Microsoft teases a WP7 version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, plus new handsets from Fujitsu, ZTE and Acer

Microsoft teases a WP7 version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, plus new handsets from Fujitsu, ZTE and Acer
Microsoft's WPC 2011 conference which we reported from yesterday is in full swing, and special time was dedicated to Windows Phone, with Redmond showing off not one or two, but four new WP handsets. While it didn't specify many details about the phones themselves, Microsoft reiterated that we will have three new manufacturers jumping on the bandwagon - Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE.

But there were actually four handsets on stage, with the fourth being none other but the Windows Phone version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, one of the best handsets money can currently buy. Samsung's phone, as well as all others that were present during the keynote, seemed to have the good ol' front-facing camera, which is a feature supported in Mango, so it will be a safe bet to conclude video calling is coming to Microsoft's mobile OS. Not to mention that we are just dying to see what Microsoft will do with the Skype integration in Windows Phone. "Phenomenal screen resolutions" was mentioned as an upcoming trend, but it didn't become clear if the talk was about Samsung's WP7 handset, or just a general remark.

What is even more exciting, however, is that Mango will likely usher us in the multicore era, if the replica of the Samsung Galaxy S II that was seen on stage at the WPC 2011 is any indication. Fujitsu's offering was shown in pink, and is... wait for it... waterproof, as most self-respecting smartphones in Japan are. It was also mentioned that it has a "great camera", and we know that the Fujitsu F-09C, which was announced for Japan three weeks ago has a 16MP Exmor R camera (and a swiveling 3D display, but that's a whole different story), so could it be the case here as well? From ZTE and Acer, as usual, we should expect great value for money ratio in their Windows Phone devices.

Have a look at the new WP7 handsets Microsoft teased us with today in the video below. The way the things are going we might see the Windows Phone version of the Samsung Galaxy S II before we welcome the Android original in the US.



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27 Comments

1. Waiting unregistered

i don't care if it's android or windows. i'll take whichever comes out first as long as it the gs2 comes out soon!

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i dont care what form the GS2 comes in america, it just needs to hurry up and get here. The folks at XDA will make sure we get to "choose" our OS if we wanted too. lol. As long as the internals are the same between the android and windows version i dont think it will take them too long to be able to pull windows off and put android on or vice versa.

2. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

I could easily be persuaded to buy the WP7 GSII instead of an HTC dual core WP7 phone. I wonder which will come to Sprint first?

15. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

I am honestly about to jump up and down. All 4 devices are big displays, high resolution, and without a keyboard. There has to be at least one of them going to Sprint. Verizon and Sprint only got a device each for round one, but you do save the best for last, right? :p

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Hey that Samsung Windows Phone 7 is a SEXY little beast. If it's a WP7 Galaxy S II that will be one heck of a phone. I want to hear more about THAT phone! It looked incredible!

4. Gcombs unregistered

Hell yeah! Can I get that with a 4G LTE radio for Verizon tomorrow? LOL

5. andro unregistered

It'll be funny to see the working results of the top level hardware of the sg2 crippled with the w7 system

6. tom unregistered

@andro Im sure you have never really used a WP7, untill then you should stick to commenting on android specific posts.

8. KParks23

Posts: 729; Member since: Oct 13, 2010

@ TOM..... nice i agree WP7 is pretty awesome im sticking with android tho but WP7 is def a contender

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

You know W7 is becoming mainstream and respected when people start trolling just to toss around insults. Microsoft thanks you for your efforts, andro....

14. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Android this, Android that, I hit a phandroid with a Windows bat. :D

9. remyrz

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

omiga omaiga omaigaaa mangooo i wantt you soo baad babyy!!! :DD

10. Leyjee

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 25, 2011

Wow a dual core WP7 that would be bangin!

12. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

WP7 GSII? Now that's something to look forward to! :)

13. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Omg omg omg omg Sprint better pick one of these bad boys my damn contract is up at the end of this month!!! I got some moneyy to blowww before the holidays!!!!

19. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

If I were you I'd wait till AFTER the holidays, unless the Arrive is cool with you. WP7 will have BEAST phones by end of this year/beginning of next year!

21. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Oh I plan on one of these being my next device for sure. Screw the Arrive lol.

16. ArmageddonX

Posts: 96; Member since: May 11, 2011

A WP7 SGSII would really help WP7 take off. I like the idea that in the future we might get to see manufacturers embracing the idea of the user choosing their preferred OS on their phones.

27. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

It would also help compare OS to OS running on the same exact hardware! Although, come to think of it didn't the Galaxy S for Sprint have WiMax 4G and a front facing camera that the Galaxy S on other carriers didn't? not exactly the same specs, so much for isolating OS performance...

28. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Yes it did.... the Epic 4G it was called. But when all 4 of the original Galaxy-S phones came out... the Epic was not 4G capable. It was a good 8 months later that they re-released it with 4G and the front camera. So they were equal in the beginning.

17. mube unregistered

samsung galaxy s2 is awesome,no one can beat it.i m just loving it.thank u soooooooooooooooooooooooooo much samsung

18. mube unregistered

samsung galaxy s2 is awesome,no one can beat it,i m just loving it,thank u soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much samsung for this monster

20. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

This just keep getting better and better for the Windows platform! I am quite impressed!

22. CB2047 unregistered

Just bring it to the U.S. already!!

23. IEatApples

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

I hope mango has support for every tile to be a live tile. I used a focus for 4 months and had to get an android. I love wp7 os its very smart how common apps are built into the os but I couldn't stand looking at the non live tiles all one boreing color on the screen. Ms just needs to add some type of live function for each tile to make the ui look fun especially if their going to leave out backgrounds.

25. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

^ I agree. It is quite boring without any live tile animation, but some people are able to look passed that. Mango should be an update for WP7 to really look forward to. I know I'm looking forward to it!

26. IEatApples

Posts: 66; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

I will probably get another wp7 when mango and dual core hits the market. I think I remember hearing that more live tile support is coming on mango.

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