HTC Firestone (Leo) Surfaces

Another hit by the HTC in the market, the folk over engadget posted the following: This, supposedly, is the HTC Leo (codenamed Firestone), due to be the successor to awesome Touch HD (Blackstone). The eagle eyed among you may notice the inclusion of a Windows key, which as of MWC09, is now a requirement on all new "Windows Phones" and mahoosive speakers (front and back) for audio playback. Specs for this one are pretty droolworthy:
  • MSM 8250 1Ghz CPU (Snapdragon!)
  • Quad-band GSM/EDGE connectivity
  • Dual-band HSDPA connectivity (900/2100 MHz)
  • 4.3 inch WVGA (480 x 800) capacitive touch screen display
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Accelerometer
  • Light & proximity sensors
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • 5MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash
  • 512MB flash memory, 320MB RAM
  • MicroSD card support
  • 1230 mAh battery
  • 121 x 67 x 11 millimetres
Jeebus, where do I start! Well, for one, I know a fair few of you out there have been dying for WM to get multi-touch and capacitive screens. Looks like the Leo could make those dreams a reality, especially as Synaptics (maker of laptop trackpads and HTC's Android device screens) have just announced a new capacitive screen that can track up to 10 fingers!
Of course, a new, unannounced high-end HTC device would not be complete without Qualcomm's all singing all dancing
Snapdragon platform, which is why the Leo's packing it. Dual-LED flash for the camera sounds like a step in the right direction but, well, how many LED flashes have you seen that are actually any good? I'd be very interested to see how the "proximity sensor" is implemented. I fear it's more for knowing if the phone is against your face than for knowing when your hand comes into range...but either way, should be interesting! 3.5mm headset jack, well, supposedly this is quickly going to become the norm for a large majority of future HTC devices, so no real surprise there. The only other thing to mention is size. Smaller than the Toshiba TG01 but larger than the already quite sizeable HTC Touch HD, the Leo is set to carry a whopping 4.3" display which, when coupled with Snapdragon, should make an awesome device for watching native 720p content. Obviously, even though Snapdragon can handle resolutions up to 1280x720, it's highly unlikey we'll see anything like that on the Leo but as Snapdragon can decode 720p content in the hardware, providing HTC don't cock about with the drivers, even downscaled 720p should look amazing and play as smooth as silk. Couple all that with the massive speakers and the Leo is shaping up to be quite the personal media player!

Don't know about the rest of you but this is definitely going on my DO WANT list