Half of the smartphones running on the new Windows Phone 7 operating system will be manufactured by HTC. Seeing as the company has a history of creating pretty good devices that work and look great, that doesn’t seem very surprising. HTC can also just use any of their current Android smartphones as a base for the new WP7 OS, which they actually did with the new HTC 7 Mozart .
The HTC 7 Mozart is almost a full copy of the successful HTC Desire/Nexus One, with some minor external changes and of course, some nice internal upgrades. That is actually a good thing, as you know that you’re buying a proven platform that has all the hardware bugs fixed and will last for a long time without any problems (the software part is another question, though).
The smartphone runs on a 1 GHz QSD8250 Snapdragon processor and has 576 MB of RAM, 512 MB of ROM and 8 GB of internal storage for all your data – pretty standard specs for such a phone, and they conform to Microsoft’s minimum hardware recommendations for a Windows Phone 7 device. The battery on the Mozart should last for a good 24 hours or more of normal use – it is a 1300 mAh Lithium Polymer battery, which are known to provide the most power for their size and capacity.
The screen is a beautiful 3.7 inch Super LCD unit, which provides great contrast, brightness and colors at a resolution of 800×480 (or WVGA, if you wish). The phone’s body is very well built and is pretty slim at 11.9 mm, which may make one hand operations a bit difficult for some people. On the back, you will find a nice 8 megapixels camera with Xenon flash that should be able to provide great pictures and can shoot 720p videos at 30 FPS (again, standard specs as per Microsoft’s recommendations).
Other specs include the usual Assisted GPS capability, HSPA 3G support of up to 7.2 Mbit download and 2.0 Mbit upload speeds, Wifi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR (which works very well, by the way), integrated accelerometer and magnetometer (i.e. a compass) and support for hardware accelerated graphics and 720p HD video playback (which is a must since you can shoot in such high quality).
The HTC 7 Mozart is a very attractive phone and if you liked or at least tried the Nexus One or HTC Desire, and want to get a Windows Phone 7 device (for whatever reasons), you can be sure that it will work well and have no hardware problems (as the platform has been tested in the real world for more than a year now).
This smartphone will be available in the US and Europe in November – December 2010, and will be priced at about $200 subsidized with a contract from a major cellphone company, which is a good trade off.