In Two Weeks, You’ll Have a Diamond

At least through Sprint, that is. Today, the wireless carrier, trying to be more Ferris Bueller and less Cameron Frye, announced that it would be carrying both the HTC Diamond and the HTC Touch Pro, which feature that company’s TouchFlo 3D interface, one of the more innovative touchscreen interfaces from a consumer electronics company not named after fruit. Varying little from the unlocked Diamond we reviewed in June, Sprint’s version of the touchscreen smartphone (which will retail for $249.99 with a 2-year contract and $100 rebate) features a 2.8 inch high-resolution VGA display, an Opera-powered browser, Wi-Fi, a customized YouTube application, a 3.2MP camera, and access to Sprint TV. From the early press images, Sprint has modified the UI a little bit, as the icons that run along the bottom of the screen are different from the unlocked version. The Touch Pro is similar to the Diamond, but has a slide-out five-row QWERTY keyboard, and will be available on Oct. 19 for $299.99 (with a two-year contract and after a $100 mail-in rebate). According to Sprint’s press release, the Touch Pro also features a microSD card slot (1 GB card included) and a business card scanner application. Both phones, which run Windows Mobile 6.1, will also feature applications for e-mail, threaded messaging, photos, contacts, weather, and music, according to the press release. Neatest of all is the built-in accelerometer, which senses when the phone is being moved in space, and adjusts the screen to compensate. Let’s hope Sprint kept the really cool game that was on the unlocked version. We’ll have hands-on with both the Diamond and the Touch Pro later today. Stay tuned.

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