Back in December, the HTC Trophy made its first appearance in an internal roadmap, and it’s finally getting around to coming to market as it has passed through the Global Certification Forum. Back then it was listed as running Windows Mobile 6.5, but at this point, it’s a likely candidate for the fall launch of Windows Phone 7. There’s a conspicuous “7” in the model name which would seem to verify that, but nothing explicitly confirms the presence of Windows Phone 7.
The HTC Trophy is shaping up to be an interesting-looking device, packing both a physical QWERTY keypad and 3″ VGA capacitive touchscreen in a candybar form factor. It’ll have a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, GPS, HSPA 3G with downlink up to 7.2 Mbps, and Wi-Fi b/g.
Unfortunately, bands that were certified (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900) suggest a European and Asian launch, and not North American. Tough break, because Android’s going crazy over here, and Windows Phone 7 needs to start winning some hearts as soon as possible if it wants to really compete. Take a look at our hands-on video of Windows Phone 7 to see if you’re going to be interested any of the locally-available options, like the LG E900.