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HTC has finally uncovered the long awaited Raphael and has cristened it as the HTC Touch Pro. This is not the first time we've seen the Touch Pro, we first got a glimpse of it a few months back thanks to Sprint and just recently from T-Mobile as the MDA Vario IV.
Like the Touch Diamond, the Touch Pro will feature HTC's touchFLO 3D interface and has a "new touch-sensitive control for device interaction" and a full QWERTY keyboard. Other features include HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA wireless connectivity, a 1350 mAh battery with up to 8 hours of talk time, 512 MB flash, 288 MB RAM with micro SD memory card expansion, GPS capabilities, 2.8-inch VGA touch screen and 3.2MP camera equipped with video calling.
Europ, Asia, and the Middle East will get their hands on the HTC Touch Pro by "late summer" while the rest of us in North and Latin America will have to wait a few extra months. Like usual, price for the HTC Touch Pro was not released, but expect to pay a bit more than the Diamond once it's released.
Full press release after the jump.
It seems Sony is doing their best to keep us hooked on the Xperia X1. They recently revealed this new image which shows the device in a new color and also withthe Xperia branding right below the screen. Unfortunately there is still no official word on the release date of the HTC built Sony Xperia X1, but we can still assume that it will hit the streets in mid september .
HTC Source launched a forum several months ago, but things have not been going as good as we would like. We have decided to join forces with HTC Forums in order to give our readers a much better way to share their thoughts and ask questions about their HTC devices. Feel free to join in on the chatter. We've rerouted out link to the old forum to point to www.htcforums.com
Hope to see you there.
It seems that the Raphael is looking to be a bit more different than the Diamond than we first thought. The main difference is that the Raphael has a full QWERTY keyboard, while the Diamond makes use of only the touch-screen input system. But now some new information about the HTC Raphael's battery has emerged. It seems that T-Mobiles MDA Vario IV (The HTC Raphael) will sport a 1340 mAh battery instead of the 900 mAh battery the Diamond will be carrying around. That should give the Raphael quite a bit of extra juice for all those QWERTY loving texters out there.
T-Mobile Germany has yetto release any hard dates for the launch of the MDA Vario IV, but we wouldn't recommned holding you're breath. At least not till the end of summer. Oh, and don't forget that Sprint is also planning on launchign the Raphael in Q4
We don't like starting rumors, but it seems as though a Canadian Reporter has a hunch that HTC and SONY have a lot more planned than simply producing the Xperia X1 together. Paolo Del Nibletto seems to believe that SONY may be interested in aquiring HTC or partnering with them just as they did with Ericsson a while back. What proof does Paolo Del Nibletto have? Simply a canceled interview with with HTC CEO Peter Chou. Doesn't sound like there's much to go on here. We'll just have to wait to see how SONY's Xperia X1 sells when it's released later this year. do you think a SONY-HTC partnetship would be viable?
A recent report from Digitimes indicates that HTC has already shipped the first batch of Touch Diaonds to Hong Kong. Over 10,000 units have already been sent out and more shipments are expected to follow within the next few days. The Diamond is still not expected to hit telecom stores in Europe and Asia till late June.
If you simply can't wait to pick up the Diamond with a new contract, you should be able to get your hands on one within a few weeks through your favorite import shop.
Without any announcements from HTC, T-Mobile UK has just revealed that they will be launching the HTC Raphael as the T-Mobile MDA Vario IV. It seems to be an exact copy of the Diamond with full slide-out QWERTY keyboard what the Vario series is known for. The T-Mobile MDA Vario IV is expected to hit the streets in the UK by the end of summer 2008.