T-Mobile Announces the HTC HD7

Just in from  the Windows Phone 7 event in New York! T-Mobile has officially announced the  the HTC HD7. The handset is going to be a beast with a 4.3-inch WVGA (800 x 480) TFT screen, 1GHz Qualcomm chip, 576MB of RAM, and a 5 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash. This is bascially the HTC HD2 with Windows Phone 7 love! American buyers will get a preinstalled Netflix, Slacker, and T-Mobile TV entertainment apps, along with 16GB of built-in storage. This is still breaking folks.  See the full press release below!

PRESS RELEASE

T-Mobile Introduces the HTC HD7, With the Largest Screen
Available on a Windows Phone 7 Smartphone in the U.S.

T-Mobile to deliver rich entertainment experience with pre-loaded
Netflix, T-Mobile TV, Xbox LIVE®, Zune and Slacker Radio applications

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Oct. 11, 2010 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming launch of the HTC HD7, one of the world’s first smartphones using the Windows Phone 7 operating system. Pairing rich mobile multimedia features with a 4.3-inch touch display — the largest screen available on a Windows Phone in the U.S. — the HTC HD7 promises to keep customers entertained and connected on the go.

“By delivering the largest screen available on a Windows Phone, T-Mobile is offering a top-notch smartphone entertainment experience,” said Paul Cole, vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “With deep integration of entertainment brands, social networking capabilities and rich Microsoft services, the HTC HD7 intelligently brings together information and experiences that matter to customers all in a bold, sophisticated design.”

Jason Mackenzie, president, HTC Americas said, “With its huge, vibrant display, high quality sound and built-in kickstand, the HTC HD7 smartphone is the ultimate device to enjoy the outstanding entertainment services made possible by Windows Phone 7. With the HTC HD7 smartphone, HTC and T-Mobile are once again coming together to deliver an outstanding smartphone experience to wireless consumers looking for both entertainment and productivity.”

The HTC HD7 is the first phone from T-Mobile built on Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s new mobile platform designed to bring together what customers care about most. Instead of the common icon displays on the screen, Windows Phone 7 uses Live Tiles, which allow customers to find out what’s going on, what’s happening next, and what they’ve missed without having to open an application.

Windows Phone 7 also delivers an integrated experience on the HTC HD7 through Windows Phone Hubs. Hubs bring together a related set of applications, services and content into a single view to simplify common tasks. Your contacts, music, games and work can be shared, synced and accessed virtually wherever you happen to be.

“T-Mobile has been a strong supporter of Windows Phones and we are pleased to continue our partnership with Windows Phone 7,” said Andy Lees, president of the Mobile Communications Business at Microsoft Corp. “T-Mobile has a deep understanding of its customers, and we’re thrilled to bring Windows Phone 7 to market on its network.”

With the new HTC HD7, customers can access their favorite movies, TV shows, games, music and more on a large 4.3-inch screen. The HTC HD7’s top pre-installed entertainment applications include the following:

  • Netflix for streaming thousands of movies and TV shows for Netflix members to watch instantly on the HTC HD7’s large, crisp screen.
  • T-Mobile TV, offering consumers access to live and on-demand TV, including free programming from ABC News NOW, FOX Sports, PBS Kids, Azteca America, family holiday movie favorites and more.
  • Slacker Radio for listening to free, personalized radio with over 130 genre stations and the ability for customers to create stations of their own.
  • Xbox LIVE unlocks a world of games and fun, connecting  customers to a global community of more than 25 million active Xbox LIVE members and offering easy access to Xbox LIVE features such as Friends, Avatars, Achievements, Messaging and more.
  • Zune for loading people’s favorite media — music, movies, TV shows and podcasts — and taking it wherever.

In addition to rich entertainment, the HTC HD7 also keeps customers connected throughout the day with a best-in-class productivity experience featuring the largest virtual keyboard available on a Windows Phone in the U.S. The HTC HD7 includes fully integrated Microsoft Exchange e-mail and calendar as well as Office Hub, which offers customers mobile versions of popular productivity programs, including Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace.

Running on T-Mobile’s super-fast mobile broadband network, the HTC HD7’s 4.3 inch capacitive screen with built-in kickstand is ideal for watching the latest movies and other video entertainment or experiencing a large selection of games and applications. The device also comes equipped with a blazing-fast Qualcomm® 1 GHz Snapdragon™ processor for a fast mobile data experience.

