HTC HD7 specs leaked

Details about HTC's up-coming Windows Phone 7 handset, the HTC HD7, have leaked ahead of schedule - and it's looking like the company is shaving costs in a few areas.

The specifications leak comes from German HTC fan site HTCInside.de, and reveals a generous 4.3-inch WVGA resolution display capable of a full 16.7 million colours, making Windows Phone 7's new user interface really stand out.

The processor behind it all is a standard Qualcomm Snapdragon ARM-based chip running at 1GHz, which is a pretty nippy chip - although becoming rapidly outclassed by the current crop of 1.2GHz and 1.5GHz dual-core ARM processors that up-coming high-end handsets are packing.

Photography and video is taken care of with a five megapixel sensor on the rear, which is again somewhat disappointing from a supposedly high-end handset, although HTC has at least thought to include dual LED flash for night-time shooting. Video is also supported, at a reported 720P resolution.

Storage, sadly, is one area where HTC has definitely cut corners. Shipping with a mere 8GB of internal storage space, you're not going to be doing a whole lot of HD recording - and there are disturbing rumours from Windows Mobile watcher WMPoweruser, which also provided the leaked image above, that the internal storage takes the form of a non-removable microSD card that is not user upgradeable.

For a flagship smartphone, HTC doesn't appear to have put a great deal of effort in - but we should give the company the benefit of the doubt and wait for a full release before we dismiss the device altogether.