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About a month ago, HTC told us that they would start selling the HTC Touch Dual in the U.S. through Best Buy. After successfully passing through the FCC a few weeks ago, now the Touch Dual has appeared on Best Buys website. The Touch Dial is not for sale quite yet, but Best Buy is letting customers pre-order the device for $549.99 ($60 cheaper than popular cell phone importer www.expansys.com). Even though $549.99 seems like its a high price, U.S. customers will most likely enjoy this model a lot more than the HTC touch Duals they have been importing since lanst year due to the quad-band GSM radio this device sports. Best Buy's website does not indicate when the touch Dual will be available. kepp in mind that the HTC Touch Diamond is only a few months from being released on Sprint (and hopfully T-Mobile).
Many of you have already seen the official press shot of the HTC Touch Diamond's cradle. Now a few more details have surfaced. thew cradle will alow you to sync and charge your Touch Diamond through mini usb while you listen to your music. No the cradle does not have its own speakers like those other iPhone and iPod docks do, but it does feature a 3.5MM back which will allow you to connect it to your home media system. For $50, the dock will be launching at the same time as the Touch Diamond. This is exciting simply because HTC has never really has an accessory category for their phones over the years. Lets just home this will spark interest from other companies to add on to the line and give us some amazing accessories that will be worthy of the Diamond's design.
The HTC Touch Diamond release date is set for June along with price of $772
HTC's first press release since they announced the Touch Diamond last week, indicates that they plan on selling 3million of the Touch Diamonds by the end of 2008. These sails goal surpass those of HTC's Touch which has been their most successful device to date. HTC is also reporting that they are planning on increase revenue of 20% for the following quarter due to expected high demand of the Touch Diamond.
So, are any of you planning to help HTC acheive their goals by year end? The HTC Touch Diamond release date is set for June along with price of $772.
Our friends over at PhoneMag.com got a chance to sit down and talk with HTCabout the new HTC Touch Diamond. Representatives from HTC explain some of the ideas behind the Diamond any why it was developed the way it was. They also note that Haptic response was planned for the HTC Touch Diamond, but was never implemented due to their research.
Another day, another announcement. it was rumored last week that O2 would be carrying the HTC Touch Diamond, but now the rumors have changed to reality. O2 will launch the XDA Diamond late next month, beating out T-Mobile UK with their
launch date by about a week. None of the specs have changed from the original HTC Touch Diamond, but O2 Germany may add some additional software to compliment HTC's lineup of TouchFLO 3D, Opera Mobile 9.5, Google Maps, and their YouTube App.
Price of the O2 XDA Diamond will be set at 549.99 Euro for those not willing to sign a contract and 99 Euro for those who don't mind signing their life away for 24 months. Full specs of the XDA Diamond after the break.
Within the next few months, we'll be seeing images of the HTC Touch Diamond showing up, courtesy of our good friends at the FCC since HTC is poised to make the Diamond their best selling device ever. We already know that Spring has big plans for the Touch Diamond (and also the Raphael which HTC has not yet announced), but who else will be picking up the Diamond here in the states? Our gut feeling it that T-Mobile may be the first to carry the Diamond out of the GSM carriers. T-Mobile just launched their new 1700 MHz 3G network last week in New York, with plans to cover most large cities by the end of the year. Along those lines, the Touch Diamond will be one of the first devices to ship with 1700 MHz 3G support and it would make a bold statement for T-Mobile to let everyone know they now offer 3G.
Lets just cross our fingers and wait to see what happens. There are a lot of people out there who thing T-Mobile has become irrelevant since they have waited for so long to launch their 3G network. But with Sprint facing tough times, losing customers by the thousands every day, it just shows that there's a lot more to a good service provider than a fast network.
The T-Mobile MDA Compact IV was just officially announced yesterday and now we already have a video walk through of the device. You'll notice that not much has changed on HTC's TouchFLO 3d interface except for the colors. T-Mobile UK is planning on launching the MBA Compact IV in early July.
The HTC Touch Diamond release date is set for June along with price of $772, for those not planning on picking the diamond up from their local carrier.