HTC HD7 Hands-on preview

This is the phone that everybody’s been waiting for and sure enough the HTC HD7 looks sexy as hell. On the hardware side there’s nothing new at all. This is basically an HTC HD2 with a new body and Windows Pone 7 installed on it. You have the same Qualcomm QSD8250 chipset clocked at 1Ghz, same 4.3″ TFT LCD screen (there’s no SLCD of this size yet), same camera etc.. THe device does feel a tiny bit lighter than it’s older brother but I don’t know for sure because several prototype models were on display (some were labeled HD3 other HD7 and other nothing) and they all had different weight. What’s new here is the Windows Phone 7 OS and the new Dolby Mobile and SRS Surround sound feature enabled by a TI chip (similar to the Desire HD, HTC 7 Trophy and HTC 7 Mozart). As you can see in the video below HTC’s WP7 devices will all feature the HTC HUB which will enable users to have access to an HTC section of the Marketplace and download HTC applications like the Stocks, Weather, Notes, Sound Equalizer etc. The most interesting thing about the HD7 is how fast and smooth it is compared to the similar speced HD2 (the US version of the HTC HD7 will have 16GB of internal storage compare to 8Gb in Europe). Software and good drivers make all the difference here. Video after the break (my hand was touching the bottom of the screen that’s why I was having a hard time when panning ;) :

Feel free to ask questions in the comments section below.

  • Morgan Denis

    I like this device, I also like the “Oh!” at 00:17 ^^

  • MobileTechWorld

    Haha, le stresse! Let me go back to the home screen damnit! ;)

  • Diego!

    I like it too! Engadget says it packs a Qualcomm MSM8250 chipset… wtf???

    I loved the Oh! hahaha great video!

    This phone is really fast! I loved the HTC Hub and how fast this phone flies… it’s definetely the fastest phone I’ve seen today with WP7. M, could you tell us if colors do look too washed out in the TFT screen? I’m hesitating after watching this video if getting this phone or a Samsung Cetus only due to the SuperAMOLED screen.

  • MobileTechWorld

    The MSMS8250 is the QSD8250. It simple: Every Windows Phone 7 announced has a QSD8250 and nothing else. That’s because Microsoft/Qualcomm have only developer drivers for this chipset right now. in terms of Screen quality the HD2 is identical to the HD2, EVO 4G, Desire HD so it’s bit washed out compared to the SLCD on the other HTC devices and the Super-AMOLED on the Samsung’s. Frankly the HD7 is just too big for me (as seen in the video, I couldn’t swipe correctly using my left hand). The Trophy and Mozart have perfect form factor IMO.

  • Dario

    the reason it’s fast is because there is no HTC Sense, put that over the top of WP7 and watch it slow right down, still a sexy device