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It seems every year there's a new technology battle front with manufacturers competing for supremacy in a new technology segment. Last year was the HD War with Toshiba's HDDVD falling to SONY's BLURAY. It's now time to sharpen your weapons for the MID War.
Most people's first response to that it "The what war? What the heck is a MID?!" For those in the know, it's ok to shake your head in disbelief. A MID or Mobile Internet Device is a new breed of mini computer designed specifically for internet surfing and connectivity. Many argue that the UMPC already covers this segment and that there should not be another whole breed of devices. If you have ever tried to price a UMPC, you're probably still in disbelief over the price tag. Microsoft first envisioned UMPC's to be priced below $800, but since they require Microsoft software to be classified as a UMPC, prices and specs have been upgraded to astronomical levels which make most UMPCs cost well over a grand.
Most MIDs will not suffer this fate since they do not require Microsoft's bloated software and the manufacturers have a lot more say in what they want their device to do. A MID can have a full operating system, keyboard, touch screen, wifi, Bluetooth, and much more or it can be as simple as can be.
At the moment, Intel, AMD, and Nvidia are working on new processors to power upcoming MIDs. Each manufacturer is hoping to get a strong foothold in this new market which they hope will make them millions of dollars. We're seeing the first batched of devices coming off the productions lines and so far things are looking a lot better than they did for UMPCs.
Stay tuned to hear more about new MIDs and the inevitable price war that will ensue for ultimate dominance in this segment.
Many reviews of HTC’s new TouchFLO 3D GUI have pointed out that it is a bit sluggish. Many peopel were hoping that HTC would have some last minute changes to the software before they pushed millions of devices out the door. Well, it seems everyone’s dreams are coming true! Theunwired is reporting that HTC has made some last minute tweaks of TouchFLO 3D to give is a snappier response time (which should make everyone happy). Theunwired was able to test the upcoming O2 XDA Diamond and were quite happy with the new and improved performance.
Since the Diamond still has a few months before it is released by any U.S. carrier, lets home HTC can tweak the system a bit more for even better performance.
For those of you waiting to get your hand on Diamond in the U.S. the wait is over. TigerDirect is offering the Diamond for $779.99. Ok, so it's not the first time you've seen the Diamond for sale, but as far as we can tell, TigerDirect is the only retailer selling a quad band (you read that right) version of the Diamond. I hope you've been saving up for this. Maybe it's time you auction off your Touch on eBat to get some extra cash.
UPDATE: It seems HTigerDirect has edited their listing since we posted the news story. here have been a few questions under this product page o ntheir site esking to verify if the device was really quad band. Thanks bouyark for the heads up.
With all the talk these days about the Eee PC and everyone trying to get into the MID game, HTC thought that maybe they should try playing that game as well. DigiTimes (which has proven to be wrong quite a few times) is reporting that HTC has plans on working on several smaller devices based on Intel's Atom and Qualcomm's Snapdragon platforms. HTC does have a little experience in this category. The Shift which runs a full version of Windows alongside Windows Mobile is a good starting point for HTC to work off of, just as long as they find a way to chip away at the price a little.
Since WM7 was first rumored, speculation has placed a possible launch date of the OS for late 2009, but now a regional GM from HTC seems to be throwing out dates for devices which will run on the new OS. How soon with they launch? According to Kevin Chen, we could see the first WM7 powered devices hitting the streets as early as Q1 of 2009. So if you wanted to wait out the whole Diamond fad which is about to be released on the entire globe, you may not have to wait too much longer.
For the lucky people of Taiwan, HTC has bestowed on you on of the first launches of the Touch Diamond in less than 12 hours. There are rumors however that HTC has lowered the initial price of the Diamond. Is the iPhone 3G to blame (or thank) for the price reduction? The initial estimated cost of the diamond was NT$26,000, but now it seems HTC is willing to part with their precious gem for NT$23,900 (US$786). On the surface, that does not look like much of a price reduction, but that's a little more than an 8% price drop. Keep in mind that these prices reflect buying the phone without a new contract from your favorite service provider. Don’t forget, T-Mobile UK will be offering the diamond up for the ultimate price, FREE.
Ever wonder how big a phone really is? We are constantly throwing out phone specs around here, claiming that this phone is smaller than that phone, or that 1mm really makes a difference. Well here you have it, a little illustration which should give you a good idea how large these phones are. Listed above are a few new phones which you may have been following over the past few months. With this, we hope you can see how small the Touch Diamond and the Touch Pro really are compared to the competition.
|HTC Touch Diamond||102x51x11.35mm|
|HTC Touch Pro||102x51x18.05mm|