HTC Corp. has unveiled its new flagship phone, the HTC TouchDiamond, with compact size, specially designed mobile browser created by Opera Software, and a new 3D touch interface called TouchFLO 3D.
“Today we mark a new era in mobile phone evolution, an era where beauty and size integrate with uncompromising innovation at broadband speeds,” said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC Corp. “The HTC Touch Diamond will make browsing the Web and using Web-enabled applications just as practical and easy to use as making calls.”
TouchFLO 3D provides animated access to people, messaging, email, photos, music, weather and more. In addition, HTC is introducing a new innovative touch-sensitive control for interacting with Touch Diamond.
The device runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and supports high speed mobile Internet access with HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and HSUPA wireless connectivity - including WCDMA 900 MHz and 2100 MHz. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth 2.0 EDR+ and WiFi 802.11b/g. The HTC Touch Diamong also comes with a built-in GPS.
Users will be able to install applications and load their favourite music and movies on 4GB of internal storage.
It is expected the 900 mAh battery will provide up to four hours talk time and up to 300 hours standby time. If Direct Push email is enabled the device will support up to 100 hours standby.
HTC is providing a new customized mobile Web browser that enables easy viewing and navigation of websites in the way they were designed. As part of this browsing experience users can zoom and pan Websites with one-hand and automatically view optimized content that has been specially created to fit the display. Turning the device sideways automatically rotates the web page view from a portrait to landscape view, thanks to built-in tilt sensors.
In addition to Web browsing, the Touch Diamond includes a customized new, HTC-developed, YouTube application for watching a variety of user generated video content as well as utilizing Google Maps for mobile for mapping and traffic data.
The 2.8 inch display provides near-print quality viewing with VGA quality that enables web browsing and viewing of photographs at higher quality. The built-in camera includes an optical auto-focus lens that ensures photos taken are clear and consistent.
The HTC Touch Diamond will be available to customers across all major European carriers in June. It will be available later this quarter in Asia and the Middle East. The North American and Latin American versions of the Touch Diamond will be available in the second half of 2008.