The latest release from HTC is a shiny black touchscreen phone with a diamond faceted back, leading to the moniker “Touch Diamond.” It features a high-definition touchscreen, 3D software, 3.2 megapixel camera and a fast mobile broadband. It is the latest in its series of Touch smartphones featuring 3G.

HTC has managed to pull wool over Apple’s eyes quite easily considering that last year it had launched ahead of Apple’s iPhone and now beating Apple to unveil a 3G model in the smartphone range. Apple’s 3G iPhone is expected in the next few months. HTC currently ranks fifth among the smart phone manufacturers.

The Touch Diamond is a tad smaller than the iPhone with dimensions of 102mm × 51mm × 11.33mm and includes a circular navigation wheel to help users through its menus. It features a 528MHz CPU which runs on a Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system. The Touch Diamond works on WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) networks and offers data rates up to 7.2Mbps using HSPA (High Speed Packet Access). It also features Wi-Fi connectivity (802.11b/g for wireless Internet access) and a glass screen with about four times better resolution than HTC’s previous Touch phones. It currently offers a resolution of 2.8-inch, 640 pixel × 480 pixel. The 3.2 mp camera supports auto focus and video calling.

It also contains goody features such as the specialized versions of YouTube and Google Maps. One can flip through photos on the phone in a kind of 3D effect, thanks to the upgraded TouchFlo software. TouchFLO 3D provides animated access to people, messaging, email, photos, music, weather and more. Built-in sensors automatically rotate the phone’s screen based on the user’s grip. The phone features customized Opera browser software as well. Turning the device sideways automatically rotates the web page view from a portrait to landscape view. Advanced wireless and auto sensor screen pivoting are a nice touch. It uses a 900mAh battery and boasts of a talk time of up to 4 hours and standby time well over 300 hours.

The only sore point in otherwise a great phone is its storage capacity. Touch Diamond boasts of only 4GB (256 MB flash and 192 MB RAM) memory when compared to the iPhone’s 8GB or 16GB. It also lacks a dedicated point for headphone jack just like the Motorola Razr.

Here’s a summary of its features:

· Size: 102 x 51 x 11.33mm
· Weight: 110 g
· Connectivity: WCDMA / HSPA: 900/2100MHz. HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA
· Operating system: Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional
· Display: 2.8-inch VGA touch screen
· Camera: 3.2MP, with video calling
· Internal memory: 4 GB Internal Storage, 256 MB flash, 192 MB RAM,
· Bluetooth: 2.0 with EDR
· Wireless: WiFi 802.11b/g
· GPS: GPS/AGPS
· Interface: HTC ExtUSBTM (mini-USB and audio jack in one; USB 2.0 High-Speed)
· Battery: 900 mAh
· Talk time: GSM: up to 4 hours
· Standby time: GSM: up to 300 hours/100 hours with push email
· Chipset: Qualcomm® MSM 7201ATM 528MHz

Source: InfoWorld, Forbes, HTC

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