Sony and HTC have done a good job at keeping their mouths shut about the release date of the Xperia X1. Unfortunately, one of their software partners seems to think it's ok if they tell the world that the sont Xperia X1 will be released in mid September. Handango has access to this priviledged information since their Handango InHand software will be features of the Xperia X1 for direct software downloads and updates. This past week they send out an e-mail to software developers asking them to submit their best software to be included in the launch of the Xperia X1. Below is more details on the communication from Handango.
"Seeking Content for the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1
At Mobile World Congress in February, SonyEricsson and Handango partnered to support the Windows Mobile powered Xperia X1 device with a catalog of content available via Handango InHand. We are now seeking the best products for this device and we would be interested in
hearing from YOU. SonyEricsson requires your product to support the WVGA screensize (800×480) and multiple languages (International English, French, German, Italian and Spanish). Any title included in the InHand catalog will need to also be Windows M2M certified.
The Xperia X1 will launch in mid-September 2008 with the Handango InHand service on the device. This is a fantastic opportunity for all our Partners to sell their products directly through a dedicated on-device channel.
If your content meets the above requirements and want to take advantage of this great opportunity, please send your product information email@example.com."
With less han 24 hours to go before the official debut of the HTC Diamond, reports have surfaced which indicate that 5-10 cell phone service providers have already placed orders for the HTC Diamond. Goldman Sachs report indicates that HTC is planning on shipping the Diamond this month (May) and they are planning on shipping between 400,000 and 500,000 units of the Diamond a month. With an expected life span of 12-18 months, this would make the diamond the best selling HTC device to date. Now lets just hope the Diamond actually lives up to all the hype and delivers an incredible user experience.
We're only two days out from HTC's press release in London, but it seems the HTC can't keep information under wraps these days. More details on the HTC Diamond have just surfaced along with some new pictures. Some of the details of the HTC Diamond include:
It seems as though HTC has positioned the Diamond to be a far better competitor with the iPhone than the original HTC Touch which they released last summer. With eGPS, FM tuner, 4GB of internal memory and a 2.8 inch VGA screen, the Diamond seems to be ready to handle anything the iPhone or even the Sony Xperia (which is made my HTC) can throw at it. Lets just keep our fingers crossed and hope HTC has some more magic up their sleeves and will build upon their TouchFlo interface which they introduced last year.
Some internal documents have just surfaced from Sprint, revealing their line up of HTC devices for this year. The HTC Diamond and HCT Raphael are plainly shown as being replacements for the Touch (diamond) and Mogul (Raphael). The HTC Raphael will feature TouchFlo technology, EVDO, a full QWERTY keyboard, 3MP camera, Bluetooth 2.0, and is slated to launch in Q4.
The HTC Diamond, which will be replacing the Sprint's Touch will most likely feature all the same specs as the Raphael, but without the QWERTY keyboard. I'd imagine that this information is not what was planned on being released at HTC's May 6 press event in London, which only means there's still more news to come.
HTC is on a role this week. with the announcement a few weeks ago that they will be bringing the HCT Touch Dual state side some time this summer, HTC has just launched a new ad campaign in the U.S. This marks the very first time HTC is marketing directly to the consumers in America. In the past we have seen commercials from T-Mobile featuring the T-Mobile Shadow, but how HTC is taking things into their own hands and promoting their touch screen devices which we all know can bee picked up at all major U.S. cellular carriers. The commercial above is the first of a series that will be running this summer
With HTC's May press event just around the corner, it seems someone on the inside is trying to beat them to the punch. This past weekend this blurry pic started popping up all over the internet. As you can see, there are quite a few devices which are already on the market, but Then you spot the devices in the second row. could the handset on the far left be HTC's Dream or Diamond? We'll just have to wait and see.
A quick note to the brave soul who took this picture, next time give us a bit more details.
For months, we have heard rumors that T-Mobile will be expanding their HTC smartphone line with some new devices. It seems the Shadow II will be launching in late summer, most likely just in time for back to school. T-Mobile is bringing back their customized interface for the Shadow II and it seems as if it will also be able to support T-Mobile's Hotspot@Home. From the picture we can see that the design is very similar to last year's Shadow, but will a sleeker look and rounded edges. The slider will most likely feature the game qwerty keyboard as the original Shadow, but that is all we know for now. No real specs have been released, but i'm sure the biggest question everyone wil be asking is if he Shadow II will support T-Mobile's new 3G network which is expected to be rolling out to multiple regoins in the U.S. by this summer.