You all probably remember the huge success of the HTC Touch, where actually HTC solf 1 milllion units in 5 months [ref01]. Both de mass consumermarket as well as the business market liked the device because of it’s break-through formfactor and TouchFLO interface.
This week two new devices leaked to continue the HTC Touch-saga, namely the HTC Opal and the HTC Touch HD. The HTC Opal has a similar casing like its predecessor, but the device has a Windows Mobile 6.1 ROM onboard. The other specifications look rather similar, the device is positioned as a low-entry device, so the pricepoint should be really interesting.
The second device has still the “touch” in its naming, where the characters HD are added. Pocket PC Thoughts has a really nice description for the HTC Touch HD, while for additional info and visual size comparisons you should check out Modaco [ref01]:
What you see on-screen is an HTC Touch HD sized the same as an iPhone 3G, but with so much more: a 480 x 800 (WVGA) touch screen, a Qualcomm 7201A 528MHz CPU, 288MB RAM, 512MB ROM, HSDPA connectivity, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 5.0-megapixel camera (sans flash, unfortunately), a microSD slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional. Word on the street is it’ll be here before Christmas. [ref05]
Both the devices are interesting due to its positioning. With the whole hype around the “touch-based” devices HTC might persue to get some market share in the “budget market”, where Nokia has some large share in Europe.
The HTC Touch HD is a real nice competitor for the Samsung Omnia, and the WVGA screen really is a unique selling point. Also it might be a competitor for Apple’s iPhone since the physical appearance shows anologies.
With a 3.5 mm headphone jack it also has good music player capabilities, so I could think of a version without a GSM module and a large ammount of flash memory added.
Concluding I would like to recommend to check out the additional eye candy on Modaco !!
According to Windows Mobile Italy, the HTC Opal is officially called HTC Viva. There are also some real nice pictures available as well as a data- / specificationsheet !!
- MODACO: Introducing… the HTC Touch HD
- PHONEMAG: Rumor: HTC Opal is HTC Touch follow up
- CRACKBERRY: HTC Touch HD
- THEUNWIRED: UNVEILED: HTC Opal Windows Mobile Smartphone sighted
- POCKETPCTHOUGHTS: HTC Touch HD makes an early appearance
- ENGADGET: HTC Touch shipments hit the million mark in five months
- WINDOWS MOBILE ITALY: HTC Touch Viva: this is the official name of the HTC Opal *NEW*