It’s only been a few hours since we posted a video of the startup sequence of the HTC Leo. Now, we’ve been able to get our hands on a video that shows some of the new features of HTC Leo ROM and the TouchFLO 3D improvements (with a splash of Sense UI of course). You’ll notice that the music and pictures tabs have gotten some new animations and it appears that HTC has replaced the standard Windows Mobile SMS app with a new more finger friendly one. If you have nearly 10 minutes to space, site back, relax, and hit the play button.
Last Friday, we were treated to a few renderings of the HTC Leo. At the time, we were not 100% certain that the images were authentic, but a new leaked HTC Leo ROM has been able to clear a few things up for us. The video above shows the startup sequence of the HTC Leo which depicts a 3D animation of the handset and how to insert the SIM card. Not many details can be seen in the animation, but from the looks of it, things match up pretty closely to the images from last week. p>
As noted in the video, the keyboard tutorial is reminiscent of the one found of the Android powered HTC Hero. Right at the end you’ll also notice that the TouchFLO 3 UI has been tweaked quite a bit, adding in icons and the widget looks from the Sense UI.
I’ve gotten quite a few emails from HTC fans complaining that HTC has been focusing too much on Android and has forgotten about Windows Mobile. HTC has even admitted that Android is a key to their 2009 market strategy for growth, but it you’re still waiting for a new WM phone to drool over, HTC has a few more tricks up their sleeve for 2009.
A few new renderings of the HTC Leo have just surfaced that give us a good look at the front and back sides of the HTC handset. Early speculations indicated that the HTC Leo will measure 121×67×11 mm and will features 4.3 inch capacitive WVGA touch screen. We’re a bit surprised by this, but the Leo is also expected to ship with a 1 Ghz Qualcomm MSM 8250 processor which would make it HTC’s fastest and most powerful handset to date. A 5mp camera will be accompanied by an LED flash, 512MB ROM, 320MB RAM, and 1230 mAh battery. HTC will also be including a S-sensor, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and that coveter 3.5mm headphone jack for all the music junkies out there.
From what we see here, the HTC Leo is turning out be one of the most exciting HTC handsets in a while (ok, I’m still wishing I had the HTC Hero, but a 1Ghz processor in a phone can make anyone change their mind). It’s still way to early to speculate on pricing, but expect the HTC Leo to hit store shelves in Europe some time before the holiday season.
Source: WM Power User