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Thank you iPhone… here comes Diamond

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iPhone… thank you for the inspiration.

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.

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.

Despite the extra features, the upcoming model will be slimmer. 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.

For more details on the HTC Touch Diamond, click here.

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Written by gooddealz

May 6, 2008 at 6:24 pm

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