Telstra debuts the HTC HD2 smartphone

Large touchscreen and Next G connectivity available exclusively with Telstra until end of March

HTC's HD2 smartphone is initially exclusive to Telstra in Australia.

HTC's HD2 smartphone is initially exclusive to Telstra in Australia.

Microsoft has teamed up with HTC and Telstra to launch a new Windows HD2 touchscreen phone.

The phone’s most prominent feature, its high resolution 4.3-inch touch display, enables users to view, zoom, and resize websites, Microsoft Office files, PDF documents and pictures by pinching your fingers.

Sales and marketing director of HTC Australia, Anthony Petts, described the phone as one of the most advanced phones HTC has created, saying it will enable faster, more efficient and accurate typing using its on-screen keyboard.

The phone also features a 5 megapixle camera, high definition screen, Twitter and Facebook applications, localised animated weather experience and exclusive BigPond content and Mobile Foxtel through Telstra’s Next G Network.

The devices uses Qualcomm’s new 1GHz Snapdragon mobile processor.

“With a processor that makes the HD2 almost twice as powerful as smartphones released just last year, customers can run popular apps like email, games and Windows applications faster and, importantly, simultaneously,” executive director of Telstra wireless, applications and services, Ross Fielding, said.

The phone is equipped with HTC Sense, which includes a proximity sensor that prevents false screen touches when the phone is picked up to answer or make a call. The inbuilt light sensor adjusts the brightness of the display.

The HTC HD2 can be used as a Wi-Fi router for laptops or other devices using Telstra 3G broadband.

Microsoft has also come to the party with its new My Phone service which automatically backs up and synchronises photos, music, contacts and text messages for free from the HD2 to the web.

The HD2 will be available exclusively to Telstra until March 30. The handset will cost $829 outright or free on an $80 Telstra phone plan over 24 months.

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