HTC unveils the New Touch Diamond

In the world of Windows Mobile Cellphones, HTC is seen as possible the largest or most influential company. Here, in Portugal, it’s rare to see someone with a Windows cellphone that isn’t HTC. Today they unveiled the latest model in their new Touch brand, the Diamond.

The first HTC Touch was largely consider by many the Microsoft answer to the iPhone. Although it didn’t live up to the hype of Apple’s device, it was an above average device, and since Apple isn’t in any hurry to unveil the highly anticipated 3G model, now is a great time to announce a new device.

Here are the Diamond’s specifications:

* Windows Mobile 6.1
* VGA Screen
* Quad-band HSDPA 7.2
* One-touch navigation, including single-finger dialing
* An accelerometer that rotates pictures as you rotate the phone
* One-touch music playback with an animated music browser
* A heavily-animated weather forecast app
* Full-featured desktop-like web browser (Opera) with zoom-in tech that actually reformats to fit the screen upon zoom, although Microsoft promises IE 6 coming soon for it
* Youtube app and content playback
* Available in June in Europe via Orange and the “rest of the world” sometime later
* Orange music store, games, wallpapers, and ringtone downloads
* Orange mobile TV with up to 61 channels
* No normal headphone jack – gotta use HTC’s proprietary USB dongle
* “Better battery life” than their other devices (although it uses a smaller battery than the Touch – we’ll keep our eye on this) — will offer a bigger battery at a later time for those who are experiencing battery life issues
* No pricing info just yet

This mobile device won’t having me running to the shelves to purchase it, but it’s certainly better to see a sophisticated device getting a sophisticated look, rather than the “plastic look” most Windows Mobile devices have.

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