Samsung Focus, HTC Surround, Samsung Omnia 7 review round-up

I just wanted to give you the heads up on a couple in-depth reviews of the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround and Samsung Omnia 7 review posted by the good folks at PhoneArena (US) and GSMArena (EU). As it is usually the case with both website their reviews cover all the hardware and software features of the phones and a lots of media including photo & video samples and walkthrough videos. As I’ve said before you can’t go wrong with any of the currently announced Windows Phone 7 handset but Samsung’s hardware seems to be the best match for the OS thanks to the Super-AMOLED screen (that’s if you can live with the PenTile-Matrix sub-pixel arrangement). Unfortunately HTC seems to have messed up the camera software (or the sensors used aren’t really that good) especially in video mode.

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HTC Mondrian / T8788 render shows up with AT&T U-Verse Hub

Don’t you love it when leaked renders of upcoming handset just pop up left and right? Today’s the HTC Mondrian which doesn’t exactly look like the previous “HTC Mondrian” renders at all. So I will assume that this is the real Mondrian and  that the previous shots featured the HTC 7 Trophy /Spark.Notice that device pictured above doesn’t feature the volume rocker on the the left side of the device but on the right side  and that the earpiece has a chrome bezel just like the HTC T8788 that we saw a couple of weeks ago. So there you have it. The HTC Mondrian coming out on AT&T is the HTC T8788with the sliding-out speaker. You can clearly see AT&T branding and U-Verse Hub on the phone (also not that this render is identical to the one feature in the leaked TV Spots).

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Real live pictures of the HTC HD7 / HTC HD3

Well ,look at this… Here are the first real live pictures of the HTC HD7 which is apparently also called the HTC HD3 . The device seems to have a kickstand too and matches the schematic view we saw ealier. More pictures after the break:

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HTC HD7 render and specifications leaks ?

Here’s the first render of the HTC HD7 (or HTC T878 or HTC 7 Trophy?)that we saw in schematic view this morning. The specifications of the device aren’t confirmed at all but look exactly like what everybody was expecting given the Windows Phone 7 minimum hardware requirements. The device apparently packs a Qualcomm QSD8250 Snapdragon @ 1ghz, 8Gb of internal memory a 5Mp camera (not 8Mp?) and a 4.3″ screen. I personally find it strange that this supposedly high end device has lower specs than the recently announced HTC Desire HD (which has an MSM8255 and an 8Mp camera..). Keep in mind that this can all be fake…

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HTC HD7 schematic: fake or real ?

Here’s what is supposedly a schematic of the rumored HTC HD7. Take it with caution given that this can be easily faked (or just be another WP7 device from HTC other than the rumored HD7).  The front looks nearly identical to the HTC 7 Trophy with the hardware buttons below the screen. Just take a look at the HTC HD2, EVO4G or Desire HD and you will see that the their buttons are located in the same region but seem take less space compared to what we are seeing above. The screen is maybe a smaller than 4.3 this time around (or the schematic isn’t ver yaccurate) But I wouldn’t be surprised if HTC re-used the original HD2/ EVO4G or Desire HD chassis and just slapped WP7 on it. Other than that there isn’t much to say so let’s just wait a few days…

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HTC 7 Trophy in the wild. Looks like the HTC T8788

Here are the “first” live pictures of the rumored HTC 7 Trophy handset. As you can see it look relatively similar to the HTC T8788 Windows Phone 7 handset with the sliding-speaker we saw not long ago over at Engadget (and rumored to be called the HTC Surround on AT&T). As I already said many times in the past (and in the previous post); HTC’s devices always have several code-names depending on the country and carrier they are going to be released on. One more picture after the break:

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HTC HD7 to be released on October 18th ?

The mysterious HTC HD7 is apparently going to hit the European market on October 18th if the O2 document pictured above turns out to be true. The device will go on sale for €599 without any strings attached or €79 with a 2 year contract (on Germany’s O2 network). We still don’t have any info on the HTC HD7 hardware but my guess is that it will either be the HTC T8788 (also rumored to be called the HTC Surround) or maybe the official name of the HTC Schubert / Mozart.
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Samsung Cetus, Samsung Focus, HTC Surround and 3 other Windows Phone 7 devices hitting AT&T this fall

According to Engadget’s sources AT&T is expected to launch 6 Windows Phone 7 handsets this fall. The Samsung Cetus i917 which we already heard about, the Samsung Focus which I guess is the Samsung i8700 we saw lately, the HTC Surround which may be the HTC T8788 and 3 other device. If I had to guess I would say that the LG E900 and LG C900 are 2 of the unnamed devices and probably an other HTC handset (the HTC Schubert which has been spotted on ATT’s network ) but there’s no sign of the Dell Lightning.This should come as a surprise to anyone after the statement that AT&T will be the lead Windows Phone 7 launch partner in the US. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is also headed to the carrier’s roster.

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New HTC T8788 Windows Phone 7 revealed

Engadget’s master leaker is back at it again today. After leaking the Samsung Cetus, LG C900 and T-Mobile G2 here comes the mysterious HTC T8788 Windows Phone 7 device spotted on AT&T’s network a few days ago. Not much is know about it yet other than whet you se in the pictures. The screen seems to big a bit bigger than 3.7 (but this can be a illusion caused by the camera) and the device apparently has a sliding speaker instead of a sliding keyboard. One More picture after the break:

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LG C900 and HTC T8788 Windows Phone 7 devices running on AT&T’s network

Remember the LG C900 that I found out about back in April? Well it is now in the wild and running on AT&T’s network. The same goes for the HTC T8788 Windows Phone 7 device who was also caught by WMPU on the same AT&T pipes. This HTC handset is probably the Mondrian and / or the device with have seen a few days ago in the leaked spy shots.

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