By September 15, 2008

HTC Opal is now the HTC Touch Viva

OK so you might be asking the question right now, "what is the HTC Opal and why has it never even been mentioned on this site?" Well it’s another one of those "is it real" moments. I seen this device a few days ago and to be 100% honest never knew if it would actually amount to anything but low and behold here it is.

HTC Touch Viva Side View

HTC Touch Viva is the name of the latest-leaked smartphone produced by HTC. The device was initially said to be called HTC Opal, but it seems that the Taiwanese company will officially dub it as Touch Viva. You may have already guessed that this so-called Viva is a full-touch smartphone – and so it is, indeed.

Apparently, Touch Viva will be the successor of the first HTC device from the Touch series, the one simply called HTC Touch and released in Europe about one year ago.

Leaked over at Pocketpt, HTC Touch Viva is said to come with features like quad-band GSM connectivity (850 / 900 / 1800 /1900 MHz), a 2.8-inch TFT touchscreen display with the classic 240 x 320 pixel resolution, Microsoft’s latest Windows Mobile 6.1 OS, HTC’s new TouchFLO 3D, Wi-Fi, a 2 MP photo camera, support for microSD / microSDHC cards, and so on – all packed inside a case that measures 104 x 59 x 15.5 millimeters (4.09 x 2.32 x 0.61 inches) and weighs 110 grams (3.88 ounces).

HTC Touch Viva Bottom View

So, basically, the Viva is an old HTC Touch with a new User Interface and worldwide connectivity. Which is not a bad thing, of course, as not all mobile users can afford a Touch Diamond, but they might still want to own a touchscreen device.

As far as rumors go, HTC should present the new Touch Viva this month. More exactly, the smartphone is said to be launched on September 15 in Asia (probably across Taiwan and China), while Europe will be getting it two weeks later, on September 30.

The retail price of Viva should be no higher than 300 Euros (426 USD), but we have to wait for an official confirmation to know this for sure.
In the end, HTC seems to have yet another new device that might be quite successful. It might not be the Touch HD, but it’s still a pretty nice handset.

Posted by: John

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