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HTC Confirms Touch HD Smartphone

Gordon Kelly


HTC Confirms Touch HD, Touch 3G & Viva Handsets

I didn't think it would take long...

Just five days after the Touch HD was leaked HTC has bitten the bullet and formerly announced the impressive looking handset to the world.

The good news doesn't stop there either since the Touch HD does indeed live up to all the leaked info meaning it will sport a WVGA (480 x 800 pixel) touch and widescreen display, a five megapixel camera, WiFi, aGPS, a fast 528MHz Qualcomm 7201A processor, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR, a microSD/SDHC expansion slot, large 1350mAH battery and that all important 3.5mm headset jack.

Even dimensions are good with the Touch HD measuring just 115 x 62.8 x 12mm though it is a little on the heavy side at 146.4g. There are a few niggles however: the camera lacks flash making it pretty much useless indoors, there is no significant native memory (only 512MB flash shared with the OS) and Windows Mobile 6.1 lurking behind that pretty TouchFLO wallpapering.

That said, we're still excited.

In related news HTC has also come clean about two other entry level handsets: the 'Touch 3G' and 'Viva' with the former looking like a proper version of the leaked Opal (HSDPA, 3.2MP camera, aGPS, microSD, 2.8in QVGA LCD) and the latter appealing to those on a budget by matching it apart from its absence of 3G.

The Touch HD will appear in the frustratingly inexact time frame of 'Q4' while the Touch 3G and Viva will launch in October.

Fingers crossed for Android versions...



Oliver Levett

September 16, 2008, 12:03 pm

Whats the Viva? Different version of the Touch 3G or something else?

I view it as an advantage that these are based on WM - it means they have features.


September 16, 2008, 4:01 pm

@Oliver - I refer you to my previous comment on the Omnia rival story (and hope you get it this time!):

"And for the record all this talk of features: best email, MP3 player, maps integration, YouTube integration, photos integration and web browsing integration seem pretty darn important features to my mind and ones I'd certainly trade extra megapixels for..."

And - as stated in the article - the Viva is the Touch 3G minus the 3G!

Oliver Levett

September 17, 2008, 9:56 pm

The iPhone may have a nice UI for email, but it's a limited client - no copy/paste?

The MP3 player has limited format support, unlike TCPMP or Core Player.

With maps, you only have one program - Google Maps - and that can't give turn by turn navigation, because the hardware is not upto scratch.

The Diamond/Raphael have a decent YouTube application, and youtubeplay, TCPMP Flash bundle etc all add abilities such as saving videos.

Your little list is all the iPhone does, and I'd take a longer list of features over being Steve Jobs bitch any day.

Viva seems a little smaller...

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