UK carrier O2 has announced that the hotly awaited Windows Phone 7 blower, the HD7 from Taiwanese manufacturer HTC, will be exclusive to its network.
The HD7 is one of ten handsets officially unveiled at Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 press call yesterday. O2 wasted no time in revealing that it would be the sole carrier offering the handset to UK customers starting October 21st both in-stores and online.
Customers will be able to pick it up free on a 24-month contract for £40 per month, which comes with a monthly allowance of 900 minutes, unlimited texts, 750MB data, plus unlimited Wi-Fi access at The Cloud and BT Openzone hotspots, or for a one off cost of just £379 on Pay & Go tariffs.
The HD7 is home to a ginormous 4.3-inch touchscreen display, a five-megapixel snapper with dual LED flash and HD video recording, and a 1GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 processor for smooth running of over 2,000 apps available at launch from the Windows Marketplace.
Extras include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, A-GPS functionality, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, G-Sensor, Digital Compass, microUSB port and a 3.5mm stereo headset jack. There is also a built-in kickstand to allow the kit be used as a desktop media player.
Of course, the main highlight of the HD7 is the operating system itself - Windows Phone 7, which has been reimagined from scratch to target savvy social networkers.
Key features of the OS include ‘Hubs’, that serve as a nexus of all your entertainment, information and personal space in a refreshingly innovative way.
Demonstrations of the OS also showcased the highly impressive text prediction system for fast on-screen typing and hardware accelerated PowerPoint presentations as part of the wider Microsoft Office suite integration.
Microsoft has also amalgamated its wildly popular Xbox Live service into the platform, allowing gamers to keep track of their online profile and friends even while they are on the move.
Steve Alder, General Manager of Devices at O2, said: “The large memory and big screen on the HTC HD7, a great exclusive for O2, means that our customers will get the very best experience out of Windows Phone 7”
“Windows Phone 7 is a completely fresh start for Microsoft and brings them right into the smartphone space”.