updated 04:25 pm EDT, Wed September 16, 2009
HTC Leo to support multi-touch despite WM 6.5?
A leaked video reveals that the upcoming HTC Leo handset may sport a 4.3-inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen. The news would theoretically make it the first Windows Mobile device to support multi-touch as all Windows Mobile releases to date, including the upcoming 6.5, only officially support resistive (pressure-based) touchscreens that aren't capable of the feature. A few glimpses of the interface in the video reveal that the Leo does indeed have Windows Mobile 6.5 with HTC's TouchFLO interface on top.
This could mean that 6.5 either has a hidden support for multi-touch control or else that HTC or another party has added such a capability to the software itself. While it's also possible that the video is a fake, another albeit slim possibility is that the device is running a very early version of Windows Mobile 7, though that OS is not due until sometime in 2010.
Otherwise, the Leo is expected to sport a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 5-megapixel camera with dual LED flashes, 512MB of built-in memory, 320MB of RAM and a microSD slot.
Touchscreen input has been one of Microsoft's primary vices in its attempt to compete against the iPhone, as its hardware limitation hurts the possibilities for a more intuitive interface and has let rival platforms with capacitive support, including Android, iPhone OS and Symbian, make inroads into Windows Mobile's once relatively secure market share. [via WMPowerUser]