In addition to the comprehensive entertainment features of the device, the HTC HD7 delivers advanced phone features including GPS functionality with access to turn-by-turn navigation from TeleNav GPS Navigator™, Internet Explorer 8, 16 GB of internal memory, HD video recording, and an advanced 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash.

The HTC HD7 is also the first device to offer T-Mobile® Family Room™, a new application exclusively from T-Mobile that helps families keep in touch and manage their busy lives. Customers can write a note on a virtual chalkboard and add shared calendar events for their Family Room group to coordinate get-togethers. Sharing pictures and interacting is easy, with real-time notifications alerting users when any family member posts something for everyone to see.

Availability

The HTC HD7 is expected to be available in the U.S. exclusively to T-Mobile customers in mid-November. More details will be available at http://htc.t-mobile.com/hd7.

In addition to the HTC HD7, T-Mobile plans to offer an additional Windows Phone 7 smartphone option in the Dell Venue Pro, a stylish full-QWERTY slider featuring a 4.1-inch screen, 5 megapixel camera and a Qualcomm 1 GHz Snapdragon processor. The Dell Venue Pro is expected to be available in the U.S. in time for the holidays directly from Dell and select retailers with service from T-Mobile. More details will be available at http://www.dell.com.

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Use of some features or services may incur separate, additional charges and/or require a qualifying data plan or access to a Wi-Fi connection. Coverage is available in locations nationwide but may not be available everywhere. For more details on where T-Mobile network coverage is available, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage.

About T-Mobile USA, Inc.

Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the second quarter of 2010, approximately 130 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 33.6 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS, the world’s most widely used digital wireless standards. T-Mobile USA’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.

The names of companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect the current views of Deutsche Telekom management with respect to future events. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project” and “should” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current plans, estimates, and projections, and therefore you should not place too much reliance on them. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond Deutsche Telekom’s control, including, without limitation, those factors set forth in “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” contained in Deutsche Telekom’s annual report on Form 20-F filed on February 28, 2008. If these or other risks and uncertainties materialize, or if the assumptions underlying any of these statements prove incorrect, Deutsche Telekom’s actual results may be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements. Deutsche Telekom does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.


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  • wack mode

    not bad i might buy it hmmm!

    • Mae Mae

      Same as the HD2, I can get the TMOUSA HD2 WP7 software with a 8MP SuperFine LeoCameraAnyKey here http://www.mobileunderground.info/showthread.php?t=704&page=1 … Plus the software has Android Love..

    • Jay

      I’ve been waiting a long time for this. It looks sweet. I’d still prefer an expansion slot for an SD card and video calling capability would be nice. Did Steve say we can use a mirror, huh, let’s replay that conference. So, now I’m debating when I’ll sideline my HTC TyTN II.

  • muzicman

    Sounds great hope they have a eBay app this time

    • zellbz

      In the WP7 press event they demoed the Ebay app.

  • Evan

    I’m so torn between this and the G2 (and maybe the myTouch), I just don’t know which way to go.

    • Ann

      Me too, but I am going to hold out for the Mytouch and then decide if I am going mytouch or going Epic 4g…Sorry Tmo

      • Dennis

        No,stay away from the Epic 4G. I had that phone and just recently got the G2. That thing will eat your battery and it’s very slow to charge. Very happy with the G2 now.

  • joe who?

    am i the only one who sees at the bottom of the article it talks about a dell phone with windows 7?

    • jonathan

      Dell Venue Pro. I’d like to see the specs on this 4.1″ screen phone. :)

  • pantlesspenguin

    This won’t be my next device, but I’m really looking forward to playing around w/ it in the store. I wonder when that Netflix app will be available for Android!

  • NiiDiddy

    Not bad at all! WM is not my thing, but–I think it’s a nifty WM7 Device. Maybe someday I’ll try a future WM device out..

  • efjay

    Here come the haters!!!!!!

