A poster called Fishawy started a thread saying his friend was playing with the HTC Spark, a phone running Windows Phone 7 we saw at the beginning of the week, but under the name HTC Trophy. He decided to take some pictures and share them, which we're guessing his 'friend' might not have been happy about. You'll need to register to get on the forum, but you can enjoy the photos thanks to this link from Engadget.
The Spark apparently has a 3.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, a Qualcomm QSD 8250 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera and 8GB of memory. It's all just speculation for now, but it could be one of several HTC Windows Phone 7 phones coming out -- the HD7 and the Mozart being two others.
HTC has made a huge splash with Android and will hope to follow this recent run of success with Windows Phone 7 handsets. Before hopping into bed with Google it had a history of working on mobile phones with Microsoft, so we're expecting good things.
It's the start of October, so we're only 10 days away from when we expect to see the first Windows Phone 7 launch devices. Microsoft has already sent invites out to an event held in a secret London location on 11 October. We don't know what phones we'll see at launch, but HTC will surely be one of the companies centre-stage. We believe ten days later, on 21 October, the phones will be available in shops.
This is Microsoft's mobile comeback, and the result of the company making the big decision to roll the dice and start again from scratch. Windows Phone 7 has a completely redesigned interface, with tiles on the homescreen and an experience completely different to what we got with the old Windows Mobile. Are you expecting much?