HTC Touch Diamond lands Down Under

HTC has announced the Australian availability of the Touch Diamond in Sydney today, with the phone set to hit these shores between the end of July and early August.

HTC has announced the Australian availability of the Touch Diamond in Sydney today, with the phone set to hit these shores between the end of July and early August.

The phone will be exclusive to Telstra, with a recommended retail price of AU$999, or at no upfront cost on an AU$80 Telstra phone plan for 24 months.

The Touch Diamond will be advertised as having 7.2Mbps upload speed and 3.2Mbps download speed. However, when asked about the network speeds consumers could expect, Ross Fielding, executive director of product management for Telstra, said average speeds will be "around 3 [Mbps]".

Like all HTC phones to date, the Touch Diamond will run on Windows Mobile. Although, the Touch Diamond will sport an HTC-developed user interface on top of the operating system, named TouchFLO 3D, which will feature 3D icons.

Despite running on Windows Mobile 6.1, the default Web browser in the Touch Diamond is Opera 9.5. Speaking at the launch of the device today, communications sector director Kevin Brough said he saw IE and Opera as "equally as good".

The phone also features 640x480, 2.8-inch VGA display; Bluetooth; Wi-Fi; a 3.2-megapixel camera; and 4GB of flash memory; while GPS in the device will integrate with Telstra services such as Sensis and Foxtel mobile TV.

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