The HTC HD7 is shaping up to be the flagship device running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, especially now that a nearly complete list of its features and a few images have leaked out.
According to an extensive list of the HD7’s specifications, this smartphone will have a tablet shape with 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) capacitive, multi-touch display. Its design will include a kickstand on its back.
The European version will supposedly have 8 GB of built-in storage, but the capacity of the U.S. version is not yet known. If the HD7 is like is predecessor, the HTC HD2, then the U.S. version will have 16 GB of storage. Neither will have a microSD memory card slot, as Windows Phone 7 does not support removable memory.
This device will allegedly support GSM networks, and will be able to use 3G networks (7.2 Mbps downloads/2 Mbps uploads), including T-Mobile’s.
The other wireless capabilities in this model will include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, and an A-GPS receiver.
The HD7 will have a 5 megapixel auto-focus camera with dual-LED flash, if the leaked specs list is accurate.
Also on the the feature list is a 1,230 mAh battery, 3.5 mm headset jack, accelerometer, digital compass. proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor.
More about Windows Phone 7
Despite its name, Microsoft’s next smartphone operating system has little in common with its predecessors. Windows Phone 7 will have a completely different user interface and won’t run applications written for the earlier versions nor will any current models be upgradeable.
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.
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.
According to unconfirmed reports, this smartphones is going to be released in the second half of next month, possibly on October 18.