We've been hearing about the code-names for awhile and now we finally get to see one. We're of course talking about Windows Phone 7 on an HTC device and this one is reportedly for Verizon (and presumably Sprint).

Rocking some current-high end specs, the device features:

  • 3.7" SLCD screen (Sony's 'Super TFT LCD', nothing big)
  • 3 touch-sensitive lower buttons (similar to EVO)
  • 8MP camera (No dual flash, not even a single one!)
  • 1GHz Snapdragon
  • No HTC customizations in sight

Too early to tell if this will be a release device, what it'll be called and where it fits in with HTC's planned offerings (maybe this is an entry level device, not their flagship?)

Our take: it's exactly what we'd expect from HTC and in that regard, it's a bit underwhelming although we think it'll get the job done admirably. Still, we're sort of hoping for 'an HTC EVO moment' where we really go 'wow' instead of 'meh'.

Are our standards and expectations too high? Yup, and we're okay with that as Microsoft needs to wow us.  Your thoughts?  Is that Dell Lightning looking better yet?

Edit: Windows Phone 7 hardware specs require a flash for the camera.  Hmmm...

The other big story is that HTC does plan to offer 'Sense' or something similar to it. Quoting HTC

"Microsoft has taken firmer control of the core experience [in Windows Phone 7], but we can still innovate," Drew Bamford, who heads HTC's user experience design team, told Forbes.

"We won't be able to replace as much of the core Windows Phone experience, but we will augment it," he said

We're down with that. Now lets see what that actually means.

[Via Engadget and FierceWireless; Thanks, Stephen, for the tip!]