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HTC readies Touch 3G, Touch Viva

updated 12:20 pm EDT, Mon September 15, 2008

HTC Touch 3G and Viva

Following its low-key posting of the Touch HD, HTC today has also tipped its hand regarding two more conventional touchscreen phones. The Touch 3G is a direct sequel to the original Touch with a slightly slimmer design and its namesake 3G Internet access over HSDPA. It also brings a sharper 3.2-megapixel camera and GPS but is separated from the Touch Diamond by its lower-resolution 240x320 screen, the absence of Wi-Fi and a dependence on microSDHC cards.

The Diamond's newer TouchFLO interface appears intact but with less detail, reflecting the simpler display.

Black, blue, brown and gold versions of the Touch 3G will be available in October and will primarily land in Europe. It's not known whether the device fully supports North America, though the Diamond and past examples have often launched with only 2G in the US and Canada but later released with full network access.

The Touch Viva is considered the budget entry and is functionally closer to the first Touch with the absence of HSDPA and a lower-resolution two-megapixel camera. It sports GPS and Wi-Fi and uses microSDHC for content. HTC is prepping the Viva for October and ships it in a solitary gray color scheme. [via Pocket-lint]

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  1. bjojade

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2007


    Just got it

    Well, since AT&T isn't an option for me, I just took possession of an HTC Touch 6900 about 5 minutes ago. While it's not an iPhone by any stretch, it's proving to be pretty impressive. I love the size of it and the fact that you can use a normal USB cable with it is beautiful.

  1. jhawk95

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2006


    Normal USB??

    What do you mean by "Normal" USB. This does not have a 6 pin to 6 pin USB cable. This has a 6 pin to 4 pin USB. Not sure i would call that standard. And looking at the shape of the 4 pin on the USB shows it to be the 4 pin type that Sprint typically uses which is hard to find in the third-party community.

    That phone also has no working GPS... it will not be available until a so-called Rev. A update. When will that come out? Sprint is horrible at getting working updates released and then you usually have to go into a Sprint store to get the update. And don't even get me started on what all that entails.

  1. WiseWeasel

    Junior Member

    Joined: Apr 1999


    WinMo - Yawn

    Meh, just another kludgey Windows Mobile phone... Wake me when they make one with an OS worth using. This would be a sweet Android or LiMo phone, once those OS are ready for primetime...

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: Normal USB

    Yeah, it doesn't look like a standard USB cable, but a HTC ExtUSBâ„¢ connector (whatever that is). And lest we forget, the iPhone uses a non-standard cable too, but that's neither here nor there.

    My RAZR is nice in that I can use a standard 4-pin USB cable, which is a standard spec and works with all the cables I tried it with.

    Although for file transfer, Bluetooth is quick and easy and doesn't require a cable.

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