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HTC Touch II

HTC Touch II

08 November 2007
Written by Mike Meers

The HTC Touch II is an “upgrade” of the original HTC Touch released in Australia earlier this year. I’ve put upgrade in inverted commas because the Touch II is identical to the original Touch, except for an upgrade of the onboard RAM and ROM. All other features remain the same: 65,536 colour touch-screen LCD, Windows Mobile 6.0 operating system, tri-band 2G connectivity, 2mpx digital camera, and microSD memory card support.

The Touch II uses HTC’s TouchFLO technology which allows you swipe your finger across the screen for various functions. The LCD itself is a 2.8” TFT panel, with 240 x 320 pixel resolution and support for only 65,536 colours. I personally would have liked to have seen the display upgraded to 262,144 colours.

Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional is loaded on the HTC Touch II, offering the latest in Windows Mobile technology. The handset is powered by a TI OMAP 850 processor, clocked at 201MHz. One of the major criticisms of the Touch was that it was too slow, but this may change with HTC upgrading the RAM and ROM on the Touch II. The Touch II now has 256MB of ROM and 128MB of SDRAM, compared to the Touch’s 64MB of RAM and 128MB of ROM.

A 2mpx digital camera can be found on the back of the Touch II with support for video capture. Other multimedia feature include Windows Media Player Mobile 10, a built-in 3-way speaker, and Bluetooth 2.0 support with support for stereo audio (A2DP). Bluetooth, USB and WiFi 802.11b/g connectivity can be used to connect the Touch II with other local devices.

In terms of long-range connectivity, the Touch II offers GSM 900, 1800, and 1900MHz compatibility. GPRS and EDGE can be used for packet data access over any of those 2G network bands.

The Touch II has the same battery as the original Touch, a 1100mAh lithium-ion pack. Up to 200 hours of standby and 5 hours of talk time is estimated by HTC.

The Touch II will be available shortly on Vodafone and Optus, or outright for $699.

FYI .:. HTC Touch II
(ETA 4th quarter 2007)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz
Form factor PDA
Size 99.9 x 58 x 13.9 mm
Weight 112 grams
Display 2.8”, 65,536 colours TFT LCD @ 240 x 320 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ 1100mAh
Talk/usage time* 2G & 3G: Up to 300 minutes*
Standby time* 2G & 3G: Up to 200 hours*
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0 and WiFi 802.11/g
Camera support 2mpx digital camera with video capture support
Data support GPRS, and EDGE
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 256MB ROM & 128MB SDRAM
Yes, microSD (SD 2.0 supported)
Messaging capabilities SMS/EMS, MMS, and e-mail
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI MP3, AAC, eAAC+, WAV, AMR and WMA (Windows Mobile 10 Mobile)
Synchronisation with PC Yes
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional with TouchFLO
Extras supported
(not listed above)
Upgraded RAM and ROM from original HTC Touch
3-in-1 speaker

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed

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