HTC Obsession/Diamond3 to Launch on AT&T, T-Mobile USA With WinMo 7
As you can tell by the headline, this is a pretty juicy rumor coming hot off the presses, but I preface this rumor with a disclaimer: it’s from “reliable sources”. Sometimes I fear that various websites use that term too liberally, considering we have no way of knowing whether it’s really from reliable sources or if the article’s author is talking out of his behind. But for what it’s worth, I hope this rumor is true. Let’s get down to business.
According to WMPowerUser, the HTC Diamond3 is coming as a GSM handset with Windows Mobile 7 on it. It will be rebranded as the HTC Obsession and could be released as early as June 2010 (“but may be delayed somewhat”, they say, which means don’t realistically expect it in June) on both AT&T and T-Mobile. Not only will it come with WM7 loaded (and for sure will NOT be starting out as a 6.5 device, they claim), it will have a 3.7″ AMOLED touchscreen and Snapdragon processor.
Even just a month ago any rumor-maker would’ve been laughed off their own website if they declared WM7 would be coming to the US mainstream as early as June. Most early reports had estimated a late 2010-early 2011 release of the new mobile OS. Ever since the New Year, however, we have heard mumblings through the grapevine that WM7 could be shown off at MWC in February. If this actually does happen, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see WM7 show up en masse by this summer. Especially if AT&T loses iPhone exclusivity and the 4th-gen version shows up on Verizon in June, the HTC Obsession would be a good way to lessen the competition.
So what else will the HTC Obsession have packed under the hood?
- 1 GHz Snapdragon Processor
- 5 MP camera with AF; HD video at 720p, 25 fps
- 4 GB internal storage
- GSM/HSPA only (no CDMA due to lackluster sales of previous Diamonds)
- 3.7″ AMOLED touchscreen with multitouch support
- 1230 mAh with 10 hours talk time (!)
- MicroSD capacity up to 32 GB
- Device Size: 112 x 56 x 11.7 mm
Okay, so there are a few shockers in there. First, multitouch support. All I have to say is, YES PLEASE. This puts Google in a very awkward position if they can’t serve up multitouch on any US Android devices before June. Hopefully this news will send a message to Google saying they need to get their act together. A second shocker is the claim of 10 hours talk time. I’ll believe that when I see it. Frankly, all these specs are oozing with awesomeness and if they are all accurate, the HTC Obsession will be one of the top smartphones of 2010. Lastly, the inclusion of 720p HD video recording will be very welcome as well.
The Obsession is supposed to be very similar in look to the HTC Imagio.