    • Shawn

      Get a life

  • Ace

    w00t awesome dell lightning portrait slider option

  • alex32g2

    what an amazing phone, and im not going to lie i saw some previews of wm7 and it was capable of making me switch from android. I used to be a wm7 hater..but after fully seeing the videos of the UI, its so nice but im sticking with my awesome G2.
    I still think my G2 owns this phone.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    this would be the first Tmobile device to come with Netflix wouldn’t it? Great, just great…

    • Jay

      I’m not sure but I got a free Netflix app for my HTC TyTN II months ago.

    • somone

      i was told from HTC that it still has not been decided to keep the NetFlix app on it but i have seen one that had it and it was freaking awesome!

  • En2mente

    I think it’ll be a great media phone, and I wouldn’t mind getting it.

  • Terrill

    I’m a long time windows mobile user just recently switching over to android (vibrant being my current device) I must say that had they had this hd7 phone instead of my vibe I’d bought it. Sweet looking phone and the built in zune gives it an extremely more powerful more entertainment option than anything android offers at this time netflix, office, outlook and browser would be my most used apps anyway. I’d buy.

  • ella

    might just be my next phone, sexy

  • JesseJ

    I love it but hope that a phone option with 32GB memory isn’t far behind.

  • yahooooooo

    Awesome!

  • Sgt. Cell

    So they update the OS and button layout, but won’t put WP7 on the HD2? Same processor, same screen size, same features. And will the next version of this phone be the HD72?

  • http://rivercityoffroad.com Marcus

    “With the Largest Screen Available on a Windows Phone 7 Smartphone in the U.S”

    Bye bye Vibrant! :)

    • http://rivercityoffroad.com Marcus

      To expand on that thought (I actually read the whole article) I think this phone is going to suit my particular needs better.

      The Zune thing is a huge plus coming from an iPhone and having that vs the limited (IMO) music player on Android.

      I use the web, email, and facebook (marketing for web business) constantly and the FB app on the Vibrant/Android is seriously limited.

      I’m looking forward to this phone!

  • cellswag5
  • EL

    Nice phone….although I still think WM7 can’t compete with Android and iOS….have a lot if catching up to do….

  • Which way is Up?

    Well, it is what it is with the HD3/7… An HD2 Refresh (my current device)… :( Physically, the phone does look nice, the kick stand is a welcome addition. Other than that,I will wait for a true HD2 successor.

    Considering the specs are identical, it may not be long bevore the devs get a version up and running for the HD2… As far as WP7 as a platform, I understand change can be good, it’s going to be hard letting go of 6.5 with Sense along with so many custom options…

    I’m not hating, I’ve been rocking WM for years now, IMO, it just doesnt make sense fo HTC and T Mobile to re releases specs from 2009 (original European HD2) twice now with 2 different operating systems… Thank god for 1 year upgrades…

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      I have an HD2 too and also the Vibrant, so I get the best of both worlds.

      And my thinking is along your lines.

      Odd to see someone else in here that speaks well of WinMo. There’s just so much that can be done with it and the hardware is fantastic (as evidenced by this phone pretty much being the HD2 with WP7 on it.

      As to why would HTC and T-Mobile re-release the HD2 in a different software flavor, I submit that’s because the HD2 is an awesome piece of hardware. T-Mobile knows it, HTC knows it.

      And I look forward to tinkering with it when all the new apps come out.

      For example, as you know, WinMo on the HD2 has a Netflix App, but all it has done to date is allow one to see streamed previews and update one’s picks (queue).

      When I talked to Netflix in March the guy told me that I should hold on to the HD2 because they were coming out with the ability for me to stream movies on it. And he said “Lots of movies will be free, just like you get free movies on your online account and on the Wii.”

      So that’s awesome in my book, FREE movies from the Netflix catalog streamed to my HD2! So since this has been announced for the WP7 phones, I expect we will have it soon for the HD2.

      Matter of fact, I’m going to call Netflix and get an update.

      • http://soapboxuniverse.blogspot.com/?spref=gb K. Ray

        If you have been a Magenta customer and don’t like Android this is a great option. My mind is holding on Mozart and the Dell Pro. No complaints from me about FFC. I feel it is best to wait on tablet options for that. I really like the options Magenta has given with WP7 os. Finnaly some phones for grown ups. YES!

        Stay thirsty my friends!

      • Which way is Up?

        I dig it.

