HTC HD7 Price and Release Date Announced

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The HTC HD7 will be among of the first devices running Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows Phone 7. T-Mobile has announced that this high-end smartphone is going to hit store shelves in the second week of November, on the same day AT&T releases its first WP7 models.

The HD7 is going to have the largest display of any smartphone running Microsoft’s new operating system, as well as a range of other cutting-edge features.

HTC HD7 with Microsoft Windows Phone 7It was announced a few weeks ago, but the price and release date were not revealed at that time. A brief post on T-Mobile’s official Twitter feed takes has now taken care of this:

T-Mobile @HTC HD7 – In stores Nov. 8 for $199.99.

The $200 price is going to require a two-year contract and a $50 mail-in rebate.

T-Mobile vs. AT&T
AT&T is the only other U.S. carrier who is going to offer products running Windows Phone 7 this year, all of which are also going to be introduced on November 8.

These three devices are also going to sell the same price as the HTC HD7.

HTC HD7 Overview
This smartphone is going to have a tablet shape, with a 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) capacitive, multi-touch display. The design will include a kickstand on its back. 

To take advantage of these features, T-Mobile is going to bundle this smartphone with an app for watching Netflix streaming movies, as well as T-Mobile TV for watching live television programs.

The HD7 is going to run Windows Phone 7 on a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It will have 16 GB of built-in storage for holding music, video, and other files.

Of course, this device will support T-Mobile’s 3G network (7.2 Mbps downloads/2 Mbps uploads), and it will include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, and an A-GPS receiver.

A 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flash and 720p HD video capture will also be included.

Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Preview
Despite its name, this new smartphone operating system has little in common with its predecessors. It will have a completely different user interface and won’t run applications written for the earlier versions nor will any current models be upgradeable.

Windows Phone 7 PreviewIts focus has mostly moved to consumers, and its new UI emphasizes social networking, pictures, multimedia, games, etc. It has also been redesigned to be controlled with a fingertip.

Still, it will include some hold-overs from Windows Mobile that business users want: Microsoft Office Mobile and support for synchronizing with Microsoft Exchange.

It will work with Microsoft’s Zune music service, as well as the Xbox Live gaming service.

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