Monday, October 11, 2010

A Round-up Of All The Windows Phone 7 Devices

It's been a mental morning but we promised to provide more information on all of the phones announced this morning and we're men (and woman) of our word. We'll update with pictures just as soon as we can.

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Microsoft may have sent out a press release announcing that ten Windows Phone 7 phones would be available before the end of the year, but Redmond definitely skimped on the details. On hand to help us out with specs are the major phone manufacturers and carriers already sending out press releases detailing their Windows Phone 7 offerings.


First up is HTC. The company this morning announced five phones running the new Microsoft OS. First and foremost is the HTC 7 Surround, which AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega mentioned at the Microsoft event this morning. The device packs a 3.8-inch 480 x 800 touchscreen display, a 1GHz CPU, 8GB of storage, 512MB of ROM, 576MB of RAM, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video capabilities. The most intriguing feature is that this device has a slide out speaker up top that provides Dolby Digital sound. This device will be available on AT&T from November 8 and is priced at $199.99.

Next is the Mozart, which will reportedly launch on T-Mobile on November 7. The device packs an 8-megapixel camera with Xenon flash, the same Dolby Digital sound as the Surround, a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM and 576MB of ROM, and 8GB of internal storage.

The HTC 7 Pro is for those of us who just can't let go of buttons and demand a full, physical QWERTY keyboard. Packing a 3.7-inch display, this one is a Sprint device, which means you'll have to wait for that 'first half of 2011' release that Microsoft is remaining oh-so-vague about. Under the hood it's very similar to first two devices. It's got that 1GHz Snapdragon, 512MB of RAM, 576MB of ROM and the same 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video capabilities. However, the Pro does pack twice the storage, with 16GB of onboard memory.

Next we have the 3.8-inch HTC 7 Trophy, which hasn't been confirmed for the U.S. just yet. Set for availability throughout Europe and in parts of Asia, the device is described by Gizmodo as the budget Windows Phone 7 device as it will be the cheapest of the lot when it launches. However, again, the specs seem pretty similar to what can be found in the other three Windows Phone 7 devices announced this morning. You're looking at a 1GHz Snapdragon, 8GB of storage, 576MB of ROM and 512MB of RAM and a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video recording.

Lastly, we have the heavily anticipated HTC HD7. Packing a 4.3-inch 480x800 display, this is the monster of the bunch. The phone is aimed directly at the mobile gaming crowd and features a little kickstand for stability. It boasts 512 MB of RAM, 576 MB of ROM, 16GB of internal storage, Bluetooth, WiFi and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p video capabilities.


Next up is Samsung. The company's Focus smartphone was also featured at the Microsoft press conference with AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega announcing it as one of the phones the network will have from launch. Available on November 8, some of you might know this phone as the Samsung Cetus. The Focus boasts a 4-inch WVGA super AMOLED display and, according to AT&T, is the skinniest Windows Phone 7 device yet at 9.9 millimeters. There isn't much available on this one yet, but considering Microsoft's press release said all Windows Phone 7 phones would boast the same Snapdragon CPU, we figure it's safe to assume a 1GHz Snapdragon.

The Samsung Omnia is another phone expected before the year is out. It's a little harsher than the Focus with sharper edges as opposed to those sexy, rounded curves. That said, it packs the same 4-inch display and 1GHz Snapdragon. It's got a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash and 720p video and the option for 8GB or 16GB of storage.


LG is launching two Windows Phone 7 phones, the LG Optimus and the LG Quantum. The Quantum, like the Samsung Focus and the HTC 7 Surround, was featured in Ralph de le Vega's announcement this morning and features a full, physical QWERTY keyboard and a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU. Not much information on this one just yet, but it looks kind of similar to some of the lower-end, landscape sliders that we've seen from LG. That cheap look may put smartphone purchasers off, especially if the phone feels cheap in hand. Hard to know until we've played with it ourselves.

The LG Optimus was actually confirmed this morning ahead of the Windows Phone 7 launch when LG UK accidentally post images and details of the device to its UK blog. The Optimus packs a 3.8-inch WVGA 800 x 480 touchscreen, 16GB of onboard storage, a 5-megapixel camera with video capabilities mode, Bluetooth 2.1 and WiFi.


One of the bigger surprises of the morning is that Dell is among the partners that have phones primed and ready for launch. The Dell Venue Pro is a vertical QWERTY slide with a 4.1-inch display and will launch exclusively on T-Mobile. Interestingly, Engadget reports that the phone, previously known as the Lightning, won't be available from T-Mobile stores. Instead, Dell will be selling the device itself, along with handpicked retailers it deems worthy. Specs aren't known yet but a previous leak for the lightening suggested a 1GHz Snapdragon, a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, 1GB of flash with 512MB RAM, and 8GB of storage. T-Mobile hasn't been specific about the launch for this one, but gave the predictable 'in time for the holidays' time frame.


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