At a special invite-only event in London today, HTC at last revealed what its CEO described as the most important device for the company this year.Â Read More for all of the details and images.
HTC has long been known for its series of Windows Mobile based devices that are the best in terms of merging the capabilities of a wireless phone and a dedicated PDA.
From the beginnings of the company as an ODM for other more established manufacturers such as Siemens, i-mate, Palm, and carriers such as T-Mobile and AT&T, the company has provided an attention to detail and device quality that has only recently been matched by larger manufacturers such as Samsung.
Now the company once known for its utilitarian yet extremely functional feature-laden devices branded by carriers and manufacturers has completely reinvented itself as a manufacturer and brand in its own right beginning with the HTC Touch Diamond.
The HTC Touch Diamond is more than another version of the Touch.Â It is a complete reinvention of the guiding principles that led HTC to become so popular with so many users since the first devices were released.
It starts with its outer shell which is designed to resemble a high-end media player complete with glossy black finish, large 2.8″ VGA resolution display with TouchFLO 3D, a completely rebuilt version of the TouchFLO user interface found in prior Touch models that now responds to gestures and is rendered in 3D by the onboard GPU in order to make scrolling though various functions a more visually pleasing experience.
The device is powered by a Qualcomm MSM processor running at 528Mhz featuring 192MB of RAM, 256MB of ROM and 4GB of built-in flash memory for general storage with an additional microSDHC expansion slot, Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi radio, and a built-in high-sensitivity GPS transceiver with A-GPS support also built-in to the processor. The device will launch with Windows Mobile 6.1 and also feature a 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and video recorder along with a front mounted VGA camera for video calls.
From the additional information found in the press release, the Touch Diamond will become available first to European customers starting in June with Asian and Middle Eastern customers being served later on this quarter.Â The North and South American version will launch in the second half of the year, though it is unclear if that includes both GSM and CDMA models.