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The AT&T Tilt (HTC Kaiser II) is one of the most feature packed Windows Mobile devices currently on the market. Those of us riding the current wave of technology brought to us by AT&T and HTC are familiar with the sliding, tilting, Qwerty keyboard bearing device. The only problem with a device with so many features is that the Tilt is somewhat awkward to carry when not in use. The question of,

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Sprint Diamond: Launching September 2nd?

We know this sucka is testing at Sprint right now and we've seen some earlier roadmaps that said Q3, so this just confirms what we've already expected.

Basically it looks like Sprint is getting ready to launch the heralded HTC Touch Diamond (aka HTC MP 6950; the Sprint Touch is the 6900) on Tuesday, September 2nd. So start saving your cash now. Check out Dieter's great walk-through vid of what to expect.

This puts it at around the same time as Telus (who evidently are a lot more open about their Diamond love than Sprint or Verizon).

The specs are expected to be similar to what Telus/HTC announced, though who know what Sprint will do:

  • 101mm x 51mm x 14mm
  • EVDO Rev A
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Qualcomm MSM 7510A Processor running at 528MHz
  • 256 ROM, 256 RAM, 4 Gigs internal (no expansion)
  • Opera 9.5 for the browser
  • Camera is still 3.2mp, screen is still 640x480
  • The battery gets a big bump: it's 1340 mAh

Oho yeah and there's the 1st "glamor shot" of the Treo 800w, which is launching this week...you know, in case you haven't heard.

Via GTX at Sprintusers (original photo)

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HTC 'Neon 400' may be a CDMA Touch Dual

While you were busy spending your Independence Day stuffing yourself with hot dogs and hamburgers, another iteration of HTC's Touch Dual was working its way through the FCC.

As Endgadget Mobile points out, the "Neon" designation points to the Touch family, and the FCC testing shows a CDMA radio.

So, customers of Alltel/Verizon and/or Sprint or may have another Windows Mobile device (and big brother to the keypadless HTC Touch, which all two three carriers are currently selling) to look forward to in the coming months.

And for a look at what may be in store (minus carrier customizations, of course), check out Dieter's recent review of the unlocked GSM Touch Dual.

NEON400 FCC filing

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As we move closer to the second coming of the HTC Touch Diamond series (that is, the "Pro" aka "Raphael"), some pics and vids are leaking out.

One thing that is becoming clear: the Pro version is quite, ahem, thick.

Sure, the specs say it's the same thickness of the HTC Mogul and Tilt (~18.5mm) and it's actually less wide than those devices...but darn it all, just watch the vid after the jump and ask yourself...are you thin enough? Well are ya?

Via Slashgear

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HTC Touch Pro Gets Handled

The Touch Pro and the Diamond are definitely the new hotness -- though we still don't know yet when we're going to see an American release. The Diamond made the rounds on the interw00ts first, now comes the Touch Pro. Mobileburn takes a peek and notes that HTC wouldn't let them play around with the inteface, perhaps hinting at yet more TouchFLO 3D enhancements coming down the pike. SlashGear is justifiably happy that the back of the device is matted so there'll be fewer fingerpints. Finally, PhoneScoop find the Touch Pro to be a little thick to their liking. We suppose compared to the Diamond, darn near anything is going to fee a little thick.

As excited as we are for the Xperia X1, we're HTC boys at heart. The Touch Pro looks to beat it by just a hair.

[via]

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For awhile now we've been covering the whole "HTC/Qualcomm Video driver drama" (read our insider Q&A for some perspective and more here).

So far we know that the unbranded HTC TyTN II (aka "Tilt") is getting WM 6.1 with a video performance boost, but no gurantees that the AT&T branded version will be getting the same. We also know that the HTC Touch Diamond, which is a powerful VGA device, does have the DirectDraw video drivers on board, though up until recently they too have underperformed.

The big question was whether the lot of other HTC devices that are based on the MSM-7xxx series chipset would be getting any help from HTC? So far, the answer appears to be "no".

Enter some crafty hackers and dedicated software pros to start piecing together bits and pieces from the TyTN II, Touch Diamond and the K620 and have a somewhat working version of the OpenGL ES driver, which according to the HTCClassAction.org site:

...provides the DirectDraw (2D) capability; so getting the OpenGL ES driver to work correctly is a big step in getting the D3D and DD working.

As you can see from their demo video, the tester app flickers during the test, but that is a result of a problem with the tester program, not the OpenGL drivers. But this proof-of-concept demonstration definitely hints that exporting and enabling these advanced video driver capabilities is possible.

Click the link to watch the the OpenGL ES Driver in action!

We'll continue to follow this story as usual!

Via Tilt Site

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For those who just can't wait till get the "official" and final WM6.1 ROM for the Sprint HTC 6800 (aka Mogul, or Mongrel if you're bitter), it is now out there floating on the 'nets.

