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2010-07-27T13:22:55Z

Last week, it was confirmed that HTC is one of the major smartphone manufacturers who will offer a Windows Phone 7 smartphone. Now, photos of what appear to be a near-final version of such a phone have leaked online. The photos show a smartphone with a 3.7-inch Super LCD screen.

The leaked information also suggests HTC's Windows Phone 7 device will have a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor, 8-megapixel camera, and three touch-sensitive buttons at the bottom of the device. Verizon Wireless and possibly Sprint have been mentioned as likely carriers for the unnamed device.

Although the specs of this supposed HTC Windows Phone 7 device are mostly speculation, they appear to line up with the minimum hardware requirements set by Microsoft. With this upcoming mobile OS, Microsoft is dictating much more about the phones than it has in the past. For example, all Windows Phone 7 devices will have Home, Search, and Back hardware buttons; a capacitive multitouch screen; a minimum 5-megapixel camera; and 1GHz Snapdragon or similar processor. Microsoft is also requiring manufacturers to put Wi-Fi, GPS, an accelerometer, and a minimum of 256MB RAM and 4GB of flash memory storage on the devices.

Whereas HTC has been known to create its own custom UIs such as the Sense UI for its phones, Microsoft has said no manufacturer device overlays will be allowed on upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices. By dictating these hardware and software requirements, Microsoft could help avoid fragmentation that could otherwise deter third-party application developers. In this sense, Microsoft is following Apple's approach to maintain a minimum set of uniform features so applications will run consistent throughout all Windows Phone 7 devices.

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AKwyn
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2010-07-27T14:00:44Z

It looks good, at least I can say that.

AVarbel
2010-07-27T14:10:27Z
acarzt
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2010-07-27T14:32:32Z

Interesting color... looks like it might be a burnt orange. Good specs too, looking forward to hearing more about this.

AKwyn
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2010-07-27T15:40:02Z

Nope, standard black.

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2010-07-27T16:33:22Z

I would hope for their sake that this is another fake, the previous fake prototypes looked a lot better than this. 😕

Inspector
2010-07-27T17:10:16Z

I like the previous fake one a lot better then the current one, design wise 😃.

Also, there has to be dictating of some kind or else things go wild and don't end up how you would of liked it, could be a bad or good thing in the end 🙂.

acarzt
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2010-07-27T18:29:09Z

The design is very similar, just the color is different.

3vi1
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2010-07-27T19:35:31Z

Look at the backs: One reminds me of the iPhone, and one reminds me of a camera from the 1980's.

acarzt
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2010-07-27T23:19:20Z

The back of the one in the article looks a lot like the back of my HTC tilt lol

ClemSnide
2010-07-28T00:29:36Z

If this is a real prototype that was leaked, or perhaps left in a bar, please nobody tell Foxconn. Last we need is people jumping out of windows over this.

acarzt
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2010-07-28T02:03:11Z

Pun intended? lol

ClemSnide
2010-07-28T10:43:10Z

I never intend to make puns, acarzt. Also, I never repeat myself.

Never.

realneil
2010-07-28T11:35:09Z

He don't chew his cabbage twice,..............

Nice phone,... they're all nice these days, but who really needs them?

acarzt
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2010-07-28T17:54:30Z

No body "needs" this stuff. We really don't need a LOT of the stuff we have.... but it's oooohhhh so nice to have it :-)