Verizon has just released the XV6900, a Windows Mobile smartphone based on the very successful HTC Touch design.
It has a tablet shape with minimal buttons, instead emphasizing its touchscreen. It offers a customized launcher called TouchFLO, designed by HTC to make the device easy to use with fingers instead of a stylus.
This device supports Verizon's 3G network, which it calls BroadbandAccess. It also has Bluetooth.
The XV6900 runs Windows Mobile 6 Professional, and comes with a suite of applications for handling Internet-based tasks like web browsing and email. Other applications include Microsoft Office Mobile for editing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, and Adobe Reader for viewing PDF files.
Other features include a 128 MB RAM/256 MB ROM, 2.0 megapixel camera, and a microSDHC card slot.
Verizon says its its standard 1100 mAh battery gives to 3.5 hours of use or 10 days of stand-by time. Its extended 1880 mAh battery gives 6 hours of use or 17 days of stand-by time.
Physically, the XV6900 is 4.0 inches tall, 2.4 inches wide, and 0.6 inches thick. It weighs 4.0 ounces.
The Verizon XV6900 is available now $300 with a two-year contract and online discount.
As mentioned earlier, this is a version of the extremely popular HTC Touch, which is already available from Sprint and Alltel in the U.S., as well as a number of wireless carriers around the world.