Today is the launch of the HTC HD7, which has the largest display of any model running Microsoft Windows Phone 7. This smartphone, which is available exclusively from T-Mobile, is well supplied with cutting-edge features.
It has a tablet shape, with a 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) capacitive, multi-touch display. The design includes a kickstand on its back.
To take advantage of these video-friendly features, T-Mobile is bundling this smartphone with an app for watching Netflix streaming movies, as well as T-Mobile TV for watching live television programs.
The HD7 runs Windows Phone 7 on a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It has 16 GB of built-in storage for holding music, video, and other files.
Of course, this high-end device from HTC supports T-Mobile’s 3G network (7.2 Mbps downloads/2 Mbps uploads), but it doesn’t support this carrier’s new HSDPA+ service, which is even faster. In addition, the HD7 includes 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 is also included.
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Preview
Today is the premier of this new smartphone operating system in the U.S., and AT&T and T-Mobile are each introducing two models with it. T-Mobile’s other device is the Dell Venue Pro.
Despite its name, Windows Phone 7 has little in common with its predecessors. It has a completely different user interface and can’t run applications written for Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 or before.
Still, it includes some hold-overs from Windows Mobile that business users want: Microsoft Office Mobile and support for synchronizing with Microsoft Exchange.
It works with Microsoft’s Zune music service, as well as the Xbox Live gaming service.
Pricing and Availability
T-Mobile is now offering the HTC HD7 on its website. It’s available in one color: black.
The cutting-edge model sells for $200 with a two-year contract and $50 mail-in rebate. The price is $500 for those willing to forgo a contract.