Details for the new model posted on Engadget show that it sports a 3.7-inch SLCD touchscreen, which it recently announced would be making its way onto the HTC Desire, and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, very similar to the Desire, so this is clearly HTC's Windows Phone equivalent to the highly-successful Android model.
It features an 8 megapixel camera and comes with three touch-sensitive buttons at the bottom: Back, Search, and Windows Home. Considering some complaints about these buttons not being very receptive on the Nexus One, this may have been a bad choice.
Other features which have not been confirmed, but which should come as standard as per Microsoft's requirements for devices running its latest operating system, include 256MB RAM, which may be double that to come closer to the Desire's offering, and 4GB of built-in storage. Wi-Fi, GPS and an accelerometer should also be included.
The phone, which has not been named, will run Windows Phone 7, Microsoft's latest offering into the growing world of smartphone operating systems. Surprisingly, however, there won't be HTC's Sense UI overlay to differentiate the user experience from other Windows Phone 7 mobiles.
Sense creates a more intuitive and user-friendly skin for the operating system of a phone, bringing it closer to the successful UI implemented on the iPhone.
Without this users will have the bare knuckles Windows Phone 7 experience, but this seems to be an intentional design by Microsoft which wants "firmer control" of how people use their phones, an effort that mimics the approach taken by Apple with its own devices.
That said, HTC is promising that while it will not be able to offer a full Sense skin, it may be able to alter things slightly to provide some additional features to its phones that sport Windows Phone 7.