We're still not sure how they've managed it, but ai.rs have acquired a pre-production HTC Leo - the company's upcoming 1GHz Snapdragon smartphone - and have sat it down for a serious photoshoot and screengrab session. Top of our list of questions was the Leo's screen type, and sure enough HTC have used a 4.3-inch multitouch-capable capacitive panel for the Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone.
The HTC Leo has made another appearance, this time courtesy of ai.rs, and the spec sheet for this Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone continues to grow in detail. The 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen handset runs at WVGA resolution and packs Qualcomm’s MSM8250 Snapdragon 1GHz chipset, together with a 5-megapixel autofocus camera and dual-LED flash.
Proving that RIM's hybrid capacitive/resistive touchscreen idea isn't the only way to address smartphone display usability, one of HTC's latest patent applications suggests using a new type of stylus to bring resistive-style accuracy to the increasingly popular capacitive panels. Their stylus has a magnetic head which can be registered by a standard capacitive display, meaning you can use your finger for general control and switch to the stylus for more precise or text input. Meanwhile, a second - slightly more far-fetched, it has to be said - patent describes a new type of dynamically adjusting screen that attempts to prevent people sneaking glances at your smartphone.
Synaptics invited SlashGear to their headquarters in Santa Clara this week to take a look at their latest capacitive touch-panel technology. The company has rebranded their existing ClearPad capacitive system to ClearPad 2000, so as to make room for their new flagship ClearPad 3000. This new panel can recognize up to 10 simultaneous finger touches together with complex multi-finger gestures such as pinch, pivot-rotate and rotate, with reduced latency and increase accuracy over what we've seen from capacitive panels to-date.
Video demo of ClearPad 3000 after the cut