updated 04:20 pm EDT, Wed September 22, 2010
HTC HD7 gets clear photos and Sense detail
HTC's HD7 has been captured in great detail through a pair of key leaks. Taiwan's mobile01 has obtained clear shots that reveal some of the unique hardware touches. Among the design tricks are the use of metal trim around the camera as a kickstand and an overall sleeker profile than both the HD2 and the Android-based Evo 4G.
A label on the back marks the phone as the HD3, though it's suspected this is ultimately a placeholder and not the final name. Large Windows Phone branding on the back makes it clear the HD7 is being treated as a centerpiece for Microsoft's new software.
Along with an actual design, a formal shot has emerged at the German site HTCInside that validates the existence of HTC Sense tiles in the OS. It shows more than the prior footage and suggests there will be a central HTC Hub, presumably to unify HTC's media and news sections in a single area. In view along with the hub are a Photo Enhancer editing app and a Stocks tile.
The HD7 is known to depend on a 4.3-inch, 800x480 LCD, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 8GB of built-in storage with no card slot. A five-megapixel camera with LED flashes and 720p video recording should also be instrumental to the design. Microsoft is due to unveil the first Windows Phone 7 devices at an October 11 open house and should ship them to Europe later that month. The US may not get its first hardware until November. [via WMPowerUser]