2012 bringing 3 Windows Phone handsets from Samsung
The first of which will be the Samsung Mandel SGH-i667. We saw the Mandel make a trip through the FCC a few weeks ago, so that seems very likely. This handset is rumored to sport a WVGA display, LTE connectivity, and run Windows Phone Tango.
There isn’t much known about the other two handsets, except that they will supposedly be running Windows Phone Apollo. Based on that, our guess is that these two devices will not see the light of day until late 2012.
1. mercorp (Posts: 917; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)
these phones are small fry. Samsung is still attached to android forever...
2. tigermcm (Posts: 561; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
I agree with you and thats why I love the MS/Nokia partnership but so many fandroids feel Nokia should make android yet it seems every other manufacturer is dedicated to android why cant we have one to ourself
3. andro. (Posts: 1890; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
I agree,Samsung will not push the boundaries with innovation or spec in any way with windows phones as the and popularity and sales are way too low to warrant the expenditure.
9. snowgator (Posts: 3015; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Andro, I have seen way to many of your posts that are well thought out and intellegent to understand where the pure disdain for WP comes from.
1) WP is truly not, even in my opinion, a threat to Android so long as Google keeps pushing the limits as they have the last few years. Android has market saturation, amazing customization, always ahead of the curve in specs, and is a free OS for handsets to make a great profit on. I know you loves you some Android, but WP is trying to build their own marketshare. #1 OS is not realistic for the near future.
2) The metro UI you have posted a few times as a reason to dislike WP and holding it's sales down is another reason it will grow- Apollo should (pure rumor control warning) allow for more customization and user options. No, it will never be for everybody, which is another reason Android supporters shouldn't worry, but those who use it LOVE it. It is a true original way of using "widgets" and "bookmarks" to allow easy access to the users most favorite places and functions. It allows users to make their phone their own without spending a huge portion of time on it.
3) Every market in 2012 where WP has been supported, their sales have steadily climbed.
4) WP8 will brew an ecosystem that will reach PCs/Laptops, a Tablet friendly UI that manufacturers are DYING to jump on, and Smartphones in a way that so far other OS's have shot for and failed at. Again, bright future. Microsoft has decided to do things right instead of fast and then have to fix things.
Samsung is not a stupid company. They see this. There is huge growth over the next few lifecycles of WP. Again, I do not understand how someone as level headed as you can't see this. Baffles me. Now, I admit WP8 is make-or-break for Microsoft. All the more reason to bet on them knocking it out of the park.
13. andro. (Posts: 1890; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
Some of that may be true but my comments on windows come from day to day experience of witnessing no windows phone sales and seeing continual customer dislike for the windows ui. So much so that out of the 5 windows phones we sell 3 Will be taken off display to make room for new HTC one ranges and new Samsung androids. Space simply cant be given to items that dont sell. Windows phone sales maybe rising a bit but Thats mostly due to the fact that they are starting from practically zero
14. rd_nest (Posts: 435; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
Question is why should Samsung invest time/money in WP like in Android? What makes Nokia WP different from HTC WP units? Just exterior design and a few basic software? Samsung is successful because they were able to play to their strengths in the Android market. They sold more than 5million Notes. You need to think how this happened. They could differentiate their products in the crowded market. It's not a generic Android phone that customer buy from them. it's A Samsung-Android phone. They know that the internals will be beastly, screen will be high quality and interface will be fluid. Is there a way for Samsung to do this in WP platform? Not yet! Maybe in future, but it does not give them that leverage they enjoy in the Android market.
4. stipe (Posts: 33; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Samsung hasn t much chance against Nokia in windows phone category !!!!
5. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
@stipe is right. Samsung cheap plastic and ugly looking phones won't really stand a chance against Nokia's phones. The only department they can excel at is camera department which Nokia can be equally as good and also the display by utilizing their Super AMOLED+ displays. Not to mention, Nokia's WP7 handsets have Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and a bunch of other stuff.
12. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
Nokia excels at camera. Samsung have good screen, good processors and actually i don't mind the plastic. Except Nokia no one has taken windows phone market seriously. For the likes of HTC, LG windows phone is second in priority list. I think Samsung even prioritizes Bada more than windows.
17. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Samsung can't use its powerful Exynos processor because of MS's strict requirements for Windows Phone.
7. rg987 (Posts: 130; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
for wp, nokia is the king, Samsung have to work hard for this wp throne, but i think Samsung cant win that from Nokia,
bcoz in case of wp, Microsoft makes OS and skin development is not possible (like the ones we have in android) , the only work u got to do is BETTER SCREEN, GOOD CAMERA, SOME GOOD MANUFACTURER'S SOFTWARES(like nokia has nokia drive etc.) and the LOOKS,
LOOKS and MANUFACTURER'S SOFTWARES are the game changing thing here.
8. snowgator (Posts: 3015; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Okay, I have yet to play with a Nokia WP, as I am not in an area supported by T-Mobile. But I am looking to Sunday to see how the 900 looks. Mainly, because I love my Focus S, and the original Focus was one of the better WP as well.
Samsung sees WP as a viable option. Samsung has a R&D budget the size of some other companies entire budget, and they have a portion of that dedicated just to Apollo devices. Seeing how Sammy has excelled at Android, becoming the King of the biggest pond, I am not seeing why a motivated Sammy can't take over the smaller pond as well. Nokia has the most to gain by WP being successful, but Samsung isn't the largest manufacturer in the world right now because they fell asleep at the wheel. They will not just let Nokia run with WP.
10. greathero1 (Posts: 402; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)
I would love to see a Galaxy Note running Windows Phone. Microsoft needs to bump up the screen resolution to allow for better hardware to power their OS. Not that its needed but manufacturers have to be able to distinguish their products from the competition. The Apple model will not work for Microsoft as they are dependent on hardware OEMs. Either way, I cant wait to see what Sammy has in store for WP in the future. Hopefully the Galaxy line will show WP a little love!
11. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
O Nooooooooo not Windows phone pleaaaaaaase........
Another IOS circumscription¡
15. kindlefireowner (Posts: 232; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
How does every article abouts windows or apple end up about andriod.
16. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
iphone sucks arse. just wanted to put that out there. thank you and enjoy your awesome new NOKIA WINDOWS lumia 900's. I know i will. peace and salutations.
18. Jyakotu (Posts: 812; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
Samsung is probably going to be lazy and just use their Android designs and put Windows Phone on it. Uh, no. That's not what Samsung and other manufacturers need to do. Metro UI is here to say, deal with it. Plus, Samsung, nobody likes TouchWiz on Android. What Samsung needs to do is make some appealing hardware and have exclusive apps for their Windows Phone. That's what ALL manufacturers need to do to differentiate themselves in the Windows Phone scene. Android has skins to differentiate themselves, Windows Phone has apps.