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HTC Launches Diamond2, Touch Pro2 & G2

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HTC Launches Diamond2, Touch Pro2 & G2

HTC is next up... (Following Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Microsoft, Samsung and LG remain the other biggies today)

Now we're going to take a step back from all the officialdom first with a tasty leak via BGR (said to be formally announced tomorrow): the eagerly anticipated 'G2'. Sadly not the sex-fest we'd hoped the handset is christened the 'HTC Magic' and looks a little, well... dull.

It does drop the physical keyboard for a more slim line form factor and keeps faith with the mediocre 3.2MP fixed focus camera sans flash that afflicted the G1 but also retains the good points of HSDPA, WiFi and GPS. Apparently Cupcake will also be pre-installed. Interestingly, Vodafone is picking this one up which - if exclusive - would surely frustrate T-Mobile, let alone all those early adopters who leapt on the G1.

Back into handsets-HTC-actually-wanted-us-to-see and we get two successors at MWC today: the 'Diamond2' and 'Touch Pro2'. Radical upgrades to the original Diamond and Touch Pro both feature beautifully updated styling with 3.2 WVGA (480 x 800) and 3.6in VGA screens respectively, HSDPA, WiFi and GPS. The Diamond takes the honours in the camera segment with a 5MP autofocus offering compared to the Pro2's 3.2 megapixeller but lacks the physical keyboard still craved by so many.

Meanwhile both are on the end of revamped TouchFLO interfaces which, amusingly, look far more impressive than the one Microsoft has concocted for Windows Phone (ie Windows Mobile 6.5). The Diamond2 also boasts 50 per cent better battery life than its predecessor and each supports microSDHC up to 16GB. They'll both drop during the summer.

Don't you wish either had Android on it instead of the 'Magic'...?!

Update: Official pics of the Magic are now here and with its G1-matching capacitive touchscreen it may well turn out to be the best of the handsets here...

Links:

Diamond2

Touch Pro2

G2 via BGR

Oliver Levett

February 16, 2009, 9:13 pm

The Diamond 2 is essentially the Touch HD with a smaller screen, also, according to HTC, the Pro has a 3.6-inch WVGA, not VGA as you said. Maybe a typo?

Gnormie

February 16, 2009, 9:29 pm

I'd love to see Android on any of the new phones (especially the diamond 2) but I fear that we won't see it outside the modding community with how much HTC and Microsoft have been banging on about their 'special relationship' during their conferences.

Gordon394

February 16, 2009, 10:20 pm

@Oliver - the Pro2 has a VGA display according to our official press releases. If it says that on the HTC website I suspect that is where the typo lies.

rav

February 16, 2009, 10:37 pm

The Diamond 2 looks great but even as a long time WinMo user I'm not buying anything until WinMo 7 comes out now. The hardware updates are nice but I want to see some software.

Simon

February 17, 2009, 12:15 am

100% agree Ravmania, and they better enable OTA OS software updates too with WM7.

Oliver Levett

February 17, 2009, 12:34 am

Gordon: That may be correct, but the rendering on some of the images makes the WVGA aspect look more realistic. http://www.htc.com/uploadedIma... - is definitely not VGA ratios between height and width.








Also, the hardware is very similar to that in the Raphael/Blackstone, so the current Android attempts for those devices will almost certainly work with only minor modifications. And, we've already got cupcake. :P

Gordon394

February 17, 2009, 7:13 am

@Oliver - appreciate the guesswork from Photoshopped renderings, but it's VGA ;)

TrustedPhrontis

February 17, 2009, 6:28 pm

Re the Touch Pro 2, the HTC site says it is "3.6-inch TFT-LCD touch-sensitive screen with 480 X 800 WVGA resolution Adjustable tilt screen" I was really hoping it would be the 3.8" display like the Touch HD and would have a faster processor and more ROM and RAM, 288Mb is a bit stingy really. I know I can fit a 16Gb microSD card but still! This will be replacing my TyTn II which replaced my TyTn I. Shame I have to wait till summer really.

TrustedPhrontis

February 17, 2009, 6:37 pm

Just as an add in to my last comment; I really do wish for a one or two button press to transfer my calls to my car phone. At the moment its Start/Settings/Phone/Services/Call Forwarding/Get Settings/Click Forward all incoming phone calls. What a right royal pain in the neck. But then thats Microsoft.

Ironduke

February 18, 2009, 2:13 am

nothing for Stevie J to be worried about here:)

Oliver Levett

February 18, 2009, 9:21 pm

Looking at the leaked roadmap for 2009, TMo will be getting the HTC Magic, as will "DCM" who I assume are DoCoMo.

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