Sprint HTC Touch Pro 2 / Rhodium to come in June; live pics leaked

Step aside, T-Mobile, because you’re not the only US mobile operator to launch the high-end HTC Touch Pro 2 (as T-Mobile Wing II).

Sprint will do it too, and it looks like the CDMA carrier will release the smartphone sometime in mid-June (not long after the Palm Pre becomes available), possibly under the name of HTC Rhodium.

The Sprint Users forum has some live images with the Rhodium / Touch Pro 2, showing it to be quite similar to T-Mobile’s version – of course, the main difference between the two is that Sprint’s has EVDO Rev. A connectivity, while T-Mobile’s is a GSM/HSDPA handset.

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Feature-wise, the Touch Pro 2 will bring stuff like a WVGA touchscreen display, a full QWERTY keyboard, 3.2MP autofocus camera, Wi-Fi, GPS and Straight Talk technology. The device is obviously one of the coolest Sprint ever had – however, those who are not into Windows Mobile will most probably choose the Palm Pre over HTC’s smartphone.

No word yet on the price of Sprint’s HTC Touch Pro 2, but you should know that the carrier is currently selling the original Touch Pro for $299 on contract.

Via Engadget

Author: Ilinca Nita

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  • Serg

    I love the phone, but not sprint, so ill have to get the unlocked to go with AT&T or T-Mobile….

  • YoYoMAMMA

    WTFFFFFFFFFFFFF DID SPRINT DO TO IT!!!!! They blacked that out hardcore!! Personally, does not look good at all! BUT. not gonna stop me from getting it, just have to change the battery cover :) PATIENTLY WAITING!!

  • The Dark Lord

    Aloha,

    Agree, It looked so sexy when HTC released it. WTFFFFFFFFF is that orange ugly color. They made the Touch Pro look so sexy and then this … pretty disappointing … But, anything is better then AT&T or T-mobile that is always behind any trend. If you find a better back cover, let me know where … thx

    U love the phone but you want to stay with AT&T??????? WTF would you do that???? They have no customer loyalty like any other carrier and you know this version is going to have the European/Asian HSDPA on it. SO again, tell me why you would stay with AT&T? Fuck them … worst carier ever worked with … All they want is your money, don't really care about anything else. Cannot believe that Apple is working just with them … iPhone is very nice, but AT&T, thanks, but no thanks …

    The Dark Lord

  • akaKJB

    I decided this was going to be my next phone as soon as I saw the first materials leaked on Engadget. The back cover doesn't make me want it any less. I've been using my Titan / Mogul now for quite a while and while I love it, I'm ready for the upgrade (the Touch Pro wasn't quite enough of an upgrade to get me to switch). This bad boy is just the coolest thing to come down the pipe in ages and all the WinMo haters need to just get a life. I loved the Palm OS on my old Kyoceras (the 7135 is still my favorite phone of all time – I really wish we'd see a nice clamshell design like that with a keyboard, wifi & bluetooth – loved the touch screen and media player with the ability to run most Palm apps) but it'll have to prove itself with the new version in the Pre before I get all gooey about it. WinMo is just like any other OS, there are ways to make it work well and ways to crash the hell out of it. Mine works nicely on my Mogul, thank you very much. And Sprint may not be the best but I'll take them over AT&T and T-Mobile any day of the week. And don't even get me started on Verizon.

  • http://www.retaggr.com/page/natemylott nate

    You are more right about AT&T than you probably know. I sold them for two years when it was Cingular. This was during the TDMA to GSM switch over in Connecticut. At that time, Cingular did have outstanding coverage, though I did get dropped calls more often than I ever did on Tmobile or Sprint.

    But I can tell you from personal experience the complete incompetence of their customer service centers, the complete apathy and vindictive, spiteful attitude of their reps, and the little “oops” scams they would pull over and over again to cheat you out of more money. I still hear the stories to this day of them doing the same shit. I even blogged about it a little on http://stinkywap.funformobile.com.

    I started out a loyal customer but after working there and having them screw up and cheat me on two separate accounts of mine, I will never give them another penny of my money. If I was dying of thirst and they had the only water supply in the world I would let them take another coin I worked to earn. They are the filthy lowlife company of the wireless industry. No matter how great the iPhone is, I will never have one as long as Apple stays stupid and continues to cheat themselves out of 73% of the wireless marketshare. I got an iPod Touch, same exact thing as an iPhone, and I use my HTC Touch Pro on Sprint's blinding fast data network and put up a wifi hotspot using an app called Walking Hotspot, and my iPod functions just like an iPhone. So I get the best of both worlds and I can get online on my laptop with it.

    Tmobile has good customer service but both them and AT&T are stuck on 90's technology. No self respecting smartphone owner would waste a powerful phone like the Touch Pro 2 on a technologically backwards GSM carrier like AT&T or Tmob.

