Sprint has become the first US carrier to launch the Touch Diamond, and oh how pretty it is. The CDMA variant no doubt resembles the GSM original, but has received a curvy makeover resulting in a more refined look and better in-hand feel. The defining feature- the diamond faceted back- has been replaced with a controversial soft touch burgundy battery cover that some hate, but we're pretty fond of. It adds a few mm in thickness thanks to a beefed up 1350mAh battery (the original was only 900) but we'd argue that the overall feel is better on the CDMA variation. TouchFLO 3D is of course there and is smoother than ever, perhaps due to the processor bump to 528MHz and increase to 288MB RAM. Other features remain similar to the original; there is a 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera, accelerometer, Opera Mobile 9.5 and Wi-Fi. HSDPA cellular data has been replaced by EVDO Rev. A, and Sprint TV has been added to the device along with the Music Store for OTA downloads. All in all, we're already very impressed and can't wait to dive in further!
Look for our full CDMA Touch Diamond review shortly!