Leaked Windows Phone 7 ROM reveals HTC ‘Mondrian’

Smartphone codejockey site XDA Developers has gotten hold of a leaked ROM for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS which is due to debut on a new wave of devices by the end of this year.

The first of those smartphones could be the HTC ‘Mondrian’ images and base specs for which are contained within the ROM file which identifies itself as ‘Windows Mobile 7’

HTC has already signed up as a partner for Windows Phone 7 and an image of the Mondrian – which could be the real deal or just a mock-up placeholder – appears in the ROM for use when the phone is connected to Windows 7’s Windows Mobile Device Centre.

This shows the Mondrian bearing the three must-have buttons on the front panel – back Windows and search – as well as a rather large display which the ROM data identifies as being a 4.3 inch screen. The processor is believed to be Qualcomm’s 1.3GHz Snapdragon 8650 ARM powerplant built using the new 45nm ‘Scorpion’ core.

(If you’re wondering about the significance of the Mondrian codename Piet Mondrian is a Dutch painter best know for his works composed of intersection vertical and horizontal lines which bear more than a passing resemblance to the various-sized ‘live tiles’ on the Windows Phone 7 UI).