The real name for one of the most highly-anticipated smartphones of this season has leaked out. The device code-named the HTC Leo will actually be sold as the HTC HD2.
This apparently wasn’t the first choice — some of the early prototypes have “HTC Pro.Three” emblazoned on them, but an early copy of next month’s sales catalog from the European carrier O2 revealed the real name.
Not incidentally, this also reveals that O2 will soon be offering this very high-end smartphone, which will run Windows Mobile 6.5 on a 1 GHz processor, and sport a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive display with multi-touch support.
This carrier’s catalog is trumpeting that latter feature, saying that it offers “the largest screen yet on a mobile”.
What’s in a Name?
The name “HTC HD2” indicates that this will be the successor to the HTC Touch HD, a device that was very popular in Europe; at one point it was HTC’s best-selling Windows phone in that region.
However, it didn’t fare so well in the U.S. Sales were light, as this smartphone wasn’t picked up by any U.S. carrier. it’s not yet known if the same thing will happen to this new model.
Coming Very Soon
Microsoft has decided that the first day devices running Windows Mobile 6.5 can be released is October 6, and its possible that this is when the HTC HD2 will debut.
The leaked catalog doesn’t confirm this, though. And an earlier unconfirmed report says the launch will be on Octber 12.
The catalog also doesn’t reveal the price O2 will ask for this smartphone.
More Details on the HTC Leo/HD2
The large, high-resolution display and super-fast processor have drawn most of the attention, but this model will offer much more than that.
It will also include 320 MB of RAM, an 8 MPx camera with auto-focus, a microSD card reader, GPS receiver, 1,230 mAh battery, and a 3.5 mm headset jack.
The HD2 will apparently be the first with a new version of HTC’s alternate user interface TouchFLO 3D (more info in this article), and it might even be able to act as a Wi-Fi router for other devices, like laptops or handheld computers.