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HTC Touch Dual handset

HTC (Hi-Tech Computer) is launching a 3.5G version of the HTC Touch – the handset cited by many as the strongest contender to Apple’s iPhone due to its user-friendly icon-based navigation and TouchFLO mode of flicking between screens using gestures.

The touch-sensitive handset not only gains faster wireless connectivity, but also gains a slide-out keypad. HTC claims users will be able to to zoom in to and rotate photos on the Touch Dual one-handed – a feature also supported by Apple’s iPhone. Users will also be able to view photo slideshows.

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“The HTC Touch Dual expands the HTC Touch product family and integrates 3.5G connectivity and a sliding keyboard into a slim and stylish design. This combination provides customers with the most uncompromising and intuitive touch experience available on a phone,” said Peter Chou, chief executive officer of HTC.

As well as the HTC Touch Dual, there will be a new arctic silver version of the original HTC Touch. When it launched in the UK this June, the HTC Touch was available in any colour as long as it was black.

Key specifications of the HTC Touch Dual will be a 12 or 20-button keypad, HSDPA connectivity, Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional, 2.6in QVGA touchscreen, 256MB flash memory, a 400MHz processor, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0, headphone jack and a microSD card slot.

The HTC Touch Dual will weigh 120g, measure 55x16x107mm and have a talk time of 4-6 hours and a standby time of 150 to 250 hours depending on GSM or WCDMA use.

It will launch across Europe on the Orange network later this month.

HTC Touch smartphone

HTC Touch smartphone

HTC Touch smartphone

HTC Touch smartphone

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