That can only mean Sprint is just about to let this one go any second.

Here are the deets:

File Name:

RUU_TITAN_SPRINT_WWE_3.56.651.0_RS_3.42.02_SPCS2.0 4_PPST_0619_Ship.exe

OS:

CE OS 5.2.19208 Build 19208.1.0.2

Radio:

3.42.02

Get it here. As usual, use at own risk. Post feedback in comments!

Via Sprintusers.com

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HTC Not Poking the Apple Bear

After the announcement of the iPhone 3G this week, you'd think Windows Mobile heavyweight HTC would fire back with at least some sort of Touch Diamond or Touch Pro salvo.

But in talking to Digitimes on Wednesday, CEO Peter Chou lobbed what amounts to underpowered spit wads, putting the $199 HTC Touch in the ring with Steve Jobs' latest.

The bundled prices of HTC Touch handsets in most markets in Europe as well as Japan and the US are set below US$199 in part due to subsidiaries offered by telecom carriers, said Chou, noting that mobile operator Orange offers the HTC Touch free of charge on some contracts.

Hey, the Touch - or its recently released cousin Touch Dual - is no slouch, especially at that price point (at least it was until Monday). But if you're going toe to toe with Mike Tyson, you'd want your best fighter lacing up his gloves, right?

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HTC Touch Pro Gets Official

Also (better?) known as the Raphael, HTC announced the Touch Pro today. The specs are pretty much what we expected, which is to say they're very similar to the HTC Diamond with a few key differences:

  • 512MB ROM / 288MB RAM
  • No 4gigs of internal storage, but there is a MicroSD slot (better)
  • Slide-out Bluetooth keyboard
  • 1340 mAh battery good for “397 minutes” on 3G. 397 exactly?
  • All that goodness comes at a price, which is 18.05 mm of thickness. ...which is to say, just 1 mm thinner than a Tilt

Otherwise you're looking at the same awesomeness: AGPS, WiFi, 3.2mp Camera, 2nd camera, bluetooth, VGA resolution, sweet Opera 9.5 browser, sweeter TouchFLO 3D. Also, the same bad news: Dual-band HSDPA and Tri-Band EDGE, which make this another European/Asian affair. They'll be getting it later this summer, we'll be getting it later this year.

HTC's site

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HTC Diamond Around the Web

As the HTC Diamond begins to be available worldwide, reviews are starting to trickle in. Of course, if you're US-based, reading over these things will come with a bit of sadness -- as the current iteration isn't going to work well with the bands that are available here. Nevertheless, it's fun to look.

The top spot to go looking is probably going to be coolsmartphone, who has been testing the Diamond for a full week, culminating in a 37 minute movie detailing the device. If you'd like your video in a more digestible chunk (with an unboxing appetizer), Mobility Today has your fix. Hat tip to mobile-review for having what we believe is the first HTC Diamond review. You can also find more photos over at the::unwired.

Of course, if you just cannot wait for some Diamond goodness, the ROM for the device has leaked out and been ported to the TYTN II. We're going to go out on a limb and say using this ROM is not for the faint of heart. TouchFLO 3D is going to require some pretty hefty graphics acceleration that's not going to be present on most current-gen devices.

Update: ...and here's one more at Phone Arena, with some excellent photos.

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Oh when will the HTC Diamond hype stop? Luckily it's a slow news day so this will fill the gap nicely. As Dieter last week called the Diamond properly an "iPhone killer", it's only fair that some snaps of it next to said phone should appear.

This is all well and good, but what happens on that fateful day in June when that new 3g iPhone drops? Oh well, this will keep the fanboys on both sides happy a bit. Head over to Engadget Chinese for some more shots.

In more tangible news, a nice shot of the Diamond's charger base/dock (extra, not included) has popped up. Sure it's nothing great--USB sync plus headphones, but you have to admit it makes one slick package and would look awesome next to your lava lamp. Expected price is a pretty high $49--guess they really are competing with Apple.

Actually, if you want really cool...check out the quick vid of the Diamond's fantabulous LED notification system. Now that is something some of us have been wanting for a long time. Nice HTC, nice.

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HTC Diamond hits FCC: GSM Version(s) only

Following the whirlwind week of HTC announcements, word on the street is that HTC's Diamond has hit the FCC, which is great news for those looking to get their grubby mitts on one.

Going through the documents (see how we sacrifice our sanity here for you folks?), there are a couple of interesting tidbits to found (and pictured after the jump) that have not been reported on the 'nets yet:

  • GSM only
  • 3 different versions
  • 6 different batteries are being tested (including a larger 1340 mah variant)
  • Optional front cameras for video conferencing

The battery part is interesting as clearly HTC is experimenting with what works the best and are evidently prepared to ship an extended 1340mah battery (over the stock and perhaps diminutive 900mah).

