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Another iPhone clone? Smart phones get free ride on hype

Posted: 07 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Smart phones stormed the market that could match Apple's iPhone

A few weeks before the iPhone's anticipated debut, a slew of smart phones stormed the market with features that could match the much-touted device that took Apple Inc. two years to develop.

Sun Microsystems last month unveiled a Java-run cellphone prototype that closely resembled the gadget Steve Jobs held at January's MacWorld Expo. Two weeks later, T-Mobile announced the Wing, a Windows Mobile-operated GSM handset, which, like the iPhone, is Wi-Fi-enabled.

This week, the Wing's maker, Taiwan's HTC Corp., unveiled another iPhone challengerthe HTC Touch. Already dubbed in the media as an "iPhone clone," this sleek handset boasts of intuitive touch-screen navigation on its 2.8-inch screen, reminiscent of the iPhone's touch-sensitive 3.5-inch display. But HTC said its version has the intelligence to distinguish between finger and stylus input and to respond accordingly.

The handset is the first to feature TouchFLO, HTC's own touch screen technology. Users simply sweep their finger up the display to launch an animated, three-dimensional interface, which can then be spun by swiping a finger right or left across the display.

"Mobile phone makers have done a great job of cramming ever-more exciting features into ever-smaller phones. But the way in which one accesses these increasingly sophisticated features has not kept pace. That ends today with the HTC Touch," said HTC CEO Peter Chou.

Both HTC Touch and the iPhone run on GSM networks and carry Wi-Fi connectivity. Neither has 3G capabilities. Like other HTC handsets, the Touch is based on MS Windows Mobile. It weighs 112g with battery and supports up to 5hrs talk time on a single charge. It has a 2Mpixel CMOS camera and comes bundled with a 1Gbyte microSD card.

HTC Touch is currently available in the United Kingdom and will be released in Asia and the rest of Europe later this month. The North and Latin American versions of the handset will be available in 2H 2007.

- Christine Telesforo
EE Times-Asia

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