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HTC HD7 with Windows Phone 7 busts out of captivity

It's not just Android for HTC as more details about the Windows Phone 7 successor to the HD2, the HD7, are revealed. This way for pics and specs!

As we gallop towards the launch of Windows Phone 7 next month, leaks of launch phones are springing all over the place: today it's pictures and specs of the HTC HD7.

Pictures were published by WMPoweruser, while Boy Genius Report got hold of specifications. The HD7 should more literally be called the HD3 -- it's the successor to the Windows 6.5-running HD2, but with the completely retooled Windows Phone 7 OS. WMPoweruser previously published a couple of schematic drawings.

The specifications leaked were pretty thorough, revealing that the HD7 would run on a 1GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 processor, carry 8GB of memory in non-removable microSD, and sport a 4.3-inch 480x800-pixel capacitive touchscreen. It will have a 5-megapixel camera, as well as dual LED flash and a stand to prop it up (that's the odd metal thing hanging off it in the pic above). It also has all the usual smart phone connectivity, such as 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth.

This is the third HTC Windows Phone 7 handset we've noticed in the last couple of months. First was an oddity called the HTC T8788, spotted in August, which had a speaker where you'd expect a keyboard to be. Yesterday, we saw a video of another HTC Windows Phone 7 device, the HTC Mozart. This carried the same processor as the HD7, but had a smaller 3.7-inch screen and 8-megapixel camera.

We have no idea whether we'll see all three phones at launch, but nevertheless, it shows HTC is reviving its tradition of working with Microsoft, before Google turned its head. The specs look similar to the latest HTC Desire devices in terms of touchscreen and processor, but it's the way the Windows Phone 7 software works with the hardware that's the key here.

This is unlikely to be the last leak of a Windows Phone 7 we'll see before Microsoft officially launches. Gadgets from the likes of HTC's Korean rivals Samsung and LG are also knocking around. It's been a long time since we've seen Microsoft properly go for it in mobile, so we're excited. Are you?

Image credit: WMPoweruser