        My thing is, I honestly expected a lot more from a device in the “HD” family (I sound like a broken record now). Truth is, it is going to take a lot more than an OS refresh to get me to put down my HD2…

        No HSPA+, same exact screen tech, same exact screen size, same exact screen resolution, same camera, same dual flashes, same processor, even the same battery… I’ll just wait for a true HD successor…

        *G2 uses a Scorpion processor.
        **MyTouch HD uses a 2nd gen Snapdragon.

        From a consumer standpoint, these devices actually have me ecitited. Dont get me wrong, the HD7 looks cool, I just refuse to waste an upgrade on this. -I would still like the opportunity to hold and experience the UI. Hopefully next year we will get higher screen resolutions, current processors, etc. And I understand the argument that the OS will run wonderfully on this processor-All the reason why I should be seeing it on my HD2.

        And yes, I speak well of WM of yesteryear as I’ve seen and done pretty cool stuff with it (Touch Diamond and TP2 as some of my favorites). Its an interesting animal once you have experience with it.

        Thanks for your input. I appreciate intelligent conversation.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      By the way, those lamenting that our HD2s and Vibrants don’t have that cool kickstand, Body Glove makes awesome hard shell cases for these phones.

      I got one for my HD2 and it includes a kickstand. So that’s not a missed feature to me.

      In fact, I like it better because if the kickstand breaks I can simply get a new Body Glove case. If a stand is built in to the phone, then that’s going to be a problem if it snaps off.

      Here is a clear case and stand on the HD2 (that’s all that was available at the time).

      http://www.bullpooper.com/HD2BodyGloveStandFront.jpg

      http://www.bullpooper.com/HD2BodyGloveStand.jpg

      On my Vibrant I have an excellent, form fitting, textured, rubber coated black gloss Body Glove case that looks great. It also has the kickstand option (removed in pic). Will be posting a review of it on YouTube.

      http://www.rantuniverse.com/VibrantBodyGloveHardShellFront.jpg

      http://www.rantuniverse.com/VibrantBodyGloveHardShellBack.jpg

  • PHONE FREAK

    I love this phone. It is so sexy, but I will wait for something better.

  • cp

    I am seriously considering this phone. Will is support HSPA+ or no? That could be the dealbreaker for me with this phone. The Dell Venue Pro will suffice if not. Either way, I believe that I will be switching from android to WP7. Simplicity is what i’m looking for and WP7 looks to offer just that.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      I want an HSPA+ phone too, especially if I experiment with using the handset for tethering at home and getting rid of my cable modem.

      But for now, I am really satisfied with the speed improvement of my Vibrant and HD2 because here in San Francisco we got HSPA+. I now get close to the max speed of the “non-HSPA+” phones, whereas pre-HSPA+ I was getting about 800 kbps on average.

      My next phone will be an HSPA+ phone. I will pass on any of the new models that are not HSPA+.

  • Blue

    they should have left the HD2 comparison out of the review. That’s makes me not want to buy it .

  • Manny

    The phone in action.

    • Kickstar13

      Looks sick! Nice find!

      • Manny

        Thanks.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Great link Manny. And I was able to brush up on my French, that’s a bit rusty. LOL.

  • myn15

    so is this the project emerald they’ve been working on? if so, im disappointed! i love the fact that it has kickstand and can records 720p vid, but other than that, it most likely my hd2. if this can run android in the near future, then i might say adios to my hd2. but as long as the o.s is WM, then imma stick with my hd2 that running android desire hd rom.. but i do hope, this is not the project emerald, im expecting at least same size of screen, 8mp 720p, and FFC.. for now, i’ll pick the new my touch over this.. im not hating..

    • Kickstar13

      Where in the article does it say this is Project Emerald?!?!? The myTouch HD is Project Emerald…

  • smash-mode

    Honestly if it had the hspa+, flash 10.1, and copy n paste id be sold…dnt understand how they would leave these off…not a big app guy, love the layout…eh

    • cp

      I’m with you, the lack of hspa+ kills this for me

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Ditto here, since I have an HD2 and Vibrant my next phone will have to have HSPA+, especially since we just got HSPA+ here in San Francisco.

      I wonder if T-Mobile is rolling out HSPA+ slowly (via limiting handsets that have HSPA+) so not to overload the HSPA+ network.

