HTC look to be preparing their next wave of Windows Phone 7 devices, as two renders have been leaked showing the Prime and the Ignite. The two phones are closely related, but as is often the way these days, they’re separated by a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Looking at the Ignite first, it’s a slim, full-touchscreen design with an attractive polished metal surround and touch-sensitive Windows keys. The spec is said to include an 800MHz processor and 512MB RAM, a 3.7″ screen and a 5 megapixel camera.
The Prime shares the same spec details but has the slide-out keyboard. However, there is one very odd thing about the leaked specs – the screens are 480 x 800 resistive items. Enjoy those flashbacks to Windows Mobile phones of old, won’t you!
Now, there is every chance this is completely wrong, as Microsoft’s minimum specification for Windows Phone 7 includes a capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 800 minimum resolution, so this this almost certainly an error. But there is one thing that does spring to mind, what if there has been some relaxation on those rules and the Prime and Ignite are going to be ‘budget’ Windows Phone 7 handsets?
This would also fit in with the 800MHz clock speed of the processor, which although falls below the current known minimum for WP7, is probably still an ARM Cortex chip. Taking this speculation one step further, could these changes to the spec requirements come along when Mango is introduced, giving Microsoft a two-tier budget/premium smartphone approach?
If so, we still don’t think resistive is the way to go, so we’re hoping that the original Chinese source turns out to be wrong on that part!