HTC announces S740, think Touch Pro’s baby brother

By on August 26, 2008 at 4:01 AM.

HTC announces S740, think Touch Pro’s baby brother

HTC Touch Diamond not working out for you? We get it, you want a physical QWERTY keyboard. Oh, Touch Pro a little too big? You want something a little more simpler, huh? Starting today, HTC looks to fill that gap. They’ve just announced the HTC S740 and it features the same styling as the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro, features a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, and a numerical keyboard on the front. The only difference? It runs Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard. Here’s a run down of the specs:

  • 116.3 x 43.4 x 16.3 mm
  • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • WCDMA/HSDPA: 900/2100 MHz (we’d guess there is a 850/1900MHz UMTS/HSDPA version in the works, supports HSDPA 3.6Mbps and HSDPA 7.2Mbps)
  • 2.4″ QVGA screen
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • Qualcomm® MSM7225, 528 MHz
  • 256MB flash ROM, 256MB RAM
  • microSD slot
  • 140g
  • 1000mAh battery
  • Wi-Fi b,g
  • aGPS
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • FM radio

Pretty much the most feature-packed Windows Mobile Standard device, no? Enjoy the pics while we phone up our HTC ninjas — we want this thing!

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Sprint preparing HTC Touch Diamond in red?

By on August 14, 2008 at 5:31 PM.

Sprint preparing HTC Touch Diamond in red?

Usually carriers wait until a device has been on the market a while before re-releasing it in myriad colors. If these promo shots are to be believed, however, it looks like Sprint might be planning a preemptive color strike. The shots depict the upcoming Sprint version of the HTC Touch Diamond in full red regalia. The black is pretty becoming on the Diamond’s diminutive exterior, but the red is certainly looking to be an attractive option. As with all rumors, it’s entirely possible that this is a Photoshop dupe job, but we wouldn’t be shocked if the red Touch Diamond dropped alongside the black when it finally hits store shelves sometime in the next month or two. Specs are expected to be identical to the black version, which is to say the handset will still be a pretty formidable presence and should slot in at the top of Sprint’s smartphone lineup.

[Via WMExperts]

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Opera Mobile 9.5 delayed

By on July 14, 2008 at 5:31 PM.

Opera Mobile 9.5 delayed

When we reviewed the HTC Touch Diamond, we noted that one of the most impressive features of the handset was its excellent web browser. The gesture support, text reformatting, and speed placed it on par with the likes of the iPhone’s Safari as one of the best mobile browsers experiences available to consumers. As it turns out, HTC is using a version of Opera’s Mobile 9.5 browser, software that was supposed to see a general public release by early July. Unfortunately, Opera has just announced that they have delayed the release of the browser until further notice July 17th. Apparently, the beta period revealed a number of bugs that have sent developers back to the drawing board. So sad. Check out the full statement from Opera below, and commence crying…now:

Some things in life don’t go according to plan — at least not in software development. We knew when we announced a release date before we finished development that a showstopper bug might be found that could alter the actual date we release the beta. 

As you can imagine, we encountered a few bugs last week that we needed to fix before we launch. Our engineering team worked through the weekend to fix the bugs. Even though our release is a beta, we’d rather spend the extra time to fix them, thus giving you a better experience. The fixes are almost complete now, but we need two more days to run the build through our quality assurance testing. The new launch date is now set for the 17th.

We’re disappointed to delay, but fixing these bugs will improve the experience with our beta and let you fully test the browser.

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HTC announces Touch Diamond on Telus, Canadians run wild through the streets

By on July 3, 2008 at 3:01 PM.

HTC announces Touch Diamond on Telus, Canadians run wild through the streets

Get ready for this one, folks. HTC has just announced that Telus will be the first North American carrier to offer the new HTC Touch Diamond. The handset will be offered “later this summer” for the low price of $149.99, though you’ll have to sign away 3 years of your wireless life. Telus also offers some pretty attractive data options, including a $15/month plan for unlimited email and IM, and $30/month for unlimited email, IM, and browsing. Not bad at all. We’re still waiting on official confirmation from HTC, but chances are good that this thing will be running EV-DO Rev. A, providing full 3G data speed in addition to the TouchFLO 3D interface, 4GB of internal flash memory, and much more .The Touch Diamond is one of the most coveted handsets to come out of the Windows Mobile camp in recent memory, so Telus has certainly scored a win by getting their hands on this before anyone else on the continent. Sure, we’ll see a Sprint version of this before too long, and chances are good that AT&T is planning their own variant, but first is first.

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Verizon’s upcoming launch schedule detailed in leak

By on July 1, 2008 at 5:08 AM.

Verizon’s upcoming launch schedule detailed in leak

If you’re a Verizon subscriber looking to grab a new handset within the next several months, you’re about to have a lot lot be happy about. If these leaks are to be believed, the carrier is getting set to unveil a host of exciting new handsets. First up is the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro, both of which are clearly destined for the CDMA stable. There are no dates associated with these releases just yet, but we’re guessing a mid-fall release wouldn’t be out of the question. Next up is the Motorola Blaze which should hit stores by the 22nd of September. The Treo 800w is on there, but doesn’t have any specific date info, while the as-yet-unidentified Samsung SCH-U31 makes its first known appearance. There are a couple more slated for release in the next month or two, but the Touch Diamond and Touch Pro are the real gems here, no?

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HTC Touch Diamond giveaway reminder!

By on June 5, 2008 at 2:58 PM.

HTC Touch Diamond giveaway reminder!

First off, thanks to everyone who has sent in pictures so far! Just a reminder to everyone else that the HTC Touch Diamond giveaway is running until this Sunday evening, so you still got time to get that entry in! Quick recap of the official rules:

  • Contest will run from now until Sunday June 8th at 11:59PM ET. 
  • Winner will be announced the following day, on Monday June 9th.
  • To enter, send us a shot of you doing your best BG “gang sign.” Most creative entry wins!
  • Send the photo to htctouch at boygeniusreport dot com
  • If you’re shy, don’t worry about sending in a picture with your face, we’re accepting all entries!
  • You may enter once and only once. We’ll make a gallery with all the entries.
  • Commenting does not enter you in the running!
  • This contest is open to everyone, including international readers!
We told you to be creative…
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