      I suspect all the carriers have learned from Apple’s iPhone 3G debacle, where the introduction of 3G all at once “crashed” the 3G system.

      Simply put, a carrier cannot introduce high speed phones together with high speed service AND all kinds of apps that suck up bandwidth and tax resources(flash 10.1, tethering, streamed movies, YouTube downloads and uploads (in high quality, of course), games (multi-player), GPS, online high megapixel photo repositories, video chatting and phone calls, social apps that feature all kinds of ways to share one’s daily activities, etc., etc.)

      It’s all simply too much for millions of phones to handle. To be sure, while all phones won’t be doing all those activities at once, I suspect each phone will be doing one or two of such activities. So the more variety of bandwidth-sucking services the carriers introduce, the more likely each user will use one or two of those features he likes.

      So it seems one of the best ways for Apple’s history to not repeat itself at T-Mobile is for the Company not to flood the market with HSPA+ phones, at least not all at once and not until demand for specific bandwidth-taxing services can be determined and adjusted depending on which high speed features prove to be the most popular.

      IMHO it will take at least the next two years to figure out consumer smartphone bandwidth usage patterns (e.g., which high-speed services are most often used by customers) and institute controls to avoid server taxing or depletion of T-Mobile’s limited HSPA+ bandwidth. adjustments.

      The best way to control all this is to limit the roll out of HSPA+ services and HSPA+ handsets, IMHO.

      • cp

        Interesting viewpoint. It does make a lot of sense, but why make a phone that doesn’t support it all (with the exception of the Vibrant, which came out pre-hspa+) if that’s the network of the future.

  • Jab

    What about video chat…. can we say evo anyone!

  • Dilla

    the my touch has my buy, due to the front cam.

  • thaghost

    Tmo is winning my heart back. i was extremely critical of ur phone selection. now ur stepping to da plate…n hitting doubles, triples n homeruns. great job.

  • alex

    T-mobile is steeppping it up for the holiday season 3 new windows 7 phones, the mytouch hd(which I am getting), the motorola defy, and optimus t

  • thaghost

    i want da mytouchhd too. its jus doesnt look as good as these other phones.

    • alex

      I think the mytouch hd looks great, but what I really want is for t-mobile to let us pick the color, by that I mean not half white half black, but full no matter what I am getting this phone hopefully we can hear on pre-ordering it soon, if possible.

  • Air One

    Im with you on this one Marcus. HD7 will be my next phone. I was torn between the Mytouch HD and the Hd7, but its clear now this is the phone to get. New does not mean better, but everything i have read about this phone will fit my needs. I would have purchased the hD2, because of the OS not being able to update i decided to wait. I think both the hd2 and hd7 phones features the same, but new OS and a few other apps that come stock locks this one in for me.

  • http://www.twitter.com/tubaking182 tubaking182

    not to be a hater but to me the layout of the UI is a little childish. and as stated they left out things like flash player and copy+paste most of you might not realize how incredible copy paste is but i use it almost daily. and since i don’t have netflix/windows/office/family most of those added benefits are lost on me. i love my android phone and the apps on it and as long as microsoft is behind on the playing field then i have no need for the phone.

    there will be a lot of people interested in this, but when you think about it this is the HD2 with WP7 which means that they most likely will not let you upgrade your HD2 to WP7 for a long time because they want you to buy a new phone.

    aesthetically the phone looks nice, but once the screen turns on and i get a look at the homescreen then i am lost, it really is just a couple boxes on the homescreen. widgets are nice and i like to stay up to date on my stuff, BUT i don’t like widgets taking up the whole screen. we will see how this looks but odds are good that i will have a G2 long before i get this thing

    • ober08

      if you listen to the press conference this morning, you would know that c&p is coming out early 2011. How long did it take apple to make c&p a reality? three generations. WP7; within two quarters.

  • ober08

    “No HSPA+” … 7.X mbps isn’t fast enough? It is an upgrade coming from tmobile currently Edge network.

  • kev123

    so is this 4.3 or 3.7

    • ella

      4.3

  • thedarktangent

    ivan and ann , how y’all gonna compare the hd7 crap with the tmobile g2 , are you serious its like comparing windows 7 with my laptop running backtrack 4 linux , come on , android based on linux is the best operating system , so stop comparing that crap hd7 , the hd2 but with wm7

    • David

      Such a loser!

