Is the HTC Ignite a new Windows Phone?

File this one under rumor, with contradictions

The above image comes to us from, which in fairness, does get a high amount of accurate leaks--well, they get it right some of the time. The above rendering is of the supposed HTC Ignite, a device rumored for a mid-2011 release. As Pocketnow notes, the HTC Ignite  is also listed on UK etailer King of Gadgets, so the name may be in use by HTC after all (although to be honest, it sounds like Android for some reason).

The contradictions come into play with the specs: resistive screen and an 800MHz processor? Umm, no. And there's no evidence to suggest that Microsoft is downgrading the chassis requirements. It's not Chassis 2, which are front-qwerty devices with a different resolution and not coming anytime soon, so something is not correct there.

Still, forget all of that: we like this image and HTC should make this design 'cause it's slick as all heck. Reminds a bit of the Nexus S.

Source:; via Pocketnow

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Just wait for Nokia's WP7 phones, that All About Symbian review has shown what to expect from Nokia hardware, no current WP7 OEM comes close.
  • Yup, I agree. I am holding out for Nokia devices. Everything out now, sorry to say, is **** Well, I should say, I can't use any of it being on Sprint. Those specs must be wrong though, not sure why they would make something that... bad, for a mid-2011 release.
  • I think this is a good design and think it's about time we start hearing about a new batch of WP7 devices.
  • If thats a physical home button the design is even nicer.
  • Again, more drab and boring phone designs from HTC.
  • I said it over at HTCPedia and it's worth repeating:The fact that HTC would even try to lower the standards of the new WP7 is just despicable.I remember back in the day when HTC actually made good, memorable WM phones instead of lameass candybar slabs.
  • Well maybe HTC is just getting the jump on Nokia and their Symbian customer base. Do you really thing that ALL current Symbian users will pay $500US (off contract) for a WP7 phone. Now maybe $300, or much less with subsidy, and you might be able to attract a whole new market. Most of these non, or new smartphone users will be looking for phones w/o or with minimal data plans and cheap, cheap, cheap. Do you really think HTC would introduce a new phone with downgraded specs if they didn't think there was a market for it. Might as well just burn money to grill hotdogs.
  • To be fair, the 800Mhz processor is a second generation Snapdragon processor.