The different camera versions are to be expected as usually you get front-facing cameras/video on unlocked versions, whereas the carriers tend to ditch those (for whatever reason) and will offer just the 3.1mp rear camera/video.

When should we expect these devices to hit shelves? Hard to say. FCC clearance can take anywhere from weeks to a couple of months. Since these docs were just "submitted" on 5/8 and considering all the different versions and battery configurations, perhaps testing may take a bit longer than usual, but we wouldn't be surprised to see these in the next few months here in the States with possibly a full-priced (~$800) unlocked version first and carrier subsidized (and more limited) later on.

Hit the link to see some of the FCC screenshots (and here for all the FCC docs).

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MSMobiles is reporting from a reliable source that the HTC TyTN II (aka the "Tilt") is scheduled to get a new ROM update that will include "...improved graphics drivers and will offer improved performance".

What is more exciting is that this update is planned for this month and possibly even next week. (For those needing a refresher on the topic, click here for past coverage).

Yowzers. Though, fyi we're taking this with a huge grain of salt, so don't get those torches and mob ready just yet.

The potential bad news? This is only for unbranded HTC TyTN II devices, meaning the AT&T Tilt won't be included, for whatever reason (we're betting it has to do with this: money and who pays).

While unfortunate and inconvenient, at least it may be possible for the prominent hacker community to rip the driver for those unlucky owners of branded devices. Stay tuned.

However, what may be even worse, if true, is this quote from MSMobiles:

HTC is not not (!) preparing in near future updates for any other phones that might have these graphic issues.

Probably not what anyone wants to hear. Hopefully details will follow as pressure mounts on HTC if any of this pans out to be accurate,

We'll await for an official HTC response though for our final judgement.

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HTC Announces Touch Diamond

Go take a peek at PhoneMag's Live Coverage (now archived) if you want the full experience, or you can also check out HTC's Touch Diamond page. There's not a lot of new information here, hardware-wise, because we already knew we'd be getting:

  • Windows Mobile 6.1
  • 256 ROM, 192 RAM, 4GB Internal Storage
  • 2.8“ VGA Touchscreen
  • Tri-Band (What?! Boo!) HSDPA
  • A-GPS
  • 3.2 MP Camera
  • Bluetooth, WiFi, FM Radio
  • 900, Yes 900 mAh Battery
  • Accelerometer

The new new is that TouchFLO, as rumored, has indeed received quite an upgrade. They're not calling it Manilla (and truth be told it looks a lot better than Manilla did), they're calling it TouchFLO 3D. It featured Email, Weather, browser, music, and photos in an integrated interface that allows you some access to the data you're interested in without ”dumping“ you back into standard Windows Mobile quite as often as regular TouchFLO does.

The Touch Diamond will hit Europe and Asia in June, everybody else (read: us) ”later this year.“ Until then, we'll be heading over to the cosmetics aisle. We're so green with envy of our European friends, we're going to need some serious foundation to cover all this up.

Update: Some YouTube vids after the break!

More on HTC's YouTube Page

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HTC Video Software Update Still Planned

Amongst the many sagas we keep track of here at WMExperts, few are as contentious and difficult to follow as the HTC Video Driver issue. It's been awhile since we covered this, so before we get to the latest piece of news in the now-month-long delay in a promised software fix, we feel like we ought to present the history of this torrid affair.

Read on for the skinny!

History

Several HTC devices (most notable the AT&T Tilt / TYTN II) have a significant delay in both rotating the screen and in video playback. Some hardy investigators determined that the Qualcomm chip inside these devices has on-board hardware acceleration for video, but the devices did not have the necessary drivers to take advantage of it. HTC's initial response was, many thought,

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HTC Touch Diamond To Be Announced May 6th

Over the weekend, Malatesta gave unto us the full specs of the HTC Touch Diamond. The leaks for the Diamond and Raphael (aka the HTC Touch Pro) put us into a frenzy and in that frenzy we guessed that HTC's May 6th “mystery event” in London would be about releasing “something beautiful” -- and the Diamond definitely fits that description.

Now the Taipei Times [via Engadget Mobile] has managed to listen in on a few key quotes from HTC financial executive Cheng Hui-ming at an investor's conference:

[HTC] expects revenues this year to grow more than 20 percent year-on-year, helped by sales of its new “Touch” phone next month. [...] “This is the most important product for HTC this year,” Cheng said. “With this phone, we’re confident of landing orders from most major operators.” But Cheng also warned of possible delays in shipments, as HTC has yet to obtain certification for the new handset model.

So there ya go - we're getting a big old announcement on May 6th but we might not actually get a chance to see these devices for quite awhile.

On a side note, did you notice those three exclamation points in Malatesta's spec article? The rumored battery is to be 900mAh. That's just this side of microscopic -- here's to hoping HTC not only comes through with the hoped-for full-VGA resolution on these screens, but also that they have a magic wand to make them incredibly low-power.

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