12-megapixel WP7 phone by HTC leaks out (hands-on video)

12-megapixel WP7 phone by HTC leaks out (hands-on video)
UPDATE: The mysterious handset seems to have gotten more than just a couple of snapshots - a full hands-on video demonstrating all new features of Windows Phone Mango was shot using this very HTC-branded device. Check out the full video below to get an idea about the real-life performance of the handset.

Windows Phone is a developing platform, but it hasn’t had a single cameraphone that would truly appeal to the photo enthusiast. This changes now as images of a 12-megapixel cameraphone by HTC leaked out in the hands of notorious Russian tech blogger Eldar Murtazin. Naming or any other details except for the camera, remain unknown, but the similarity with the HTC Trophy or the rumored HTC Mazaa is noticeable. Design-wise, the yet unannounced handset looks very refined, with a sleek body, while on the front a silver line encircles the screen adding to the premium look of the device. A large speaker grill on top contributes to the industrial “HTC” feel of the handset. The only other tiny detail we could notice is a volume rocker on the left side.

You’ve probably heard rumors about the HTC Bresson, which is supposed to up the stakes in the megapixel race to 16 megapixels, but this HTC-branded handset running Windows Phone 7 is as real as it gets. With a 12-megapixel camera on board, it’s easily one of the most enticing photo-centric WP7 solutions. It should offer plenty of camera options, but so far we can only be sure about various exposure settings, which you can see on the images below.

As Murtazin mentions, the device is definitely not a Nokia, which leads us into thinking that it might roll out earlier than a Nokia-made handset. While HTC hasn’t exactly flourished when it comes to cameras in the past, it has made significant progress in its latest phones and now it might even catch the attention of photo enthusiasts if it manages to get the handset to shelves earlier than Nokia. What's your suggestion about this handset? Don't hesitate to voice your opinion in the comments below!

source: Eldar Murtazin (Twitter)

Thanks, Philip!



20. jimjam unregistered

no front facing camera? :(

7. v anne unregistered

i so wish i understood what he was saying... i get some of it. i currently have a first generation windows phone and have been dying to move on once my contract let me do so. now that i can, there are so many new choices. what do i choose now? droid? iphone? another windows os? i have to say, my impression of my windows phone has been less than stellar. i have an htc phone w/a 5mp camera that takes forever to shoot, only has an onscreen (touch) camera button, and the entire system, texting, internet, any application, would freeze up or just run extremely slow... i carefully researched everything before i purchased the phone i have, and will be doing my homework this time too, but in the meantime, i've been a frustrated windows phone owner for the last 18months, and i'm ready for something new, and much more user friendly. btw...i really don't want to go the route of the iphone. i know there are other great options out there. i want to see them! ;)

11. NMexpo unregistered

You mean Windows Mobile and NOT Windows Phone right??? Two totally different UIs

16. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Yup, sounds like you are using a Windows Mobile device... Or as it's been reffered to as, Windows Phone Classic... COMPLETELY different than Windows Phone 7! Depending on your needs, you should really try Windows Phone 7.

19. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

The give away is the indication that the camera only has a onscreen (touch) camera button since WP7 chassis are required to have a physical camera button. Microsoft really has to fix this lack of differentiation! It is sinking WP7 before it has a chance, or at least preventing it from gaining enough momentum for terminal velocity...

6. Seylan unregistered

It will be no match for a Nokia running WP7.1 :) And I bet the N8 has a better camera than this...

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1846; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

i am really on the fence on going to windows phone seven. I used to be all about windows mobile. Then i went to android and now Iphone. And to be honest it is gonna be hard to get away from going back and forth between apple and android. I really love them both.

18. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

I admire your courage in stating so in this forum; +1. Not the easiest thing to do when your fence sitting opens yourself to ridicule from both lovers and haters. I myself can't wait for the right hardware to come along to Sprint so I can jump ship from WinMo to WP7; this may be the golden child if Sprint pulls it out of a hat!

3. rabbit unregistered

gsm or cdma???

4. phbelov

Posts: 124; Member since: Mar 25, 2011

I think that GSM because Eldar doesn't review devices for the US.

12. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

You do realize that we have GSM in this country right?

15. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

That's the Point... Devices for outside the Country are GSM...

17. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Both CSMA and GSM are operated both within and without the US

2. AntMcl unregistered

Hmm, that looks like a sort of WP7 Sensation to me.

1. phbelov

Posts: 124; Member since: Mar 25, 2011

It'll run WP 7.1 Mango :)

21. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

haha ya... except this phone never will come out... it is the mazaa which is now the next gen wp7 microsoft testing device...

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