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Here Comes Windows Phone 7

Spec Chart: Compare and Contrast

So how does all of this new hardware compare? Let's take a look...

Model
CPU
RAM
Storage
Screen Size
Resolution
Camera
America-Bound?
Carrier
HTC HD7
Qualcomm
1 GHz MSM8250
(Snapdragon)
576 MB
8-16 GB
4.3"
480x800
LCD
5 MP
Autofocus
Dual-LED Flash
720p Video
Yes
T-Mobile
HTC 7 Surround
Qualcomm
1 GHz MSM8250
(Snapdragon)
448 MB
16 GB
3.8"
480x800
LCD
5 MP
Autofocus
LED Flash
720p Video
Yes
AT&T
HTC 7 Pro
1 GHz
(make and model TBA)
448 MB
16 GB
3.6"
480x800
LCD
8 MP
Autofocus
Xenon Flash
720p Video
Yes
Sprint (2011)
LG Quantum/Optimus 7Q
Qualcomm
1 GHz MSM8650
(Snapdragon)
256 MB
16 GB
3.5"
480x800
5 MP
Autofocus TBA
Flash TBA
720p Video
Yes
AT&T
Samsung Focus
Qualcomm
1 GHz MSM8250
(Snapdragon)
512 MB
8 GB
4.0"
480x800
AMOLED
5 MP
Autofocus TBA
LED Flash
Video TBA
Yes
AT&T
Dell Venue Pro
Qualcomm
1 GHz MSM8250
(Snapdragon)
512 MB
8 GB
4.1"
480x800
AMOLED
5 MP
Autofocus TBA
Flash TBA
Video TBA
Yes
T-Mobile
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HTC 7 Mozart
Qualcomm
1 GHz MSM8250
(Snapdragon)
576 MB
8 GB
3.7"
480x800
8 MP
Autofocus
Xenon Flash
720p Video
No
HTC 7 Trophy
Qualcomm
1 GHz MSM8250
(Snapdragon)
576 MB
8 GB
3.8"
480x800
5 MP
Autofocus
LED Flash
720p Video
No
LG Optimus 7
Qualcomm
1 GHz MSM8650
(Snapdragon)
TBA MB
16 GB
3.8"
480x800
5 MP
Autofocus
LED Flash
720p Video
No
Samsung Omnia 7
Qualcomm
1 GHz MSM8250
(Snapdragon)
512 MB
8 GB
4.0"
480x800
AMOLED
5 MP
Autofocus TBA
LED Flash
720p Video
No

So how does all this hardware compare? Nine of the ten phones in the chart use one of the two original Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets, with the only exception being the HTC 7 Pro. Chances are the 7 Pro uses some sort of Snapdragon, too, but we have yet to confirm this.

RAM is quickly becoming one of the most, if not the most, important specs in the smartphone arena. Samsung and LG seem to be bringing up the rear with 256 MB (the minimum for WP7 phones, as dictated by Microsoft), while HTC and Dell range from 448-576 MB. More RAM gives applications some elbow room, so more is always better.

As for the displays, every phone has a 480x800 resolution screen. The sizes differ, so there seems to be a size for everyone, from the more compact LG Quantum to the HD7 goliath. Cameras are also pretty even across the board, with the Mozart being the only phone with a sensor better than 5 MP.

Image via MobileCrunch

Image via MobileCrunch

If we had to pick two front runners for the American market, they would be the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro. The HD7 is the cream of the crop, pairing top-notch hardware with a beautiful, gigantic screen. The Venue Pro is our physical keyboard pick, as it pairs a solid-looking portrait QWERTY keyboard with that beautiful AMOLED screen and RAM to spare.

  • WM7 looks horrible, this is not yet finished product, MS brings iPhone parody, the good from wm6.5 is lost and the bad from iPhone is here - I think wm7 will not last long, maybe there will be newer version soon (simmilar to vista -> win7) or better: ms will leave this segment.
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  • L0tus
    I'm mostly looking forward to the connectivity with my current windows platform. It can be such a pain to get other types of phones to talk to my PC.

    As for the spammers...can you not just ban the IP addresses, send them viruses or something. These f***ing w*nkers are seriously degrading my online experience at Toms.
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  • back_by_demand
    The Mozart or Trophy are looking most likely for me
    Neither skimp on the hardware, but aren't too large to handle easily
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  • d_kuhn
    Wow I don't think I've ever seen a site infested so quickly... apparently spammers have sorted out your registration process.
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  • darkwingz24
    The Samsung Omnia and LG Optimus look better than their US counterparts. Maybe it's just me but I don't like the excessive roundness and prefer the more rectangular look. It (the rounded design) makes the phone look bulky since visually there's more 'dead' space around the screen. I'm really looking forward to more choices and as L0tus said more integration and connectivity to my Windows PC.
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  • I love the HD2, does everything I need and some, there are tons of apps and utilities to really make it a useful and very nice,I can't wait to get my hands on the HD7. People need to get rid of their bashing and wait and see, that fanboy mentality gets old, WP7 is looking good but I won't know for sure until I get it in my hands on it.
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  • IM0001
    Cannot wait for the HTC 7 Pro. Looks like HTC is bringing fantastic TP2 design to WP7 and I love that. The HD7 and HTC Surround also look pretty fantastic but I am not leaving Sprint for one of those.

    The one thing you can tell is all the device partners have solid yet similar hardware sine they all want to have a step above the minimum requirements, but does not want to throw out a killer phone just yet. More than likely early or mid 2011 we will start seeing some awesome killer phones with duel core cpu's and more memory, better cameras, etc. For now they all look solid and again, I cannot wait to get my hands on a Pro.
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  • Can't wait for these, hopefully some will make their way to canada soon!
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  • According to this link by MS the Samsung Focus actually had 512MB of Ram. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windowsphone/glance.aspx
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  • The Dell Venue Pro review says its going to AT&T, but the comparison chart and every other site says it's going to T-Mobile.
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