updated 12:10 pm EST, Wed December 30, 2009
HTC leaves Diamond2, Touch2 out of WM7
HTC in a briefly available Twitter update (currently inactive) has said that only the HD2 will support an update to Windows Mobile 7. The Russian division of the company doesn't explain the reasoning, though the HD2 is the only Windows Mobile smartphone from HTC to support capacitive touch and also its fastest, with a 1GHz processor. Both qualities are likely necessary as Microsoft's rumored Windows Mobile 7 specs would require a fast, multi-touch capable device just to run.
The details lend credence to beliefs that most if not all early Windows Mobile 7 phones will be high end devices, but also leaves most of HTC's Windows-driven handsets without a meaningful upgrade. Even advanced phone released this year, such as the Touch Diamond2 and Touch Pro2, are now likely to remain using Windows Mobile 6.5 or earlier. To date, competitors like Android and iPhone have had retroactive updates even as newer releases include device-specific features. [via WMExperts]