  • http://www.retaggr.com/page/natemylott nate

    I'm conflicted about the Palm Pre or the Touch Pro 2. I couldn't wait to get a Pre but now that the time is here, I may just stick with Windows Mobile and the Touch Pro 2. I have had constant aggravation with Windows Mobile on two phones. But here's the thing: there are countless apps out there for Windows Mobile and a lot of support for it. There are lots of services I've found that only work on WM or that work on WM first. There's countless free apps that do anything you can think of because it's so open for people to write their own apps.

    And it's so customizable, it's crazy. There are so many alternative interfaces for it that change the look and feel of it so much it's like having a new phone. There's TouchFlo, Winterface, SPB Mobile Shell, Point UI Home 2 plus free ones like iFonz 1 and iFonz 2, Throttle Launcher. All of them are excellent in their own ways and fully customizable. You can do that on any other platform. And there are apps to tweak just about any function on the phone or add new functionality.

    I have the Touch Pro now and I love it. The hardware is better than Palm. The keys on all Palm phones are so tiny it's almost insulting. The Centro had keys so small I literally questioned the intelligence of the design team. The Pre is also an odd shape and not nearly as attractive as the TP2. The TP2 looks like it kicks ass and takes names. The Pre is just kinda cool. But typing on a Touch Pro is very comfortable as the buttons are the right size and spaced far enough apart. I won't go on and on about how great my phone is, but the point is, the hardware is better than the Pre.

    So people complain about Windows Mobile nonstop and love to talk about its demise. But the fact is, if you know how to wor with it and maintain it to keep it running smoothly, and if you can have some patience with it, there are tremendous advantages to it over other phone OS's. It's not as bad as people make it out to be.

    Windows on your desktop IS that bad but Windows Mobile, while it is nowhere near as stable, innovative or user friendly as Web OS or possibly Android, it is still superior to those OS's in other more important ways. If I switched to the Pre, there are a lot of apps I wouldn't be able to run anymore that give me important functions I can't do on the Pre. So think carefully about what you want to do with your phone before switching to the new system.

  • sydney

    it looks ugly all black im still gonna get it but i dont want them to change the name

  • http://twitter.com/itslikesovonni Vonni

    I sooooooo lvoed the Pre until I heard no Microsoft Office. Immediately I lost it. I personally will not try Palm's comeback phone nor the millions of problems it will have as theyll hav to work the kinks out of it. BUt no microsoft word is insAAAAAAANE!

  • http://www.classcreator.com/ Brad

    It looks fantastic all black Diiferent strokes, different folks!

  • http://twitter.com/asustud3 asustud3

    I really like what I'm seeing in this phone! I gotta check this one out soon!!!! Go Sprint!!!

  • L ALLAN

    Well, where is it?!?! I hate it when they lead people on. Probably won't see the TP2 'til NOV.

  • James

    Yes, enough with the waiting!

  • singhaydsaywattnguyen

    haha this phone gettss off its hella fukken sexy!
    if uu think its ugly idk wta the fukk is wron with yhu?!?!?!
    lols also finally gonna gett it butt from t-mobile D;
    well uhmm hope not a lot of ppl at my skool haave it
    cuzz u kno i lyk being diffrent haaha ;;D
    thannkkss to whoever made it cuzz its my drreaaammmm phhhooonnnnee!!! <3333

  • Name

    Sprint Customer Solutions <ecare2@cc.sprintpcs.com>
    to Shane <shane*****@gmail.com>
    date Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 7:57 PM
    subject Re: Care #20090902170920 (General Inquiry – General Inquiry) (KMM63585290I15977L0KM)

    hide details 7:57 PM (11 hours ago)

    Dear Shane,

    Thank you for contacting Sprint. I am happy to assist you with the
    release of Rhodium.

    The expected launch date of HTC Touch Pro 2 is September 08, 2009. It
    will be available after September 08, 2009 through the following
    channels:

    Sprint.com
    Telesales
    Sales Representatives

    We value your business and appreciate the opportunity to serve you.

    Sincerely,
    Brandon M.
    Sprint

  • Name

    Sprint Customer Solutions <ecare2@cc.sprintpcs.com>
    to Shane <shane*****@gmail.com>
    date Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 7:57 PM
    subject Re: Care #20090902170920 (General Inquiry – General Inquiry) (KMM63585290I15977L0KM)

    hide details 7:57 PM (11 hours ago)

    Dear Shane,

    Thank you for contacting Sprint. I am happy to assist you with the
    release of Rhodium.

    The expected launch date of HTC Touch Pro 2 is September 08, 2009. It
    will be available after September 08, 2009 through the following
    channels:

    Sprint.com
    Telesales
    Sales Representatives

    We value your business and appreciate the opportunity to serve you.

    Sincerely,
    Brandon M.
    Sprint