Well that sure took a while. As the rest of the world had the honor of being part of HTC’s launch markets for the up and coming HTC Touch Diamond, the US has had to wait for HTC to push their US-spec HTC Touch Diamond through the FCC. The HTC Touch Diamond already passed FCC tests in Euro-trim, but this latest approval gives the US-spec Diamond a thumbs-up for US duty.
Sure, devoted ROM cooks were able to give the Euro-spec HTC Touch Diamond some 850Mhz frequency capability. And then HTC came out with their own ROM update that gave the HTC Touch Diamond EDGE-support on the 850Mhz band. But, without a dedicated 850/1900Mhz 3G radio under the hood, the HTC Touch Diamond just couldn’t crack the US market like we’d hoped.
But, as they say, the longer the wait, the sweeter the reward. And, with the fully US-3G compatible HTC Touch Diamond getting the greenlight from the FCC, we’re finding ourselves giddy with excitement for the iPhone-fighting HTC Touch Diamond to put its VGA display up against all smartphone competitors in The States.
For now, all we have to go on is an image of the FCC label. But, seeing as how the world is well-versed in all things Diamond, a simple label is more than enough for now. HTC Touch Diamond – next stop, the US!
Here’s a quick rundown on the HTC Touch Diamond spec-sheet:
- Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional
- TouchFLO 3D
- 256MB ROM / 192MB RAM
- 4GB storage
- Qualcomm MSM 7201A @ 528MHz
- Quad-band (850/900/1800/1900Mhz) GSM/EDGE
- Dual-band (850/1900Mhz) HSPA
- 2.8″ VGA (480×640) touchscreen display (!)
- Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
- Orientation sensor
- FM Radio
- 3.2MP auto-focus camera
- Front-facing VGA camera
- 900mAh battery