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UNCONFIRMED: Sprint and Verizon to launch the HTC Touch Pro as HTC Herman and HTC Raphael
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 05.08.08 - 17:35:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 22383x
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In addition to the HTC Touch Diamond information for Sprint and Verizon, also received information about an upcoming North American HTC Touch Pro launch. According to these information, both, Sprint and Verizon, will release a CDMA version of HTC's upcoming HTC Touch Pro and like the GSM/UMTS version, the North American versions will also feature the 5-rows slide-out keyboard which Sprint's internal code-name is "HTC Herman" while Verizon calls it "HTC Raphael". This speaks for the fact that Sprint's Touch Pro will have the same design as the upcoming T-Mobile MDA Vario IV while Verizon's version will most likely look like the original HTC Touch Pro.

And while Sprint's HTC Herman also runs on the original HTC Touch Diamond Qualcomm 7501A chipset at 528 MHz, Verizon's HTC Rapahel only runs on a Qualcomm 7500 chipset with 400 MHz processor. Other differences are the memory: While the Sprint's Herman is expected to feature 512 MB ROM and 256 MB RAM, Verizon's Raphael is expected to feature 512 MB of ROM but 128 MB of RAM only while both smartphones support memory expansion through microSD cards:

Last but not least, Sprint's Herman will have the accelerometer while Verizon's Raphael lacks it, even if the original HTC Touch Pro has it onboard as well.
Nevertheless, both devices share HTC Touch Pro features like WiFi b/G, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and the 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with photo light.

It's expected that the Sprint HTC Herman will be available with Sprint early October while the Verizon HTC Raphael will follow 30 days after.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by The Nirajinous Zone on 05.08.08 - 20:37:05

I just don't understand Verizon's mentality on this. They finally have a smartphone that not only pleases the eye with its aesthetics, but its user interface is leaps and bounds better than anything WinMo has had to offer...ever...and they cripple it? They actually REMOVE specs that the phone originally comes with?

My entire family, my fiance and her entire family are all on Verizon so Ive been forced to go with them as well...but my tech savvy soul is bleeding right now. Why is it so god damn difficult to get a carrier in North America that has everything? If I switch to Sprint, I have an excellent choice of cdma phoneage, but substandard service. If I stick with Verizon, I wont drop a single call but I'll be forced to use crippled hardware that already months to years old, and only able to use their propriatary accessories. If I go to ATT, it seems I get damn near everything...but highly dependent on my location. Oh and I risk the chance that they will sell my private data to Big Brother ta boot.

I think I need to move.

Posted by DS on 13.08.08 - 16:01:12

I agree. I have been with Verizon for many many years. They do have a great network, but we pay the price with their backwards mentality. Removing the G-Sensor function is stupid. I have complained over and over about how they are behind the curve on hardware and it falls on deaf ears. This is the final straw. My junk Palm Treo (phone part) quit working after only 18 months. I was carrying it and using a flip phone so I could keep my contacts with me just waiting for Verizon to get the HTC Pro. Finally last week I bought a PN-820 just to get by because it appeared that Verizon was going to stay true to form by being the last to get a half way decent phone. Then I see they finally are and they cut the features. I'm done. I don't care about the network anymore. If I have to go back to the early nineties when dropped calls were normal, I will, but I want a decent phone.

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