      “Linux (Android) is the best operating system” Are you kidding me?

      You are not even on those 1% tat use iOS crap. Yeah your OS is the best that in every blog its fanboys trash everyother competition and every single week there is a new updated version of it!!!

      Please stop posting these crappy comments and go back to your hole.

  • Jme

    HD2 has cut and paste and it’s windows.

    You have sooo much freedom on a windows phone to literally make it one of a kind. anything else you don’t have as much freedom. My HD2 is unlike anyone else’s due to flashing and customizing. Window phones are not as “user friendly: as most people like, doesn’t make any less than Android. Makes it better. I’ve had both Windows and Android and both are good. But I like the freedom of a Windows more. Android is like iPhone, really only good with lots of apps. I’m not one for all the apps.

    It’s really to each their own with these smart phones.

  • molten

    I am getting this phone! I almost got the HD2 when it came out but when I heard it will not be upgraded, I chose to wait. HTC could have done a little better but this being my first “HD’ phone, doesn’t really matter.

    Don’t know why people are(or were) upset that the HD2 will not get the upgraded to WP7. If you really think,HTC is to blame because they could have hold on from making the HD2 in the first place or contacted MSFT to see what their requirements are going to be for WP7. With retrospect,the HD2 was just to far advanced when it first came out.

    Tmo stepped their game up big time. I don’t think anybody can complain that they are not coming out with “super phone” now, can they? But guess what, there will always be something wrong when it comes to people.Now my dilemma is do I get the HD7 and get the Venue(Lighting) Pro for my wife or vice versa?

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Microsoft Insider sent me a link to a page that shows ALL the WP7 phones that will be debuting:

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/buy/7/phones.aspx

    Here’s a screen capture in case the link goes dead:

    http://www.rantuniverse.com/WP7PhonesALL.jpg

  • cham

    This is soooo stupid. HTC shouldn’t have to make a whole new phone just because Microsoft refuses to update its old OS to a more current one. The HD2 and HD7 are basically the same phone with a different button layout.

  • cham

    This is soooo stupid. HTC shouldn’t have to make a whole new phone just because Microsoft refuses to update its old OS to a more current one. The HD2 and HD7 are basically the same phone with a different button layout.

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Having partaken in the pre-HD2 launch debate where we (and the entire Net) were discussing IF the HD2 could and would get WP7, you are right, at least from what I have seen do far.

      Back in January to March 2010 (March being when the HD2 launched) Microsoft eventually made it very clear that the HD2′s hardware could not physically support WP7.

      When MS said that it finally ended the debate.

      But seeing the specs of the HD7 I question what inside this HTC phone is so different from my HD2.

      We were under the impression that the HTC WP7 phone was going to be some powerhouse device and that’s why HD2 could not handle it.

      So what did Microsoft do, put some coding on the HD7 ROM that simply locks it, meaning it can’t be cracked?

      Will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Seems to me that Microsoft is pulling an Apple, totally controlling the user. (Even Android is moving toward locking things down.)

      Of course this makes WinMo 6.5x all the more valuable since it may be one of the last phones that can be hacked and cracked down to its core.

      • Which way is Up?

        Correct. However, the argument came down to the HD2 not meeting the “hardware” specs, as in, 5 buttons vs.3… Sad,but true. Lolz

      • ParappaLives

        The HD7 is using an updated Snapdragon processor… similar to the G2 but @ 1Ghz.

        TmoNews’ own review of the G2 said that it’s 800Mhz 2nd gen processor was ‘snappier’ than the Nexus One’s first gen 1 Ghz Snapdragon.

        So if that holds true… then that means the HD7 actually does have a slight bump in specs compared to the HD2.

  • truth

    Microsoft better patent everything because cr-apple will copy it for the next version of crap-iphone and call it new. the future is here thanks to Microsoft.

    • David

      + 100

  • http://www.sataris.com.au Sataris

    It looks amazing, I really hope that we get them here in Aus (hopefully at the same time as the US/Europe instead of having to wait a year and a day)

  • http://hiphopthugz.com mixtapes

    well since its a hd2 in a different shell i will pass the screens break to easy!