Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the HTC Touch DIamond2. It’s no secret the that HTC Touch Diamond from last year was one of HTC’s best selling phones of all times. It was picked up by more than a few a dozen cell providers across the globe, making it one of the most recognized WM phones on the market. Now the HTC Touch Diamon2 will be launching with a new design, hardware, and a few extra software tweaks added on to HTC TouchFLO 3D technology. The HTC Touch Diamond2 will feature a people-centric communication approach with their new Straight Talk software. Straight Talk allows the Diamond2 to sort voice, text, and email communication from individual contacts all in one spot, making communication a lot more simple and user friendly. The Diamond2 will also feature a 3.2 inch WVGA display that incorporates a new touch sensitive zoom bar. Running the show will be a Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz, Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional, 512 MB ROM, 288 MB RAM, with a 5 megapixel autofocus camera. The HTC Touch Diamond2 will measure 4.25 X 2.09 X 0.54 inches, weigh 4.15 ounces, sport a 3.2 inch TFT-LCD WVGA (480×800) touchscreen, with a 1100mAh LiIon battery.
Unlike the original HTC Diamond, the Diamond2 will have a MicroSD expansion slot as opposed to 4GB of integrated memory. The HTC Touch Diamons2 will be released to Asian and European markets in early Q2 2009. Other global markets will follow in Q3 of 2009.
The HTC Cruise has just shown it’s face on the FCC’s site, meaning we should see the Cruise on this site of the Atlantic Ocean some time within the next few months. The North American version of the HTC Cruise will ship with quad-band GSM connectivity (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz) and (850 / 1900 MHz) dual-band HSDPA. The radio frequencies match up pretty well with At&t’s network, but there still has not bee nany anouncements from any U.S. carriers quite yet. As we mentioned last time, the HTC Cruise will be the first HTC phone to feature HTC’s Footprints GSP software whic hgives users turn by turn directions and also allows geo tagging.
Google is poised to continue their effort to take over the world. Last week they released Google Latitude which allows you to share your location and keep tabs on your contacts. Today, they are launching Google Sync which will let you keep your phone’s contacts and calendar in sync with your Google account. You might be saying “we already have this with Android.” This is true, but Google is rolling out Google Sync to the iPhone, Windows Mobile, and Blackberry phones. Once you have Google Sync installed on your phone, any changes to a calendar or contact information will automatically be pushed out to Google’s network which will make sure your phone and Google account are always up to date with the latest information. Many smartphone users still find themselves hooking up their phones to their computer on a daily basis to make sure they have all their latest calendar entries. Google Sync is planning on changing all that by also releasing Sync clients for PC, Mac, and Linux that work in the background to keep your Outlook, iCal, Sunbird synced up with your Google account at all times.
Launch day is finally here for the new HTC made T-Mobile Shadow. the new Windows Mobile 6.1 handset is available in white mind and black burgundy for $349.99, but if you are willing to sign your life away on a two year contract, T-mobile is willing to hack off $100 and then give you an additional $50 mail in rebate, taking your total cost down to $199.99. The T-Mobile Shadow weighs in at 5.3 ounces, and measures 2.1 x 4.1 x 0.6 inches. Its 1100 mAh Lithium Ion battery should hold you over for 7 hours of talk time or 7 days of standby. The T-Mobile Shadow is the first Windows Mobile device to support HotSpot calls over WiFi. I’m not sure about you, but paying $200 for a non-touch screen smart phone seems a bit pricey for these days. Granted, T-mobile is not requiring customers to sign up for a data plan with the Shadow as they do for T-Mobile G1 customers.
We have a few more shots of the T-mobile Shadow after the break. Enjoy.
According to Mozilla’s blog, Fennec is scheduled to bereleased the first week or February. The Mozilla team has chosen the HTC Touch Pro as their first test device for their new mobile browser. Fennec is already in Alpha 2 stage and sound like it should be stable enough for a limited demo. Unfortunately there’s no word on when the mobile Firefox browser will be rolled out to other windows Mobile handsets, but I’m sure we’ll be able to spot it on a few different phones by the time MWC roller around.
I think this is a first for HTC. They have actually provided their own video walkthrough of the new HTC Footprints software that is on the new HTC Touch Cruise. So sit back and relax as an HTC engineer takes you around Taipei and demonstrates the functionality that HTC Footprints adds to the Touch Cruise.
One of the neat features is that the HTC Touch Cruise automatically switched to navi-panel mode once it is placed into the car kit holder. This should make a lot of people happy since they will not have to fidget around with small touch screen icons to get their phone to display GPS info.
It’s always a good morning when we wake up and see an e-mail from HTC’s PR company. Typically this indicated an imminent product launch or some new features on an old phone. For weeks we have seen images pop up all over the net of the HTC Iolite. We’ve hinted that the phone would get a name change and indeed it has. HTC has chosen to launch the Iolite as the HTC Touch Cruise. That’s not a typo; HTC is simply choosing to recycle the name from their original Touch Cruise that launched in late summer of 2007. Like the original Touch Cruise, HTC’s new handset will feature turn by turn GSP navigation, but will also be HTC’s first phone to feature HTC Footprints. This new HTC software will allow users to tag their pictures that they take with GPS coordinates, audio clips, and notes. Users will have easy access to HTC Footprints as HTC has simply added it to the TouchFLO interface on the Cruise. The handset will be running on Windows Mobile 6.1 and will have a 3.2MP camera, 2.8” touch screen, 512MB of ROM, 256MB of RAM, MicroSD card slot, and 1100mAh batter.
HTC will also be bringing the HTC Touch Cruise state side by spring as an unlocked device with 850/1900 HSDPA bands and will be selling for $500-$600. We’ve included full specs a more pictures after the break.