The HTC Touch Diamond is starting to hit store shelves in Europe. People in the United States who can’t wait to get their hands on this device can purchase the European version now.
This hotly-anticipated smartphone is available to U.S. consumers at the grey-market retailer Dynamism for $750.
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Earlier this week, the CompUSA and TigerDirect were offering this model, but are no longer doing so.
Tri-Band Not Quad-Band
Anyone in the U.S. considering picking up the Diamond should be aware that this is a tri-band GSM phone that does not offer the frequencies used for 3G wireless networking in this country.
This means that while those who have service through a GSM carrier like AT&T and T-Mobile can get voice and 2.5G data service, this model is not be able to connect to 3G networks.
Later this year, the Diamond will be officially released in the United States, and this version will offer full support for the wireless frequencies used in N. America.
More about the HTC Touch Diamond
This smartphone is an upgraded version of the very popular HTC Touch, and like its predecessor it doesn’t have a hardware keyboard but instead is focused on its touchscreen. It seems calculated to go head-to-head with the iPhone.
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It runs Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1 Pro, but includes 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 provides animated access to contacts, email, photos, music, weather and more.
HTC has also added a web browser 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.
A special version of YouTube is included, and Google Maps will work with this smartphone’s GPS receiver.
The Diamond has 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 has 4 GB of internal storage, but not a memory card slot.
U.S. users can’t use this device’s 3G (UMTS/HSDPA) support, but they can take advantage of its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Despite the extra features, the upcoming model is slimmer than its predecessor. Overall it is 3.9 inches tall, 2.0 inches wide, and 0.42 inches thick (99mm x 51mm × 10.7mm).