Microsoft to hold a Windows Phone event on November 7
The first wave of Windows Phones hit the market in November of last year. AT&T offered customers the Samsung Focus, the HTC Surround and the LG Quantum while T-Mobile had the HTC HD7. This year it appears as though the event will strictly feature smartphones that will only be hitting the AT&T network, at least at the time of their launch.
The invite itself shows off the three smartphones bound for AT&T. Those three devices are the Samsung Focus Flash, the HTC Titan and the Samsung Focus S. Each of these second-gen Windows Phones will off course run on the updated Mango platform but there are differences about each in terms of hardware.
The Focus Flash has the smallest screen of the bunch, measuring in at 3.7-inches. The Focus S packs a 4.3-inch display which is an improvement over the 4-inch display found on the original Focus. Both of the Samsung handsets displays are of the Super AMOLED type. As far as screen real estate goes, the HTC Titan takes the cake since it packs a whopping 4.7-inch S-LCD display. Of course because its Windows Phone they all have resolutions of 480x800.
All three handsets also have single-core processors. Each Samsung device is clocked at 1.4GHz while the HTC Titan is clocked at 1.5GHz. The Focus Flash has a 5 megapixel camera while the Titan and the Focus S have 8 megapixel shooters. We expect that all three will be able to record video in 720p HD. Each device also has a front-facing camera that can be used to video chat when Microsoft launches newly acquired Skype on the platform or the app Tango that is beating Skype to the Windows Phone punch.
Hopefully we will have some release dates to mark on our calendars after the November 7 event. Once Nokia decides to bring their newly announced Windows Phones such as the Lumia 800 to the states Microsoft will have a solid arsenal in their war against the dominant mobile platforms. You might notice that on the invite it says “That’s not the only big thing Windows Phone has planned.” Any idea what Microsoft means by that? Tell us what you think.
1. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
“That’s not the only big thing Windows Phone has planned.”
Nokia Lumia 900?
I, personally, want Nokia to do the same with what Motorola has done: Bringing back old revolutionary phones with new revolutionary specs with epic naming schemes.
Droid + Razr = win.
If it was the n95 or the Communicator, well, I don't know but it should at least pack Windows Phone OS, 13MP Camera Carl Zeiss, a quad core for a change, their slide out form factor signature, and the like. and what happened to Nokia Morph btw???
4. raunak (Posts: 502; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)
lol. dual core support will come with Apollo and you're already talking about quad core? But yeah, Morph sounds great
5. Muhannad (Posts: 455; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
I would love to see that! I find it pretty stupid that Nokia doesn't put it's excellent hardware from Symbian in it's new WP7 devices.
Stuff like a display with 1000 Nits of Brightness, 12MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, loudest speaker in a smartphone!
3. snowgator (Posts: 3200; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Would it be wrong to hope for a hint from Microsoft as to when the CDMA carriers - Sprint and Verizon- get in on the act? Since this event is hosting the three AT&T options, odds are probably not. AT&T has been the biggest supporter of WP since it's launch, and really desearves this event all to itself. Geez, I just paid the Evil Empire a compliment. Hope THAT doesn't become a habit.
Still, the only hope the CDMA's have for a next gen WP device is the LG phone that made it through the FCC recently. Haven't heard a peep about it since. Be nice for an update soon if not November 7th.
And some Nokia 900 gossip would be nice, like bobfreking55 suggested.....
6. downphoenix (Posts: 2295; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
Microsoft, please stop favoring AT&T and T-Mobile so much and give us good WP7 phones. the only reasn they have sold the best with them is because of 3 reasons : 1) They have the best WP7 phones that are the most worthwhile of buying 2) They got them several months before spritn and verizon 3) The sprint and verizon ones suck, and that's putting it nicely.
If you wantg to be serious with competing against android and apple, you have to stop playing favorites.
7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5617; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
@down - I think you nailed it. MS doesn't seem to be serious with WP7. Single core CPU? Display resolution of 480x800? One (maybe) CDMA handset? WTF!? MS is looking like RIM more and more....
8. BReND0 (Posts: 59; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)
Well this may be a dumb question....I've been searching all the sites , but cant find concrete answers.......
Does beats audio signify , ur only getting beats headphones with HTC phones, or will the speakers for HTC phones actually be Beats audio units as well ??????
cuz we all know htc speaker phone and audio is sub par, but i like all the new phones they (amaze, sensation xe) , but if beats deal only means ull only get earbuds, and no internal speakers , im prob gonna pass.....i would love to blast pandora or my music out off some kick ass speaker
9. shafboy (Posts: 179; Member since: 26 Sep 2010)
I'm hoping for even better and new features for Windows Phone!
10. chirole (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
I think its not a great time to buy a WP7 and better wait for 8 since WP7 would be obsolete the moment WP8 is released sometime next mid year.