk technology, which lets users initiate calls and conference calls directly from an email's "from, to and cc" lists. Users then flip the phone over to automatically activate a speakerphone with high fidelity delivered by asymmetric speakers, noise suppression, and full-duplex acoustics.
Other features appearing for the first time in a U.S. market HTC phone include zero-waiting Push Internet, which accelerates Web page rendering and lets users preselect favorite sites for immediate access.
Another U.S.-market first will be an enhanced version of the company's TouchFLO 3D motion user interface, which delivers 3-D touch access to applications and to functions within those applications. The upgraded version will be more deeply integrated into a customized version of Windows Mobile 6.1 to deliver more consistency among Windows Mobile applications and menus. It also makes navigation easier by bringing the most important information to the top level of the user interface, enabling quick access to people, messaging, email, photos, music and weather.
T-Mobile is expanding its 1.7/2.1GHz 3G network to cover about 200 million people by the end of the year. At the end of 2008, 3G was available to more than 100 million people in more than 130 U.S. cities, the carrier said.