HTC to launch Touch Diamond with Sprint this month, Android phones in Q4?

HTC to launch Touch Diamond with Sprint this month, Android phones in Q4?
An article in The China Post about HTC’s market position points to some interesting information on upcoming phones of the Taiwanese manufacturer. Cheng Hui-ming, Chief Financial Officer, is quoted to say that an HTC handset with Google's Android OS will be released in the fourth quarter, and wireless operators are showing more interest. Also, the yet unofficial CDMA-variant of the Touch Diamond is claimed to start selling through Sprint this month. It has already scored the FCC approval so we can just hope this will really happen.

HTC Touch Diamond Preliminary Specifications

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30 Comments

1. unregistered

any word on when this will release on vzw? no need for all you bashers to start crying about how vzw takes forever. it's a simple question and requires a simple answer.

2. unregistered

with a phone like this I do believe sprint has an exclusive on it for a given amount of time. When this happens VZW tends to release a better device rather than take a while testing it. Having worked for both companies I would say that VZW wont carry this phone.

3. unregistered

why wouldnt they carry the phone? if u worked for verizon b4, then u would no that verizon is in fact getting the device

4. unregistered

I'd expect exclusivity of 30 to 45 days, especially having in mind there already are rumors for VZW getting it ...

18. unregistered

I know there is a lot of "rumor" about this phone coming to VZW but I need concrete PROOF!!! I, personally would love to see this phone come to VZW. I don't know if anyone here remembers but ealier this year, HTC was supposed to release the Iris. It too was a rumor and showed up on Phonearena's site as one of Verizon's upcoming phones. It never happened!!! I really don't know what the deal with HTC is. They are good company when it comes to PDAs. They released great PDAs for each on of the top four companies: Mogul (Sprint), XV6800 (Verizon's Mogul variant), Wing (T-Mobile), and Tilt (AT&T). But out of those four, only the XV6800 is next to impossible to find support for on HTC's website. The Mogul is there but there are little differences between the two devices. Let's just HOPE this doesn't happen when the Diamond hits America. And if a Verizon version of this phone is truly in the works, then I am ready to upgrade my XV6800 when it comes out. Then again, I just might opt for the Raphael (another rumor).

5. unregistered

well since this phone is coming for VERIZON...i would guess it would be around chirstmas time maybe even november if we get lucky...and this is becasue of all the testing they go through....but i have no idea how long the exclusivity with sprint is

6. dumbasses unregistered

it is not an exclusive product for sprint and should not be advertised as such, my Dad works for HTC marketing and knows this device is coming to VZW in November, and it will have some enhancements.

7. unregistered

can you provide more details without your dad getting in trouble? enhancements? november? how exciting! i can't wait to use my new-every-two for at least a partial discount on this beauty.

8. unregistered

Would you also please elaborate and/or confirm the rumor that the HTC Diamond is coming to Sprint in August?

23. LessthanZach

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 29, 2008

I have official training documents for Sprint (my buddy works there, I work for VZ Dub) that show the GSM variant pictures but explicitly state the names of the phones and specs. FYI, the sprint will NOT have the Diamond OR the Touch Pro, simply put: VZW will. The document (Competitive Comparison)which I am more than happy to send to anyone who does not believe me, shows Sprints as being called the "Herman" (I have to chuckle at that name), it will be aluminum cased whereas VZWs will be the Raphael with slightly different specs and stainless steel casing. The processor for Sprint is the Qualcom 7501A 528 MHZ 32MB ISM. The VZW is Qualcom 7500, 400 MHZ 64MB ISM. The Herman has 256 RAM and Raphael is 128 MB RAM, both have 256 ROM. The Herman has a "Motion G" Sensor, basically an accelerometer. Both are Rev A out of the box, aluminum framed, WIFI B/G, 3.2 Megapix AF lenses with flash, and have internal GPS, OPERA browsers and touchflo 3D. For the "Diamond": Sprint: 7501A processor, 256 ram and rom and 4 GB of flash memory(!!!!), motion G sensor, no mem card expansion, rev a out of box, and all the same from above. VZW: 7500, 256 ROM 128 Ram, no motion G, mem card expansion slot, Rev A upgradeable (means will be out first), and finally the sweet stainless steel casing. SPRINTS: called the Victor (lol, have to laugh again) VZWS: Diamond ENJOI

26. jojomexi

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 05, 2008

hey i really hope you reply to this, but i also work for sprint, and am wondering where you found this information at?? i would like to know for future reference!! please and thanks

27. unregistered

Ouch - no memcard expansion on the Sprint version? That could be a real pain in the butt...

