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HTC Touch Diamond

HTC Touch Diamond

19 May 2008
Written by Mike Meers

The Diamond is the latest handset in HTC’s Touch range, sporting a range of exciting features in a stunningly beautiful exterior. The handset has a sophisticated brushed steel frame with a glossy front and faceted edges. Features include a 2.8” TFT LCD, 4GB of internal memory, a GPS module, Windows Mobile 6.1, HSDPA support and heaps more.

The Diamond’s LCD display is a full 2.8 inches, with 640 x 480 pixel resolution. The display is touch-sensitive, and most user interaction with the Diamond will be via the absolutely huge LCD with HTC’s TouchFlo 3D user interface. There’s no official word on how many colours the LCD supports, but rumours suggest only 65,536 – I hope not!

A Qualcomm MSM7210A CPU clocked at 528MHz sits at the core of the HTC Touch Diamond, with the Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS tying everything together. The handset has 256MB of ROM and 192MB of DDR SDRAM to keep things running very smoothly.

Imaging hasn’t been left out of the Diamond, with a 3.2mpx auto focus camera on the back of the handset ready to shoot video or images at the press of a button. With a whopping 4GB of internal memory you can store your entire photo collection! A secondary VGA camera is located on the front of the handset for video calls.

You’ll want to bring the Diamond with you everywhere – and you can as the handset fully supports the HSDPA/WCDMA 900/2100MHz and GSM 900/1800/1900MHz network bands. WCDMA and HSDPA (up to 7.2Mbit/s) protocols are included for packet data access on the 3G bands, with GPRS and EDGE supported on the 2G networks.

For local connectivity all bases have been covered: there’s Bluetooth 2.0 (EDR), USB 2.0, and WiFi (802.11b/g) support.

HTC have packed in an A-GPS module with maps software that allow the handset to provide turn-by-turn directions to any destination.

The Diamond’s 900mAh lithium-ion battery pack will provide the handset with 330/270 minutes (2G/3G) of juice for talk time (145 minutes video talk time) or 285/396 hours (2G/3G) of standby time.

Expect the HTC Touch Diamond to hit Australian markets in late June or early July.

FYI .:. HTC Touch Diamond
(ETA June/July 2008 for Australia)

Basic specifications
Network system 2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz (Europe/Asia)
3G: WCDMA/HSDPA 900/2100MHz (Europe/Asia)
Form factor PDA type with touch-screen
Size 102 x 51 x 11.5mm
Weight 110 grams
Display 2.8", touch-sensitive TFT LCD display @ 640 x 480 pixels
Battery type used Lithium-ion battery @ 900mAh
Talk/usage time* Up to 330 minutes* (2G)
Up to 270 minutes* (3G)
Up to 145 minutes* (video-talk time)
Standby time* Up to 285 hours* (2G)
3G: Up to 396 hours* (3G)
Accompanying features
Connectivity options Bluetooth version 2.0 (EDR) and USB version 2.0 and WiFi (802.11b/g)
Camera support 3.2mpx auto-focus camera with video recording support, additional VGA camera for video calling
Data support EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA (7.2Mbit/s) and WCDMA
Exchangeable covers None
Internet applications Internet Explorer Mobile
  Internal -
  External -
Yes, 4GB
Messaging capabilities SMS, MMS, and e-mail with T9 predictive text
Ringing tones Polyphonic MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV and AMR-NB
Synchronisation with PC Yes, via PC
System for...
  Add-on applications -
  Gaming -
  Phone -
Java MIDP 2.0
Java MIDP 2.0
Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
Extras supported
(not listed above)
FM stereo radio with RDS
Qualcomm MSM7210A 528MHz CPU
Built-in GPS with AGPS
TouchFLO 3D

* As per manufacturer's specifications (with supplied battery)
^ Final specifications to be confirmed

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