Taiwanese manufacturer HTC today launched three new smartphone handsets in Australia, with two exclusively bound for Telstra and one to Optus.
All three smartphones run Windows Mobile 6.1, though two of them — the Diamond and the Pro — also include HTC's TouchFlo 3D user interface. The Snap is aimed at a lower-cost business market, still benefiting from ActivSync communication with MS Exchange servers, but without some of the extras included in the higher-end Diamond and Pro. The Snap sports a BlackBerry-like form factor with a full-QWERTY keyboard below its display and a centre jogwheel for navigating menus.
The Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2 are both touchscreen devices, with the Touch Pro also making use of a full-QWERTY keyboard hidden under a sliding mechanism. Reminiscent of the, the sliding screen on the Touch Pro 2 tilts to a 45-degree angle once opened, helping make the screen more visible when typing. The Diamond 2 builds on the success of the original HTC Touch Diamond released last year, improving on the former's lacklustre processing performance and making use of a larger WVGA display.
All three handsets will be launched in Australia throughout July. The Snap and Touch Pro 2 will be short-term Telstra exclusives, with Optus enjoying a similar exclusive period for the Touch Diamond 2. Pricing will be announced by the carriers closer to launch.