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Windows Phone 7 devices have been leaking all over the Internet for several months. The HD7 from HTC is the latest, and based on the details, there's a lot to look forward to.
The device promises to be a follow-up to the popular HD2. It has a 4.3-inch display, packing 800 x 480 pixels. It is a capacitive LCD, and supports multi-touch. It is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, has 512MB of ROM and 8GB of built-in storage space for media and other content.
On the radio side of the equation, this spec sheet notes quad-band GSM/EDGE and tri-band 900/1700/2100 UMTS support. That means it can work on most 3G networks in Asia, on T-Mobile USA, and the 3G networks of Europe. Of course, it also carriers 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS, FM radio, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.
As for media, the HD7 sports a 5 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and autofocus. It has a 3.5mm headset jack for normal stereo headphones and the new set of keys that are required of Windows Phone 7 devices. It also has a Texas Instruments audio chip on board, though the specs don't specify what the chip does. We can only assume that the HD7 can playback movies, music and such.
Since we don't know too, too much of exactly what features Windows Phone 7 devices will be shipping with, it is worth calling out the applications mentioned on the spec sheet. Actually, HTC refers to the apps as widgets and not apps. The list includes: bedside clock, calculator, converter, flash light, love me / love me not (a game, I hope?), notes, to-do, parking meter, photo enhancer, stocks, voice recorder, and weather.
Features not mentioned? HDMI port, DLNA, video capture quality (HD, or not?), whether or not it supports microSD cards (the assumption is that it doesn't) and so on.
Microsoft is widely expected to formally launch Windows Phone 7 at an event in New York City on October 11. We're sure to learn more details about the platform itself and the initial wave of handsets to run Microsoft's newest mobile operating system.