SlashGear appears to have received a demo unit of the new HTC Touch Diamond flagship – the Diamond2, which was announced back in the MWC this year. Just unboxing, it wasn’t very impressive at all, the box didn’t even say HTC and the accessories that were included were just standard. But the handset itself appears nice, larger screen compared to the first gen HTC Touch Diamond and its also gained a higher resolution camera five megapixel, still no flash though.
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The latest Google Android phone, the Vodafone HTC Magic doesn’t sport a sliding keyboard, some have felt disappointed about this because on screen keyboards are still no where as fast as proper keyboards when it comes to users who text alot. But from what we can see in this demo video, it doesn’t look like that much of a worry afterall, future improvements will definitely come but it seems at this point it is a neat, reactive keyboard with a bunch of well thought out cool functions (including landscape mode typing!).
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Due to land with Vodafone soon in Spring is the latest Google Android operating phone from HTC, the HTC Magic. For a start, this new magical phone as you can see doesn’t have any kind of sliding keyboard, its got a 3.2-inch HVGA screen, HDSPA, GPS, 3.2 megapixel camera and a G1-style trackball.
Details on pricing and availability of the HTC Magic will of course vary according to local Vodafone markets, but pricing in Spain will be from 99 to 199 Euros, depending on contract. UK will be one of the first markets to receive the Magic in April, then Spain, Germany, France and Italy, the phone will be a timed exclusive with Vodafone.
So here’s a quick summary of the HTC Magic’s main specifications:
- Processor: Qualcomm MSM7201a, 528MHz.
- Memory: 512MB ROM, 192MB RAM.
- Dimensions: 4.45 x 2.17 x 0.45-inches.
- Weight: 4.18 ounces with battery.
- Network: HSPA/WCDMA 900 / 2100MHz (no love for the States) with 2Mbps up, 7.2Mbps down; quad-band GSM / GPRS / EDGE 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz.
- Display: 3.2-inch TFT-LCD HVGA 480×320
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi, mini USB, and GPS
- Input: Trackball with Enter button, Capacitive touchscreen with on-screen keyboard (both portrait and landscape)
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What you see below are the alleged images of what could be the next gen T-Mobile Android phone. What you can see is that compared to the T-Mobile G1 its got no QWERTY keyboard which would be abit of worry for me even though the Google Android platform now supports on screen keyboard.
Talk about high tech gadgets, HTC is certainly on a role. For those who are addicted and just can’t stop from craving on the latest technology, HTC has announced the world’s first GSM/WiMAX headset. Unforunately, this may mean you will need to brush up your Russian, the device will be available only in Russia (at least for now) on the Yota Mobile WiMAX network. The MAX 4G appears similar to the super high-end HTC Touch HD that was recently announced with a large 3.8 inch 800×480 display and touch screen interface. The MAX 4G will support the Yota Video network and the device is capable of displaying up to nine TV channels simultaneously!
The HTC MAX 4G is the world’s first smartphone to feature the integration of GSM and WiMAX radios. With this integration the MAX 4G can switch seamlessly from GSM networks to Mobile WiMAX networks. With the addition of a SIM card, the MAX 4G can make voice calls over most GSM networks which makes it a very useful mobile to have for those visiting Europe.
The HTC MAX 4G features the same 3.8 inch, 800×480 WVGA touch screen display that is used in the HTC Touch HD. With the integrated GPS receiver you will always know exactly where you are, while the WiFi and WiMAX will ensure you have high-speed wireless data (you will be able to get proper data speeds of 70Mb/sec!).
The HTC MAX 4G is powered by Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional and is integrated with HTC´s TouchFLO 3D UI. The TouchFLO 3D UI turns Windows Mobile interface into a competent multimedia platform that should optimizes HTC MAX 4G´s 8GB of onboard storage.
HTC designed the MAX 4G for ultra high-speed access to video on demand, full track music downloads, online gaming, and file exchange for true broadband speeds.
HTC MAX 4G Features include:
- Qualcomm ESM7206A 528 MHz processor
- TouchFLO 3D interface
- Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
- Integrated GPS, WiFi, and Bluetooth 2.0
- 256MB ROM and 288MB RAM with 8GB Flash drive
- 5 megapixel camera with VGA front camera for conference calls
- FM radio
- Standard 3.5mm headset jack
Its said the HTC MAX 4G will be shipping in Russia by the end of November for more than $1,000! Though, very typically, the company did not say when the Max 4G would be released in other parts of the globe.
China’s main mobile provider, correct me if I’m wrong: China Mobile, have already been said to be the carrier that will be bringing China their first Google phone (apart from those from the black market that is!). But instead of going for the now internationally recognised first Google phone: T-Mobile G1 / HTC G1, it’s now been said that they will be getting its own version of an Android device via currently the world’s fourth largest personal computer manufacturer, Lenovo from the first quarter beginning of 2009.
Currently in the black market in China, the T-Mobile G1 can go for as much as $550 USD, which is already quite a considerable sum of money. In addition to that, the handset need to be unlocked if you’re not a T-Mobile customer and that costs another $73, which totals up to over $620 USD for an unofficially unlocked G1.
Though I’m not sure whether this pricing has now been affected by the news that officially unlocked T-Mobile G1 only costs a little bit more at $700 USD. Maybe this blackmarket has something to do with China Mobile’s decision?