Has Samsung outed its first Windows Phone 8 handset?

Has Samsung outed its first Windows Phone 8 handset?

If you've got a Windows Phone handset like - for argument's sake - one of the well publicised Nokia Lumias, you're no doubt well aware of the disappointing news that you won't be seeing any WP8 love.

If that's left you with a bit of a wandering eye, but you still want to stay faithful to the Metro-styled Microsoft OS, you might be interested in reading on.

Needless to say, despite the bad news for the current Lumia bunch, Nokia will be launching its own WP8 phones in due course. But so will Samsung, and it's the Koreans' WP8 plans that have seemingly been well and truly outed by a post over at TechRadar.

The 'smoking gun', as it were, isn't the usual blurry photo or anonymous leak or anything, it's reportedly an XML file somehow recovered from Samsung's very own servers.

So, down to the nitty gritty: the handset will, we believe, be called the SGH-i687 and will run Internet Explorer 10 as its web browser. Given that IE10 is the browser pegged for WP8, that clears up any doubts as to the OS in question, as does the 800 x 480 (WVGA) resolution.

Add it all together and you get what appears to be the follow-up to Samsung's WinPho 7.5-rocking Focus 2, which features the same screen resolution and bears the reasonably similar model name SGH-i667.

We'll give Samsung the benefit of the doubt for now and assume this mystery handset will set towards the bottom of whatever WP8 range it has in the pipelines. Because if not, it's not likely to get far given the strength of the smartphone competition these days - including a fair few devices made by Samsung itself.

Anyway, more will become apparent as the months roll on. Until then, if you've a WP7 phone and it's due an upgrade, we'd advise holding off for now until the shape of the WP8 brigade starts to take shape!

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Pondlife  Jul. 17, 2012 at 22:40

I kind of assumed that wp8 would have better screen resolution than that.


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