HTC is going big with Windows Phone 7. Just after today's unveiling of Microsoft's new mobile operating system, the Taiwanese manufacturer has announced five flagship smartphones to launch in late October.
Multimedia HTC HD7We called the HD2 the best Windows phone ever, so we're glad to see its successor, the HD7, with the same giant 4.3-inch WVGA touch-screen. Integrated Dolby Mobile with HTC's surround sound 'SRS WOW HD' offer great audio, and it'll come in 8GB and 16GB variants. Like all WP7 devices, it will sync with Xbox Live for you gamers, plus Microsoft's iTunes rival, Zune - so now might be a good time to actually start using it. Rest of the specs Kickstand, 1Ghz processor, five-megapixel camera with autofocus and flash, 720p video recording, 122x68x11.2mm, HSDPA, Wi-Fi
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Photos and video HTC 7 MozartLoved the Legend? HTC's aluminium unibody look is back in the Mozart, which is made from a single piece of anodized aluminium. It packs similar specs to the HD7, including surround sound, but its eight-meg snapper with Xenon flash and 720p video recording pips it as the image recorder of the bunch. Rest of the specs 3.7-inch WVGA screen, 1Ghz processor, 8GB storage, 119x60.2x11.8mm, HSDPA, Wi-Fi
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Gaming HTC 7 Trophy All WP7 phones sync with Xbox Live, but for some reason, the Trophy is designated the gaming one. Similar specs to the Surround, including Dolby Mobile, surround sound and a 1Ghz processor, but it's a touch smaller - perhaps easier to manage when gaming?Rest of the specs Surround sound, 3.8-inch WVGA touch-screen, 8GB storage, five-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, 720p video recording,118.5x61.5x11.96mm, HSDPA, Wi-Fi
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Business HTC 7 ProHere you go - the QWERTY slider of the bunch. Harking back to the Touch Pro2, HTC 7 Pro features a slide-out-and-tilt five-line QWERTY along with the beefiest on-board memory at 16GB, full Outlook sync, and the usual suite of MS Office apps. Oddly, the Pro supports Wi-Fi but not HSDPA internet, so when you're using your 3G network, you'll actually be on a slightly slower 3.6Mbps (versus 7.2) download speed. Rest of the specs Surround sound, 3.6-inch WVGA touch-screen, 1Ghz processor, five-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, 720p video recording, 117.5x59x15.5mm
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Multimedia HTC 7 SurroundSlide-out speaker, kickstand, high-res widescreen and integrated Dolby Mobile with SRS WOW HD make for a dedicated media device that apparently will negate the need for headphones to get good sound. It'll initially be released in the US only, but considering it's basically a smaller HD7 or slightly larger Mozart, you probably won't miss it too much - (unless that slide-out speaker has you hooked.
Rest of the specs 3.8-inch WVGA touch-screen, 1Ghz processor, 8GB storage, five-megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 119.5x61.5x12.97mm, HSDPA, Wi-Fi
If you haven't been following the hype, Windows Phone 7 completely cuts all ties with previous Windows Mobile OSes and will feature a unique tile interface with Hubs for different sets of features, such as People, Music & Video or Games. And unlike old-Windows, manufacturers will not be permitted to place their own interface on top, so we won't be seeing any more HTC Sense - though HTC will have its own Hub for apps and utilities including its trademark weather clock, stocks, plus a photo enhancer for applying effects before sharing photos.