HTC HD7 Windows Phone Might Debut in Mid October

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A document leaking out of a European wireless carrier indicates that the HTC HD7 is going to be released around the middle of next month. This is expected to be among the first crop of devices running Microsoft Windows Phone 7.

According to leaked O2 document, the smartphone is going to be available around week 42 of this year, which means sometime from October 17 – 23. A previous unconfirmed report about this model said the launch date will be Monday, October 18.

The HD7 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.

T-Mobile is the only U.S. carrier offering the HD2. An earlier unconfirmed report indicated that it’s also going to release the successor.

Hardware: Mostly Unknown
The HTC HD7 has yet to be officially announced, and so far no images of it have leaked out. 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 first devices running Windows Phone 7 are scheduled to be released this fall. This will include models from LG and Samsung, as well as HTC.

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