9. unregistered

i know for a fact that alltel is supposed to get this phone as well this month. so if a company being bought out and this small is getting the diamond then its obviously not exclusive

10. unregistered

im a advocate for the diamond at my store and the diamond and the pro will be 30 day exclusives. the pro will launch october 2nd 1 month after the diamond.

11. unregistered

well since both companies are running on CDMA why cant the one on sprint work on vzw? jw

12. unregistered

Enhancements meaning making the thing work like crap or overcharging for data?

15. unregistered

I was thinking more along the lines of locking it down from OTA downloads (unless you are paying for them from VZX) or maybe a lower quality housing like they did with the 6900. I wonder if they will launch it with the HTC name or rebrand it like they have done in the past.

22. LessthanZach

Posts: 106; Member since: Apr 29, 2008

VZW does not lock down OTA downloads on their PDAs. I know because I have the 6900 and I downloaded around 15 third party apps for free from freewarepocketpc.net and several other sites. And Verizon I AM sure will rebrand it. I have official training documents for Sprint (my buddy works there, I work for VZ Dub) that show the GSM variant pictures but explicitly state the names of the phones and specs. FYI, the sprint will NOT have the Diamond OR the Touch Pro, simply put: VZW will. The document (Competitive Comparison)which I am more than happy to send to anyone who does not believe me, shows Sprints as being called the "Herman" (I have to chuckle at that name), it will be aluminum cased whereas VZWs will be the Raphael with slightly different specs and stainless steel casing. The processor for Sprint is the Qualcom 7501A 528 MHZ 32MB ISM. The VZW is Qualcom 7500, 400 MHZ 64MB ISM. The Herman has 256 RAM and Raphael is 128 MB RAM, both have 256 ROM. The Herman has a "Motion G" Sensor, basically an accelerometer. Both are Rev A out of the box, aluminum framed, WIFI B/G, 3.2 Megapix AF lenses with flash, and have internal GPS, OPERA browsers and touchflo 3D. For the "Diamond": Sprint: 7501A processor, 256 ram and rom and 4 GB of flash memory(!!!!), motion G sensor, no mem card expansion, rev a out of box, and all the same from above. VZW: 7500, 256 ROM 128 Ram, no motion G, mem card expansion slot, Rev A upgradeable (means will be out first), and finally the sweet stainless steel casing. SPRINTS: called the Victor (lol, have to laugh again) VZWS: Diamond ENJOI

13. unregistered

This phone will be released for Verizon in quarter 4. That's what my higher up managment is telling me. We will be recieving the Touch Pro and Diamond.

14. unregistered

To the guy who said Alltel is getting this phone, thats entirely 100% wrong. Reason is most companies are holding because Verizon buying Alltel. Alltel is a done deal... No reason to produce phones for a company that has till the end of the year.

16. unregistered

i wish there was a more open forum from the cell companies themselves instead of all of our guessing. i love vzw but would love them more if there was more open communication from them instead of all the secrecy. i'm sure the same goes for customers from other companies. vzw's common response is 'we can't tell you more b/c we don't want to give empty promises'... in summary.

17. unregistered

I think it's more about them not trying to sell you a phone that's coming out in November. They'd much rather you buy a phone now.

20. unregistered

yeah you're right, but with my new every two, i wouldn't have to pay anything for say, a BB curve. with the diamond, i'd have to pay money, and am willing to pay money. though i guess your point would say that i'd have to pay full price for the diamond if i used my new every two right now! oh just the anticipation of the diamond is killing me!!!! i also feel that if the diamond is coming out for sprint in late august/early sept as suggested, vzw can't be far behind, can it?!

28. unregistered

Sprint will be releasing their version of the diamond September 2nd

19. unregistered

I heard pickles can whistle.

21. unregistered

actually, pickles get whistled.

24. unregistered

The Sprint verison is branded as the diamond I know because the SKU to sell it is already available in their system the SRP is 549.99 and the discounted price is still being worked out. they already have set reps who will be recieving the phone very shortly to train everyone in their stores. I saw all of the paperwork when I was in the store.

25. jrcrow unregistered

touch diamond is crap compared to the touch Pro and Raphael is the same phone..r they the same??

29. Titus unregistered

will i was just at the sprint store and demo-ed the diamnond, and you can contact sprint for more info on the phone. sprint does have exclusive rights to the processor in the phone, and the VZW version runs a 400mz processor instead of the 528mz of the sprint

30. jason15334 unregistered

The HTC diamond is exclusive to SPrint and is being released to them on September 6th. You all can't get anything straight.

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