HTC, Samsung and LG lining up Windows Phone Mango devices

HTC, Samsung and LG lining up Windows Phone Mango devicesWe didn't believe the rumours ourselves at first, but the first Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” handset, the Fujitsu IS12T, has genuinely been announced, a fair bit ahead of when we were expecting too.

Now comes the more exciting news that three of the mobile world's biggest contenders, HTC, LG and Samsung, are also lining up their Mango offerings, all of which could be launching as soon as next month.

Microsoft has never really given us a fixed date for when to expect its first serious Windows Phone update to land. We've had vague talk of sometime in “the autumn”, while some more conservative types have spoken about it arriving “by the end of the year”.

But if the latest rumours are true, we're talking next month, September, which is right at the most optimistic end of the scale – a rarity in today's world of delays and production issues.

According to DigiTimes, HTC, Samsung and LG are all getting set to launch their second-generation Windows Phone handsets next month. Details are a bit thin on the ground, but the Taiwanese paper does add that HTC's handsets will have displays running between 3.8in and a huge 4.7in, while the processor will be a 1.5GHz Qualcomm unit.

It also reckons that Nokia's debut Windows Phone handset will launch during the firm's Nokia World event in October.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 1, 2011 at 10:56

Wonder if LG can recover from the disaster that was their first WP7 attemt? Yes, none of the first batch were a hit, but to see the LG lose 60% of its value in 6 months...whoa.

All depends on Mango. I'm still not convinced. The fact that Microsoft need to inflate the number of new "features" to 500 incl APIs and stuff end users won't notice, reeks of desperation.

And if rumours are true, Mango will still rely on Zune. No mass-storage for file transfer, no native file explorer... That'll keep many potential buyers sticking with Android, Symbian, or RIM...

bilbob  Aug. 1, 2011 at 13:46

What a silly post that is. The first phpone wasn't a disaster. Sales might not have been as hoped, but the phone certainly wasn't anything like a disaster. It's one of the more respected first gen devices, I own one, and love it. Build quality is excellent, battery life good. Screen clear. 16 gig storage.
And as for the rest, MS really can't win can they? 500 new features and API's 'reeks of desperation'? If there were far fewer new features, and back end improvements, people like you would be saying how poor it is.
Really, clearly biased comment.
Poor show.
Yes, there are features WP7 needs, but to criticise them as they improve an already decent start, that is what 'reeks of desperation'.

And why shouldn't WP7 rely on Zune? In case you hadn't noticed, they are not trying to replicate Android... as for comparisons with symbian or Rim, well, look how well that is serving them...
You don't seem to realise, 90% of users want their device to 'just work' and WP7 does exactly that. Plug it in to your windows 7 computer, it installs Zune, installs any updates, and away you go.
I've had two android devices, the wife still has one, and for ease of use, the wp7 is far better.

bxbbrian  Aug. 1, 2011 at 14:20

@JanSt / MOD Windows phone 7 is an amazing phone it is more beautiful, slick, integrated, elegant and Modern than the Iphone and Android it actually makes them feel outdated, from features point of view Mango update bring wp7 on par with Android and Iphone and even surpasses them in different aspects from a visually point of view wp7 is already more beautiful than eith of them. WP7 will be a hit as predicted by the IDC and Pyramid research group, ask anyone who have a wp7 and who has had an iphone or Android if they would return the answer will most likely be NO that how good the phone is.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 1, 2011 at 14:40

I didn't say the LG was a disaster. But you cannot talk away the fact that LG hardly expected it to sell for E149.00 from E389 in a mere 6 months!
And if WP7 as it is, suits you, by all means buy and enjoy it. I've said it in numerous places.
Fact is: a smartphone platform, imho, should have mass-storage mode - for when you're on a pc without Zune.
It should have a skeyboard in landscape mode. It should multitask. It should let me attach any filetype to an email that I want to attach. etc etc....

This is my personal opinion, of course!
The few things WP7 does, it does really well. But consider the fact, that they are fairly high-powered hardware-wise, while not having all that much to do as it is. My concern is how Mango will actually perform. And how the first batch will cope with the new feature.
2 of my all time favourite phones are the HTC HD2 and the Palm Treo 750 - just in case I'm about to be labelled a win-basher ;)

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 1, 2011 at 14:51

beautiful, slick, integrated, elegant and Modern than the Iphone and Android

C'mon, be honest - those are all matters of personal preference ;)

@bilbob a PS:

I'm not biased when I point out that the "500 features" are not 'features' that average users will notice. In most common usage a phone "feature" is something noticeable - a function, a changed app etc etc...
And again: the sales of the LG were obviously disastrous when the phone's in every bargain bin on the planet within months of its release. None of that is saying it's a crap phone.
I own a HTC Trophy 7. It is - judged on how it does what it does - a good device. I wouldn't spend a penny on it. Because it lacks features I want/need. I'm not blaming HTC. I'm not blaming Microsoft.

But of course, you can argue wp sales are NOT ABYSMAL :p


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