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Playboy & Sharper Image HTC Touch Dual SE Xperia X1 Clarity  

HTC had its Touch Dual on hand and we decided to take it for a little bit of a spin.

The Dual will be sold as an unlocked phone at Best Buy retail locations by the end of the second quarter. It will be running Windows Mobile 6.1 out of the box, but will still use HTC's home page rather than the new WinMo 6.1 home page.

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The UI really is exactly like the existing version of the Touch. It has the same 3D cube that you can manipulate by swiping your finger up and down, and back and forth on the screen. This cube offers relatively quick access to some of the phone's features, such as Windows Media Player and so on.

As for the hardware, it is a bit thicker to accommodate the sliding form factor. The slider mechanism felt great, nice and solid. The Dual has a 20-key keypad rather than a 12-key keypad. This means two letters per button rather than three. It uses predictive software to help you punch out messages in short order. The keypad is nearly identical to the one used on the HTC Shadow. The keys felt and looked similar.

In all, with its quad-band GSM/EDGE, and dual-band HSDPA radios, it will be fully equipped to tackle any browsing and wireless data needs you might have.

We were able to shoot some video during our time with the Touch Dual.

Here it is:

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