The HTC Touch Diamond is no longer just a rumor; the successor to the original HTC Touch has been officially unveiled at an event in London.
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This confirmed the earlier reports on this Windows Mobile smartphone, which seems calculated to go head-to-head with the iPhone.
Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC Corp says, “Today we mark a new era in mobile phone evolution, an era where beauty and size integrate with uncompromising innovation at broadband speed. The HTC Touch Diamond will make browsing the Web and using Web-enabled applications just as practical and easy to use as making calls.”
More About the HTC Touch Diamond
This smartphone will an upgraded version of the very popular HTC Touch, and like its predecessor it won’t have a hardware keyboard but instead be focused on its touchscreen.
It will run Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, but include an updated version of HTC’s overlay for this operating system that makes the device easier to control with a fingertip, rather than a stylus. Called TouchFLO 3D, this will provide animated access to contacts, email, photos, music, weather and more.
HTC will also add a web browser it has developed that’s based on Opera. This has been modified to be easier to use one handed, and (like the iPhone) rotating the device will turn the display from portrait to landscape mode.
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A special version of YouTube will be included, and version of Google Maps will work with this smartphone’s GPS receiver.
The Diamond will have a VGA display, which is a much higher resolution than its predecessor (or the iPhone), and a better 3.2-megapixel camera as well.
It will have 4 GB of internal storage, but not a memory card slot.
Despite the extra features, the upcoming model will be slimmer than its predecessor. Overall it will be 3.9 inches tall, 2.0 inches wide, and 0.42 inches thick (99mm x 51mm × 10.7mm).
HTC unveiled the tri-band GSM version today with UMTS/HSDPA, but its expected there will eventually be quad-band and CDMA versions with 3G too, and many of these will include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0.
Coming this Summer
The HTC Touch Diamond will be available from all major European carriers in June. It will be available later this quarter in Asia and the Middle East.
HTC is somewhat vague about when it will be available in N. America and Latin America, only saying that it will be released in these regions in the second half of the year.
Between five and ten wireless carriers around the world have reportedly already placed orders for this smartphone, and analysts predict 4 million of them will eventually be sold.
This will build on the strength of the original Touch, of which HTC has sold 3 million so far.
- Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
- 528 MHz Qualcomm processor
- 192 MB SDRAM, 256 MB ROM, 4 GB internal storage
- 2.8-inch touchscreen with VGA resolution
- GPS and A-GPS ready
- Tri-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (900/1800/1900 MHz) HSDPA (900/2100 MHz)
- Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 b/g), Bluetooth 2.0 with EDR
- 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus, VGA videoconferencing camera
- FM radio
- 3.9 inches by 2.0 inches by 0.42 inches (99mm x 51mm × 10.7mm)
- 900 mAh Battery