A few weeks ago we reported that the HTC Trophy 7 had received certification through the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and was likely headed for Europe. The thinking at the time was that this was the same HTC Trophy that was rendered back in December 2009 and featured an awesome, front qwerty design--mixing the best of both worlds with HTC's design aesthetics.
Well, the Trophy 7 finally gets pictured and...well...it's a typical black slab.
No other specs are known at this time but lets go out all crazy and say a 1GHz Snapdragon, 256MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and, we dunno, an 8MP camera? That's probably in the ballpark.
Considering this is primarily for Europe, perhaps it's a good thing that it wasn't the dream front qwerty phone we all wanted and instead we can stare at it's cold, black slabness with ennui instead.
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Lame! I was actually thinking of importing it from Germany if it was the awesome front QWERTY design rumored previously. Why must every phone that comes out now be another black slab? Some of us still want a practical phone!
I'll take a bass on a front QWERTY, the reason is simple, it cuts into my screen size. I'll take a bigger screen as on option anyday.
I'm actually glad this one is the Trophy 7, means the HD7 is probably a real "HD" phone (with a 4.3in screen and stuff)
O2 germany will start selling the HD7 in week 42 for 559 euros without a contract!
i had already mentally assigned the Trophy name to a front-facing QWERTY phone so this is something of a shock but the HVGA version of WP7 won't be available until sometime next year. It's not shocking that a launch window phone won't have that form factor.
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