HTC’s original TouchFLO Cube offered a page for access to nine of your favorite contacts. With TouchFLO 3D they now offer a “People” interface which allows you to scroll through images of your contacts in a pseudo coverflow manner. HTC has not stated if this is a “contact favotires” feature which you can assign to your contacts or if it automatically appried to your entire address book.
TouchFLO 3D will feature in interactive weather application which gives you finger friendly weather updates for your location and other cities across the globe. TouchFLO 3D allows for amazingly beautiful weather forecast animations including a moving clouds, suns, and raindrops which pour onto your screen. Probably the coolest feature in the animation is the windshield wipers that turn on to wipe away the rain.
HTC’s new TouchFLO 3D is a huge improvement on the TouchFLO technology which HTC launched last June on the Touch. TouchFLO 3D (previously code named Manila) offers a touch friendly interface on top of Windows Mobile 6.1 . The interface gives you direct access on the home screen to notification such as appointments, missed calls, and text messages and allows you to slide through to other media functionality including pictures, video, and music. HTC has noted that devices using TouchFLO 3D will be using advanced 3D acceleration to ensure the best user experience through their interface.
Less than 24 hours after HTC revealed the Touch Diamond to the world, T-Mobile UK has taken the cover off of their customized rendition of the Diamond. As expected T-Moble continues their naming legacy of HTC devices and has dubbed the Touch Diamond the MDA Compact IV. Even though we just reported that the Diamond would be relesed in June for European markets, T-Mobile UK has chosen to wait a few more weeks and launch the MDA Compact IV in July instead.
The MDA Compact IV seems to have recevied T-Mobile's signature majenta and white makover on HTC's TouchFLO 3D interface. This gives us hope that we will be able to customize the device's interface colors to our own liking since HTC has done suck a good job at covering up WM6.1
T-Mobile will be offering the Diamond for free to customers who opt for new select service plans. T-Mobile is the first UK service provider to announce their version of the Touch Diamond.
HTC is set to launch the Touch Diamond as early as June. Currently their release schedule indicates that most carriers in Europe (HTC's largest market) will launch the Diamond by mid June. Asian and Middle Eastern markets will have a chance to pick the device up in late June, while western hemisphere markets will have to wait till the third quarter to see the Touch Diamond.
Since North and South America are the smallest HTC markets right now, this launch schedule only seems logical. However we are a bit disappointed since HTC devices have been selling like hot cakes through T-Mobile, Spring, Verizon and At&t. Lets only hope to hear some solid release dates from more carriers in the next few weeks.
We may be a few hours late in breaking this news, but HTC has finally unveiled the HTC Touch Diamond. Unfortunately we did not get an invite to HTC Press event in London, but that just gives us the opportunity to get the best of all the various press releases and put them all here.
The first thing that sets the Touch Diamond appart is it's size: 102 mm (L) X 51 mm (W) X 11.5 mm (T) and weighs in at 110 g, making it smaller overall than last years Touch. It features 256 MB of ROM, 192 MB DDR SDRAM RAM, and Internal storage of 4 GB. Connectivity includes Bluetooth® 2.0 with EDR, GPS and A-GPS ready, Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g, HTC ExtUSB™ (I've personally been waiting for USB 2.0 since I got my first Imate JAM).
HTC is expecting the Touch Diamond to get up to 330 minutes of talk time for GSM and 270 minutes for WCDMA. It also sports a 3.2 megapixel camera with a mechanical autofocus. No longer will we have to suffer through a camera phone with infinite focus that seems to never forcus on anything.
If you've already watched the video above, than you're probably drooling over the visual effects the TouchFLO 3D interface adds to the new Diamond. HTC has enhanced their TouchFLO interface to better cover up the major usability flaws that WM6.1 has. From the looks of it, most DIamond users will be able to access contact, mail, calendars, internet, media, pictures and even YouTube (HTC has partnered with YouTube to create their own app similar to the one of the iPhone), without even having to press the start button on the top.
We'll be writing a whole article on TouchFLO 3D pressty soon, so you might want to check back for a lot more details on that.
Overall, we're pretty satisfied with what HTC has presented today. My main hope was to see more of Manilla, now the new TouchFLO 3D. We were hoping they would take this time to show off some other devices they have planned for the year, but I guess like the launch of the Touch, we'll see a few more handsets pop up in a few months bosting many of these same features, but with slightly different hardware.