HTC, Samsung and LG coordinating a September launch of WP Mango handsets to fend off the next iPhone
HTC, Samsung and LG are all prepped up with their new Windows Phone Mango handsets, it seems, not to mention that the newcomers Acer, ZTE and Fujitsu, which will probably take care of the Asian market. In fact, Fujitsu already announced the first Mango handset for Japan only, a video presentation of which you can see below, and said it will be on sale after September.
HTC has more modest ambitions than the waterproof Fujitsu phone with the 13.2MP camera - the rumors about its next Windows Phone handsets cite that 1.5GHz chipsets by Qualcomm will be running the show, but the screen sizes start from 3.7", to the gargantuan 4.7" HTC Eternity.
Samsung might steal the show, however, with a Windows Phone version of its excellent Samsung Galaxy S II, which, if it keeps the dual-core Exynos processor, has every chance to become the flagship WP handset. Little is heard about LG's plans on the Mango front, but the manufacturer will no doubt issue a refresh of its Windows Phone lineup together with the other buddies.
The wildcard here is the Nokia Sea Ray phone, and whatever other one the Finns manage to concoct until Nokia World in October, when Stephen Elop is expected to present the first Nokia Windows Phones.
1. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)
Nokia Sea Rayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!
2. cyborg (unregistered)
Yay for Nokia Sea Ray. But I might get N9 though.
3. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)
They're both great phones, I really want to see what the Sea Ray is going to be capable of. I didn't like WP7 before, but now after seeing all these new features and a bunch of videos on youtube. I love it.
4. captn3x (unregistered)
In my opinion, Nokia is in trouble. Samsung and HTC have a lot of brand recognition in the states and Nokia used to make cool candy bar phones back in the late 90's. I really hope I am wrong because I like what Nokia has to offer. I believed in Nokia's chances when they were the only one showing major interest in WP7 but with all these new announcements they may just be another WP fighting for market share. come on Nokia, bring your A game!!!
5. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Nokia's game is Europe and abroad from us here in the States. They are pumping millions into promotion across the Old Countries to regain their sales in their stomping grounds. We here in the US will see Nokia's, which is freaking great. Love more options. But Nokia wants as much of a splash as they can in their usual stomping grounds first.
I agree they need their "A" game though. A lot of upset Symbian owners will need to be convinced Nokia still matters.
6. snowgator (Posts: 3159; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
BRING ON MANGO!!! Gotta love the iPhone, even if you hate it!! Apple does force all other handset makers and OS's into high gear!! Makes me feel better about waiting to jump on the W7 bandwagon. I can wait a few extra months for my contract to be up and have more options!!!
7. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
I've been interested in Windows Phone 7 for a long time. Ever since my friend got the HTC Surround and let me play with it (interestingly enough, most of her AT&T phones were Windows Mobile smartphones), I became very intrigued. I was with AT&T, but after going on board with my family's Sprint plan to save money, the only Windows Phone Sprint offers is the HTC Arrive. While it's a nice phone (and has a keyboard), it WOULD be lovely if Sprint would offer more WP7 handsets.
I know Sprint seems to be in a loving relationship with Android, but I'm quite frankly, over Android at this time. The thing I love about WP7 is that hardware requirements, the smooth responsiveness, and the Metro UI. For my smartphone, I honestly don't care about customizing it. All I care about are using all the functions. Sprint, I beg, PLEASE get some more WP7 handsets. I don't know if I can stay with Android much longer. If the HTC Arrive is all you're going to offer as far as WP7, then I might have to go back to AT&T because they've seem to embrace WP7.
8. Matty (Posts: 15; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)
The screen from the Fujitsu WP looks washed out and the colours are faded, especially the blacks. The OS looks well put together and on looks is the best OS imho, though android wins on functionality. A super amoled + screen on the Samsung version is gonna be something im looking forward to seeing. I might possibly jump ship from android once the Windows platform has matured a little and got the developer support. Currently an android user and the phone that is the best is what wins for me in the end and not my feelings to a particular OS/ company. The best smartphone currently on the market is the SGS2. Looking forward to how the Nexus 3/prime, iphone 5 and the windows handsets compare when they are released.