Details on the HTC Legend – expected to be the company’s successor to the HTC Hero – have us anticipating quite the smartphone, and these leaked photos sent to Engadget are doing nothing to disappoint.  As we heard a couple of weeks back, the Legend’s casing is made of aluminum and it has an optical joystick rather than a trackball.

No new hardware details, so we’re assuming that the last lot of leaked specifications hold true.  That means a 3.2-inch HVGA AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 600MHz processor, 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, HSDPA/HSUPA, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS.  There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, 512MB of flash and 256MB of RAM.  We’re hoping the Legend makes an appearance at HTC’s press conference next week at Mobile World Congress 2010.