One of the things Microsoft currently needs in its mobile playing field is a phone that says "oooh I gotta have." So far, the current crop of Windows Phone 7-based smartphones haven't really done that; they haven't really knocked any socks off. But if recent leaks of the HTC Eternity proves true, then Microsoft may at least be getting closer to the ballpark in reaching some kind of wow-factor with a device sporting a screen just shy of a 5-inch tablet.
Unfortunately, the HTC Eternity's 4.7-inch screen may be the phone's only selling point. According to leaked details obtained by HTC Inside, the device will sport an older but revved-up 1.5 GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon SoC. The display itself – an SLCD screen – only sports an 800 x 480 (WVGA) resolution, a step down from qHD (960 x 540) screens already installed in devices on today's market. This limitation stems from Windows Phone 7's lack of support for qHD screens.
Outside the screen and processor, the HTC Eternity will supposedly feature 16 GB of eMMC memory and 512 MB of RAM. There will also be an 8MP rear-facing camera with autofocus and a pair of LED lights for shooting 720P video, and a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video calling. Other features will include dual microphones, SRS surround sound, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, DLNA support, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a GPS, a digital compass, an FM radio and possibly a 1650mAh battery.
According to the specs, the device will ship with Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.1 "Mango" build, meaning that it will likely arrive sometime this fall. It's also a WDCMDA / HSPA handset supporting HSDPA speeds of up to 14.4 Mbit/s and HSUPA speeds of up to 5.76 Mbit/s. That said, the HTC Eternity may actually be one of the better Windows Phone 7 smartphones on the market come Q3 2011... if the leaked specs are real, that is.