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Flashback to 2009 with the HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC Touch Diamond2

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In 2008, the HTC Touch Pro and HTC Touch Diamond were two very successful handsets launched by HTC. Powered by Windows Mobile 6.1, both featured a 2.8-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480 x 640. Both models came with an Opera browser and a YouTube client. The difference between the two handsets was the physical QWERTY found on the Touch Pro. 

By February 2009, HTC introduced sequels for both phones. The HTC Touch Pro2 offered a spectacular physical slide-out QWERTY that was certainly one of the best on a smartphone at the time. A 3.6-inch screen was on the handset, with a 480 x 800 resolution. A single-core 528MHz CPU was under the hood with 288MB of RAM and 512MB of flash storage. A 3.2MP camera was on back and a 1500mAh battery kept the lights on. Windows Professional 6.1 was installed.

The HTC Touch Diamond2 did away with the beveled back that gave the OG Touch Diamond its name. A bit different than its sibling, the Touch Diamond2 had a smaller 3.2-inch screen. This model had a 5MP rear camera, and a smaller capacity 1100mAh battery. The remaining specs were basically the same as the ones found on the Touch Pro2.

Designed for the enterprise, the Touch Pro2 offered HTC's enhanced speakerphone service called Straight Talk which turned on automatically when the phone was placed face down on a flat surface. The feature had multiple microphones and speakers. In addition, the Touch Pro2 could be used like a mini lap top thanks to a tiltable screen. In fact, this is why the AT&T version of the phone was given the HTC Tilt 2 name.

Both phones were launched in May 2009, and for a brief period they were extremely popular. We gave both phones a "9" with our reviews. But less than half a year later, the Motorola DROID was launched and Windows Mobile's days were numbered.

HTC Touch Pro2 Review
HTC Touch Diamond2 Review

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HTC Touch Pro2 US specs
  • OS Windows Mobile Professional 6.1
  • Display 3.6 inches 800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 3.2 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm MSM7200A 0.3GB RAM
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh
HTC Touch Diamond2 specs
  • Display 3.2 inches 800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm MSM7200A 0.3GB RAM
  • Storage , microSDHC
  • Battery 1100 mAh
  • OS Windows Mobile Professional 6.1

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