By Martin Vedris

SYDNEY: The new Touch 3G phone from HTC, launched this week, introduces the new TouchFLO 2D, which is HTC’s new touch-optimised firmware interface utilising Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional.

“The HTC Touch 3G embodies our commitment to build a family of touch phones that are powerful and stylish but also offer something to everyone,” said HTC Corporation sales and marketing director ANZ, Anthony Petts.

“Whether you’re a professional or a student you can now get an HTC touch phone with a beautiful touch user experience.”

Designed for internet browsing, users can zoom and pan websites with one hand. HTC says this differentiates its phones from other touch screen phones because it makes it easier to access and use applications as well as view and re-size images, make calls, etc.

This phone also ushers in a new version of the Touch, TouchFLO 2D user interface and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. It means that users can synchronise their calendar, contacts and emails with their Windows-operating personal computer.

Also launched this week was a new version of the HTC Touch with TouchFLO 2D. For existing Touch series II users, a firmware upgrade for TouchFLO 2D will be made available from the HTC website.

Both new phones are available now from authorised Brightpoint mobile phone retailers and dealers. The Touch 3G has an RRP of $799 and the Touch has an RRP of $599.