HTC Touch Viva launched in the Middle East, priced at $354

HTC Touch Viva, the handset unveiled at the same time with Touch HD and Touch 3G, was in the spotlight this week-end in Dubai. HTC announced the smartphone’s launch in the Middle East, with the United Arab Emirates being the first country to have it.    

Back in September, there were no pricing details, for any of the three new HTCs. Well, now the Taiwanese producer has confirmed that Touch Viva is a really affordable smartphone. Starting this month, the device will be on sale through all major retailers in the Middle East, for an estimated retail price of $354 (that’s AED 1299 for the UAE).

There aren’t many new Windows Mobile devices to cost less than $400, so HTC Touch Viva, which runs on the latest WM 6.1, could be seen by many as an affordable way to get the business features included in Microsoft’s mobile OS.  


The specs that Touch Viva comes with include:

  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE connectivity, 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
  • 2.8 inch touchscreen display, 240 x 320 pixels
  • TouchFlo user interface
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
  • 2 MP camera
  • HTC ExtUSB
  • 256MB flash and 128MB RAM
  • MicroSD card support
  • TI OMAP 850 chipset at 201 MHz
  • Talk-time: up to 480 minutes; stand-by time: up to 270 hours
  • 110 grams and 104.5 x 59 x 15.75 mm

Modest specs for a modest device, but with the $345 price tag I don’t think there’ll be too many users to complain about this.

So, now that the price of Touch Viva is known, let’s see how much the Touch HD and Touch 3G will cost. I sense the HD will be at least twice more expensive than Viva.    


Author: Ilinca Nita

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