The Media Edition is what the gang at Redmond is betting heavily on. Not nearly as complete at this point as the Business Edition, there is a chance that we won't see this software in its final form until 2011, although we could see some small part of it at MWC in Barcelona next month. At the MWC, it is expected that we will see HD video, Mediaroom, XBox Live, Facebook and Twitter interfaces and Zune Music integration. The idea is to present an OS that would make a phone running on it appear to be close to that most mythical of Microsoft beasts-a Zune handset.
Regardless of which Edition you use, Business or Media, the "Orion" platform will work across all carriers and present a quick way for your location to be locked in to be passed along by API to third party software. Already part of Windows 7 for the desktop, this is a good example of how the lines are blurring between both the PC and mobile version of Windows.
The first device to run Seven-as it is being called-is expected to be the LG Apollo, launching in August or September of this year. A sizzling fast Qualcomm processor will be under the hood, running at 1.3GHz. The screen is a 3.8 inch capacitive AMOLED display that supports multi-touch. The Apollo will have 1GB of RAM and ROM and sport a 10MP camera with AF and flash. Being a world phone, it will support both GSM (HSDPA) and CDMA (EV-DO). Talk time on the included battery is 7.5 hours. Sprint and Verizon are supposed to get first crack at this stud which one hands-on report says "blows away the HD2". Considering the HD2 specs and how it runs, that would be quite a feat.
Expected to launch in October, the HTC Obession would be another Seven powered handset. Running a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, this GSM device would have a 3.7 inch AMOLED touchscreen with multi-touch support. The camera is a 5MP model with flash and captures HD 720p video at 25 fps. The Obsession looks to be heading to T-Mobile at first, and resembles the HTC Imagio.