CES 2012 might see the launch of LTE Windows Phones with Mango

CES 2012 might see the launch of LTE Windows Phones with Mango
Windows Phone's Andy Lees explained at yesterday's New York event that the lack of CDMA handsets in the recently-outed crop with the Mango update is not something inherent to Windows Phone 7.5: "no limitation of the OS, it's a timing thing between the operator and the OEMs", he said.

Also, it tuns out that the LTE update of Mango is in the hands of manufacturers already, as per WP's product manager Greg Sullivan, who said that everybody has it, but Nokia was just more aggressive with the announcement about upcoming Nokia Windows Phones with LTE connectivity: "I don't think there's any kind of head start [Nokia] gets, but I think Stephen [Elop} was more aggressive in terms of getting out there with the news".

When asked if we are to expect Windows Phone 8 announced February at the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, as with all major mobile OS announcements in the last four years from Microsoft, Andy Lees just hinted with a smile, but didn't confirm or deny it. The next version of Microsoft's mobile OS is expected to support multicore chipsets and high-resolution displays, among other goodies.

An interesting thing slipped from Andy Lees about the low-cost Windows Phones plans. The rumored Tango update will allegedly bring support for 320x480 resolutions, but at the same time he said yesterday that WVGA screens have become so cheap that there is no point in supporting anything less than that. Could it be that Microsoft has given up on lower-res Windows Phones for its entry level onslaught? Or maybe the 320x480 support will be reserved for a different chassis on handsets with portrait physical QWERTY? We should know more in two months, when the CES 2012 expo will be here.

via PCMag

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8 Comments

1. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

if MS didn't follow apple with needing software to load/remove files from the phones i would be more into this announcement. i'm hoping with windows 8 that they will allow a PnP feature

6. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

eh it is something that is greater for most people.. at least on apple u have cydia to do everything… i jailbroke my wp and there realy wasnt much cept for the ability to change all the colors…

2. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

How could they not?

3. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

three screen resoultions (and only three) one low, one mid range and one high resolution is a much better option with respect to android's unlimited number resolutions . those much resoultions confuse the developers what to optimise for....i think so.

4. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Is it just me or is Windows Phone evolving at a very slow pace? I honestly can't see myself buying a WP Mango device with only a single core. What's the lifespan of such a device? Especially when dual core handsets with larger screens are expected next year. Additionally, Android should have taken another step forward by then. I honestly believe in the potential of WP, but at it's current rate of progress and basic connection issues like connecting to MS exchange I'm left very disappointed! Why is it easier to connect to MS Exchange from Android or IOS, but a pain in the butt on WP? It seems as though Microsoft has not adopted the leap-frog mentality, heck they'd probably get more customers if they just adopted the catch-up quicker mentality!

5. So-Sayz-Eye

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

I dont see the difference between how well WP works with single core compared to Android and its dual core. The only reason I even want WP to have dual core is for HD recording. The OS is optimized for single core so I dont feel hampered by it. But from a sales point of view consumers are stupid and will buy anything that's trending or perceived to be "hot", so if WP is to suceed it seems that MS just has to leapfrog and go straight to quad core and people would consider it more because it has to newest hottest tech.

7. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Consumers are pretty stupid. Really. I need 1/2 MILLION APPS. Sorry, but there is no phone that would EVER be able to use that. And as you say "so"...yea, people think QUAD core is IT! Yea, gotta have all those cores...when in fact a single core WP will whoop most dual core devices. Smoke and mirrors baby.

8. apocalypsebc

Posts: 148; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

When will more Windows Phone come to Sprint and Verizon?

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