A schematic of the HTC HD7 has leaked out, giving the world its first look at this upcoming model based on Microsoft Windows Phone 7.
The full schematic (shown here) clearly shows a tablet-shaped smartphone with a large screen. On its back is a camera with dual LED flash and the Windows Phone logo.
More about the HTC HD7
This model is expected to be the successor to the HTC HD2, a popular high-end device running Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro. Rather than being called the HD3, the upcoming device’s name has apparently been picked to tie it more closely to its new operating system, Windows Phone 7.
Because the HD7 has yet to be officially announced, its full set of specifications is not yet known. In fact, the screen size and the schematic that has just leaked out give some of the first solid details known.
Still it’s possible to give a fairly complete description of it because Microsoft is requiring all devices running Windows Phone 7 to meet some fairly stringent hardware requirements.
They will have to have a WVGA (800 x 480) capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, at least a 5 megapixel camera with flash, a GPS receiver, and 8 GB of storage and 256 MB of RAM or more. The feature list also must include an accelerometer, compass, proximity sensor, and an FM radio.
More about Windows Phone 7
Despite its name, Microsoft’s next 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.
Its focus has moved to consumers, and its UI emphasizes social networking, pictures, games, etc. It has also been redesigned to be controlled with a fingertip.
Just about the only significant similarity between old and new is that both include Microsoft Office Mobile and support for synchronizing with Microsoft Exchange.
The HTC HD7 will apparently be among the first crop of devices running Windows Phone 7, along with models from LG and Samsung.
According to unconfirmed reports, this smartphones is going to be released in the second half of next month, possibly on October 18.
T-Mobile is the only U.S. carrier offering the HD2. An earlier unconfirmed report indicated that it’s operating system. None of the first crop of devices running this OS with support Verizon’s or Sprint’s networks.