We've never been too shy about expressing our unabashed rage disappointment that the HTC Touch HD never made its way to the United States, at least officially and with U.S. 3G bands on board. So one of the more exciting hardware announcements at Mobile World Congress was HTC and the Touch Diamond 2 and Touch Pro 2, which have the sex appeal of the Touch HD.

Join us inside as we take a side-by-side look at what's under the hood.

Here's the tale of the tape:

 

Touch HD

Diamond 2

Touch Pro 2

Processor

Qualcomm MSM7201A @ 528 MHz

Qualcomm MSM7200A @ 528 MHz

Qualcomm MSM7200A @ 528 MHz

Operating system

Windows Mobile 6.1

Windows Mobile 6.1

Windows Mobile 6.1

Upgradable to 6.5?

Officially? Unknown

Yes

Yes

Memory

512 ROM/
288 RAM

512 ROM/
288 RAM

512 ROM/
288 RAM

Dimensions

115 x 62.8 x
12 mm

107.85 x 53.1 x 13.7 mm

116 x 59.2 x 17.25 mm

Weight (with battery)

147 grams

117.5 grams

175 grams

Display

3.8-inch
480x800

3.2-inch
480x800

3.6-inch 480x800 w/tilt

Camera

5.0MP
w/autofocus

5.0MP
w/autofocus

3.2MP w/autofocus

Battery

1350 mAh

1100mAh

1500 mAh

Expansion slot

MicroSD (2.0 compatible)

MicroSD (2.0 compatible)

MicroSD (2.0 compatible)

Accelerometer

Yes

Yes

Yes

WiFi

802.11 b/g

802.11 b/g

802.11 b/g

Bluetooth

2.0 + EDR & A2DP

2.0 + EDR & A2DP

2.0 + EDR & A2DP

Headphone jack

Yes

Uses HTC ExtUSB

Uses HTC ExtUSB

All in all, nothing too surprising. Spec-wise, everything's pretty much the same. Same processors (Malatesta notes that the slight difference in model numbers is due to the Qualcomm-Broadcom lawsuit and isn't a performance matter). Same memory — though the Touch Diamond 2 now has room for a MicroSD card. Hooray!

The Touch HD wins on screen size, though just barely. The Touch Pro 2 is tops in battery size. And so on and so forth.

Nothing really unexpected. But it's nice to see HTC release hardware revisions that should bring phones with the big-four American carriers in line with the best HTC has offered elsewhere.

So, who's going to upgrade?