Hands-on with the HTC Surround, a Slider with a Hidden Speaker

HTC SurroundAt the Windows Phone 7 launch on Monday, each announced phone appeared to have some unique trait that it is stressing. The AT&T HTC Surround with Windows Phone 7 on its face looks like a standard slab of a smart phone, but underneath is a slide-out speaker, making it a good phone for jamming with (or annoying) your friends and family.

We got our hands on the Surround for a few minutes, and most of the usual modern smart phone credentials are covered here. The phone has a 3.8-inch touch screen, a 1-GHz Snapdragon processor, and a 5-megapixel camera with flash and HD video recording.

The most noticeable feature on the HTC Surround was easily the “Dolby Surround Speaker,” and it is accented by a sturdy-feeling kickstand on the back. The music playing on the device sounded good and played loud enough to hear, but the room we were in was too loud to ideally test the sound quality. This and the HTC HD7 (which has a kickstand and a 4.3-inch screen) will probably be the two go-to phones for media-lovers looking at Windows Phone 7.

Sadly, the unit we looked at didn’t have much software that was outside of the usual Windows Phone 7 offerings like Xbox Live, Zune, and Photos. The OS did look good and cycled smoothly on the machine, just like on most WP7 devices.

The HTC Surround will go on sale from AT&T a few weeks after November 8. More photos of the device can be found below.

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