The FCC has has given AT&T permission to release a version of the HTC Touch Diamond2, providing virtual confirmation that this wireless carrier will be offering this Windows phone.
AT&T passed on this model’s predecessors, the original HTC Touch and the Touch Diamond, so it’s somewhat surprising it’s picking up the latest model.
Still, the evidence is clear. A version of the Touch Diamond2 for AT&T appeared on a roadmap of upcoming HTC devices that leaked out early this year. This was code-named the Topaz, and the HTC model that the FCC recently approved has the name “Topa210” and includes the frequencies used by AT&T.
An Overview of the HTC Touch Diamond2
The focus of the design of this smartphone is its 3.2-inch, WVGA (800 by 480 pixel) touchscreen, a jump up from the VGA screen on the previous model. Below these is a new touch-sensitive zoom bar.
The Diamond2 uses a new version of HTC’s TouchFLO 3D user interface, which has been more deeply integrated into Windows Mobile 6.1 to deliver more consistency throughout applications and menus. Focused on making navigation easier with a fingertip, TouchFLO 3D offers quicker access to contacts, messaging, email, photos, music, and weather than Microsoft’s standard UI.
An upgrade to Windows Mobile 6.5 is considered a virtual certainty for this device.
The hardware at the heart of this smartphone is near the high end: a 528 MHz processor from Qualcomm and 288 MB of RAM. Unlike its predecessor, which chose 8 GB of built-in storage over a removable memory card, the new model has a microSD slot, giving it potentially much greater storage capacity.
AT&T’s version will be a GSM phone with support for this carrier’s 3G mobile broadband service. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will also be included.
This is a relatively small device: 4.25 inches tall, 2.1 inches wide, and 0.5 inches thick. It weighs 4.15 ounces with battery.
Availability & Pricing: Unknown
When AT&T plans to launch the Touch Diamond2 is unknown, and the price it will charge is equally unknown.
However, the fact that it has received FCC approval means the debut isn’t too far away, though it could still be a few months in the future.