only that HTC's new
Diamond2 is a design beauty, following HTC's original
Touch Diamond design,
it's also packed with lots of new features and it's one of the first Windows
Phones that features Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6.5 button requirements
which includes, beside the typical call send/end keys, the Windows key. However,
the back button (as introduced with earlier HTC Touch smartphones) isn't a
Microsoft requirement at all. Nevertheless, the HTC Touch Diamond2 isn't
sporting a D-Pad anymore and is therefore following the
HTC Touch HD
which was HTC's first Touch smartphone without a D-Pad.
Like the original HTC Touch Diamond, the Touch Diamond2 features a glossy
housing but the battery cover isn't diamond shaped anymore. The 5 megapixel
autofocus camera on the back comes without a supporting photo light and as most
of the recent HTC Touch smartphones, also the Touch Diamond2 doesn't have a
dedicated camera shutter key anymore:
The European release of the HTC Touch Diamond2 is planned for Q2-2009. Beside
which announced plans to launch the HTC Touch Diamond2 as the
Compact V, it's not yet known which other mobile operators might carry the
Touch Diamond2 as well.
Also don't miss our short
hands-on videoview of the HTC Touch Diamond2 I was able to record
during last week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Cheers ~ Arne