HTC has followed up the launch of the Touch Diamond with the HTC Touch Pro that is essentially a version of the recently launched fully-featured smartphone with a sliding QWERTY keyboard.

Known by the codename Raphael, and also launched as the T-Mobile MDA Vario IV, the Touch Pro runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and offers a 2.8-inch display with a 3D touch interface called TouchFLO 3D that claims one touch navigation through common tasks like messaging, calendar appointments or making calls.

Music, photos, contacts and surfing the web are also responsive to touch and users can zoom and pan websites with one-hand while turning the device sideways automatically rotates the web page view from a portrait to landscape view.

Offering up to 7.2Mbps HSDPA wireless connectivity, the Touch Pro has an HTC-developed YouTube application and Google Maps for mobile for mapping and traffic data.

The five-row Qwerty keyboard layout claims to makes typing-intensive tasks like composing email or working on Microsoft Office documents quick and easy.

Also on the productivty side of things, built-in TV-out functionality means users can deliver a PowerPoint presentation from the HTC Touch Pro, should they be so inclined.

Other specs of note include a 3.2-megapixel camera with auto focus and video calling, 512MB flash memory, 288MB RAM, microSD memory card slot, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, GPS, AGPS, USB, and up to 8 hours talk time.

The HTC Touch Pro will be available across all major European, Asian and the Middle East markets in late summer with North American and Latin American versions of Touch Pro due later in 2008.