What better way to start off a new week than with an early review of an unreleased handset from our Russian friends at mobile-review. Maybe it’s a Labor Day present. This week they’ve managed to get their hands on the HTC Touch2, a device that will help kick off the Windows Phone revolution evolution interim solution. Overall the device scored well with good build quality, pocket/palm-friendly dimensions, great performance, solid call quality and good battery life; but it wasn’t all milk and cookies. One of the biggest shortcomings of the Touch2 appears to be the lack of auto-focus for the 3 megapixel camera — mobile-review feels the cam produces shots with bland colors and an extra helping of blur. Also, the navigation buttons proved to be very difficult for those with larger digits. As for how much the Touch2 will cost when it hits shelves starting October 6th, no one is really sure but the latest word is that it will run about $500 unlocked, give or take.
Get a load of the cojones on HTC. Not content to let Nokia have all of the fun today over in Stuttgart, HTC has announced the Touch2. This little sucker will run Windows Mobile 6.5 with HTC’s very own TouchFLO overlay, and it will be one of the first smartphones to take advantage of all of those new fangled features that constitute a Windows Phone. For the time being, HTC is keeping mum with specs but we’ll be sure to let you know just as soon as they land in our inbox — even though we think we know full well what we’re dealing with. The HTC Mega, err, Touch2 will launch in unspecified markets on October 6th.