In their quest to take on Android and the iPhone, Microsoft is preparing to release a slew of Windows 7 phones later on this year.
While Samsung is rumored to come out with an “iPhone clone,” it looks like HTC went the creative route and instead outfitted the speaker.
In case you neededÂ any more evidence that AT&T is going all-in withÂ Windows Phone 7, take a gander at this little beast, a phone known only as the HTC T8788 at this point (rest assured, you’ll get a snappy, memorable, trademarkable name by the time it’s on shelves). Though it’s a landscape slider, it doesn’t slide to reveal what you’d normally expect — a keyboard, that is. Instead, you get a speaker, an unusual (thoughÂ not unprecedented) concept that should make this a decent media device… and the kickstand around back should help with that, too. (via Engadget)
There is still no word on when HTC will release this phone to the masses, although thus far it looks like the company is making the same mistake as the Blackberry Torch by launching upon AT&T (the iPhone’s exclusive US carrier).
Carrier choice aside, the phone does look impressive, and hopefully we will receive some more tech specs in the future (either from HTC or Microsoft).
(via BGR, Image Credit: Engadget)