Look at that title, friend. That’s exactly what I found myself wondering as I strolled down the street the other day. Because that’s how I roll. Sigh. I think there might be something wrong with me.
Almost six months ago, I penned a three-part feature called Windows Phone 7: the handsets. Yeah, it might’ve spanned three parts (one, two, three), but there were only – somewhat ironically – seven handsets at the time. But there are lots more now, right? Er…
Back at launch, only a handful of manufacturers were interested in Windows Phone 7, namely HTC, Dell, Samsung and LG. Sony Ericsson and Motorola were – and still are – happy to stick with Android.
Incidentally, as I often take great pleasure in pointing out, if HTC hadn’t backed Windows Phone 7, there would’ve been just two handsets available at the operating system’s launch. Two!
Let’s break it down by manufacturer, shall we?
At launch, back in October 2010, HTC provided a healthy three handsets, namely the HTC HD7, HTC 7 Mozart, and HTC 7 Trophy. Thank the heavenly father for the Taiwanese.
In the depressing gulf between the initial launch and the release of Mango, HTC released one more handset – the QWERTY-toting HTC 7 Pro. You’ll notice there was an odd trend (with all the manufacturers) to shove a “7” somewhere in each handset’s name. Thankfully that’s gone by the by.
Now, with Mango’s arrival, we’ve got the gigantic HTC Titan and relatively modest HTC Radar.
HTC HD7: 4.3in display, 5MP camera, 1GHz processor
HTC 7 Mozart: 3.7in display, 8MP camera, 1GHz processor
HTC 7 Trophy: 3.8in display, 5MP camera, 1GHz processor
HTC 7 Pro: 3.6in display, 5MP camera, 1GHz processor, QWERTY keyboard
HTC Titan (pictured): 4.7in display, 8MP camera, 1.5GHz processor
HTC Radar: 3.8in display, 5MP camera, 1GHz processor
That probably seems like a decent amount, but when you consider that HTC has announced six Android phones this month (I'm not even sure I'm exaggerating here), it kinda puts that figure into context.
Back in February, Stephen Elop’s announcement that Nokia would adopt Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 as its “primary smartphone platform” was a pretty big dealio. Both Nokia and Microsoft were in fairly dire straits, but Elop and Ballmer seemed – and seem – convinced that the partnership would – and will – have a significant impact on the smartphone game.
Indeed, some analysts are predicting that Microsoft, with Nokia’s help, can push iOS into second place within a few years. Can you imagine a world where more people have Windows Phone 7 handsets than iPhones? I guess if Nokia can capture the lower end of the market it’s not that far fetched a concept. The cheapest iPhone is still £319.
Nokia Lumia 800: 3.7in display, 1.4GHz processor, 8MP camera
Nokia Lumia 710: 3.7in display, 1.4GHz processor, 5MP camera
We had hoped to see a 4.3in Lumia at Nokia World, but it failed to materialise. However, Nokia tells us to expect a “portfolio” of new devices in the UK early next year. Interessante, as the Chinese say.
Right, that was a fair bit of rambling and I’ve only covered two of the manufacturers. There’s no way I’ll be able to squeeze the rest of ‘em in here, so hold that thought and I’ll get back to you next week.
Next time, on "How many Windows Phone 7 handsets are there?":
- Some smaller OEMs who’ll presumably fill out the lower end