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HTC Smartphone Spotted Running Windows Phone 7

A device bearing HTC's branding and running Windows Phone 7 has been spotted and three photos of it have been sent to blogging website Engadget (opens in new tab).

The anonymous source said that the device came with a 3.7-inch LCD touchscreen, a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a trio of touch sensitive buttons, a 8-megapixel camera with flash and what Engadget considers to be a developer build of Windows Phone 7.

Amongst other rumours that Engadget unearthed include the fact that the phone might be called the Spark and might be sold on Verizon Wireless and Sprint.

There were no HTC Sense UI skinning as well on this one which means that the device might be a developer/test device only although there's a clear Windows logo at the back of it.

It does also prove to some extent that the same hardware can be used for Windows Phone 7 and Android, a strategy that perfectly makes sense for HTC and allows it to enjoy bigger economies of scale. Head over to Engadget to check the pictures.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.