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HTC Makes First Multitouch Windows Mobile Smartphone

Gordon Kelly


Capacitive or resistive screen? Multi-touch or no multi-touch? They have (quite rightly) become two of the first questions on many readers lips whenever we discuss touchscreen mobile phones. Well here is an exciting breakthrough for you...

Video has emerged of the HTC Leo sporting both of these features. Why is this a big deal? Because the Leo is a Windows Mobile 6.5/Windows Phone handset and no Windows Mobile based smartphone has ever supported capacitive screens, let alone multi-touch (multi-touch doesn't work on commercial resistive screens). Microsoft has never enabled support!

So how has HTC done it? (I'm asking a lot of questions today). Talk is this is yet another example of the innovative Taiwanese giant customising Microsoft code. Consequently the Leo will feature multi-touch within the browser, Google Maps, photo viewer and even the video player. Now throw in the Leo's cutting edge specs:

  • 4.3in 480 x 800 capacitive touchscreen

  • 5MP camera, dual LED flash

  • aGPS

  • WiFi

  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR

  • Snapdragon 1GHz chipset

  • microSD expansion slot (32GB compatible)

  • 3.5mm headphone jack (hurrah!)

  • 121 x 67 x 11mm dimensions

  • 1,250 mAh battery
Combine it with HTC's usual UI spit and polish and you have a Windows Mobile smartphone set to cause genuine excitement. Q4 is the planned arrival timeframe for the Leo and, should this pan out, let's just say Microsoft owes HTC big time.

In related news The HTC Hero is about to get a much needed speed boost courtesy of the new '2.73.405.5' ROM update. Touch to focus functionality (just like the iPhone 3GS) is also in there and early feedback is extremely positive. Hero owners download it now!


via PocketPT.net

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