While the wait for Apple’s iPhone continues, Taiwan-based High Technology Corporation (HTC), announced the release of HTC Touch mobile phone based on the innovative TouchFLO technology.

Excerpt from an article at vnunet.com

Peter Chou, chief executive and president of HTC, said: “With the HTC Touch access to your most commonly used content, contacts and features is only a simple finger flick away. Mobile phone makers have done a great job of cramming ever-more exciting features into ever-smaller phones. But the way in which we access these increasingly sophisticated features has not kept pace.” Comparing it with a piece of virtual paper, Chou described the interface as “beyond simple – it’s innate”.

The company, which is also the largest makers of mobiles based on Microsoft’s Windows OS, is debuting the new mobile offering with the following features:

  • Operating System: Windows Mobile 6
  • Hardware Configuration: 201 MHz processor, 64MB of RAM, 128MB ROM
  • Form Factor: 3.93- by 2.28- by 0.55-inch
  • Display: 320-by-240, 65K-color screen
  • Weight: 112 grams (3.95 ounces)
  • Memory: 1GB microSD card
  • Camera: 2 Megapixel
  • Connectivity: tri-band (supports GSM, GPRS, EDGE), Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi and 802.11 b/g
  • Eye catchers:
    • TouchFLO, finger-sweep technology, designed to distinguish between finger and stylus input
    • One-touch access to e-mails, text messages, calendar appointments and contacts via an animated 3D interface

Further links:

HTC launches iPhone like Windows Phone (PC Magazine)

HTC launches Microsoft-based iPhone rival (IDG News Service)

HTC’s New Phone Provides Touching Experience (technewsworld.com)

Though many in the market tout it as an iPhone competitor, the fact that it is being released first in Europe (as opposed to iPhone’s release first in U.S.) and the timing of the release (the iPhone is expected to arrive at the end of this month), means that HTC is capitalizing on the hype around emerging mobile handsets. Will this new entrant (and many more to come) dampen the appeal for the iPhone? Join the discussion.