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HTC Titan
AT&T announces three 4G-ready Mango smartphones

Microsoft is looking to make some big waves in the smartphone market with the latest incarnation of its Windows Phone mobile operating system. While Windows Phone 7 is currently lagging far behind market leaders Android and iOS in smartphone OS market share, Microsoft is hoping that Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" and a partnership with Nokia will bolster its fortunes in the sector.

AT&T is onboard to help “spread the good word" courtesy of three new smartphones that will feature Mango. The first new model is the Samsung Focus S. The smartphone features a 4.3" Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.4GHz processor, 1.3mp front-facing camera, and an 8mp rear camera. The Focus S just 8.55mm thick.

The next new Mango entry from AT&T also comes courtesy of Samsung. The Focus Flash makes uses of a 3.7" Super AMOLED display. Like the Focus S, it features a 1.4GHz processor, but it makes do with a 5mp rear camera. AT&T doesn't mention the resolution of the front-facing camera, so we're guessing that it's lower than the 1.3mp of the Focus S (or else they would have mentioned it). 

The last new model is the HTC Titan. The new smartphone lives up to its name with a massive 4.7" display -- it also packs a 1.5GHz processor onboard along with an 8mp rear camera with dual-LED flash.

All three new phones operate on AT&T's "4G" wireless network and will be available this fall.

“Our customers love Windows Phones which is why we’ve sold more of them than anyone else,” said Jeff Bradley, SVP of Devices for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “We’re taking our leadership to a whole new level by getting the Mango update to all existing customers and rolling out awesome new Windows Phones.”  

AT&T also announced that it would be making the Mango update available to HTC HD7S, HTC Surround, LG Quantum, and Samsung Focus.

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By kleinma on 9/12/2011 11:21:47 AM , Rating: 5
Where the hell are you with Windows 7 phones?????

I am not switching carriers just to get one of these, but I do want one... get on board Verizon.

By Kefner on 9/12/2011 11:27:52 AM , Rating: 2
Um, I have a Verizon Windows Phone 7 (got about 3 or 4 months ago). If you're just referring to the selection of models, then yea, they don't have many. (just the HTC Trophy)

By kleinma on 9/12/2011 11:31:53 AM , Rating: 2
Right, and when that came out, it was already old tech compared to what android phones were out. Now even more time has passed and I just can't bring myself to bind a 2 year contract to the trophy. So I want new Win7 phones on Verizon and I will upgrade in a heartbeat. I already have a droidX, but my second line isn't a smart phone, and I would love to have both a droid and Win phone.

By dusteater on 9/12/2011 12:18:41 PM , Rating: 3
I am sure VZW and Sprint have some sort of secret deal with Google to only push Android. It's ridiculous. I am done with Sprint, and going to AT&T for the Focus S.

By Smilin on 9/12/2011 1:32:08 PM , Rating: 2
Just say no man.

I switched to AT&T for the current Focus. I'm utterly blown away by the phone. Fast OS, gorgeous display. AT&T is horrible though. I was hoping to jump to sprint myself (about 1year left on contract...hopefully Samsung or Nokia will have some good sprint phones by then)

By Myrandex on 9/12/2011 4:00:52 PM , Rating: 2
Suit yourself, it works wonderfully here. i'm on the LG Quantum in the North Eastern Ohio area and they are the best carrier here period. I have a Verizon iPhone 4 as well (work phone) and speed wise the outdated Quantum beats the crap out of the iPhone speed wise here).

I do wish that they had the HTC model on the Sprint network though. That phone's keyboard is awesome and puts many other phone's keyboards to shame.


By kleinma on 9/12/2011 1:43:06 PM , Rating: 2
Except they jumped on the iPhone as soon as they possibly could and pushed that at about 50% along with android, leaving Win7 phone in the dust. Of course the reps at the stores will try to talk you OUT of a Win7 phone if you go in there wanting one, so only very informed consumers can go in and get exactly what they want. Those who want a smart phone, but have no idea which one to get between the different operating systems, and different model phones, are going to look to the rep for help, and that rep is going to bring them right to an iPhone or android handset.

By Kefner on 9/12/2011 4:11:36 PM , Rating: 2
I hear where you're coming from. I worried a bit about that too. But to be honest, I can't complain. Biggest worry was should I wait for something 4G. The most intense data app I use is probably streaming videos on YouTube, and I have no issues streaming. Video progress bar builds faster than the video playing, so speed really hasn't bothered me. Everything on it is extremely fast and responsive (compared to my crappy Droid Eris I had), so can't complain about peppiness of the device. I just wish this had a slide out keyboard, hate typing on a touch screen!

By Omega215D on 9/12/2011 7:34:28 PM , Rating: 2
The Samsung Stratosphere is reported to be heading for Verizon and will be an LTE phone with a hardware keyboard. It will be running Android and will only be single core.

Maybe WP7 will have more of a presence on Verizon once Mango phones are out and about. Being that it's Microsoft I'm betting many people are wary of jumping on board as opposed to Android, iOS and Blackberry. Hopefully MS will market this thing better than they did with the Zune, become more popular which leads to more handsets being offered.

Are they going to promote them?
By Varun on 9/12/2011 4:33:02 PM , Rating: 3
If they don't promote these in the store, they are not going to sell again. Right now if you walk in and don't want in iPhone, they give you Android. Even if you ask for Windows Phone they push Android.

Also, AT&T was the very last carrier to get the NoDo update so hopefully they are on the ball this time.

RE: Are they going to promote them?
By Nekrik on 9/12/2011 5:46:26 PM , Rating: 2
I went to a Verizon, Sprint, and an AT&T store last Friday asking if they had any handsets with Win Phone, preferrably one upgraded with Mango. The Verizon Employee asked 'what's Mango?', and then brought me an Android device. The Sprint and AT&T guys at least said they wouldn't get any info until they were publicly released.

Most of the readers here can get the needed info from the web, but many people are going to rely on what they are presented when they walk into a store.

By Omega215D on 9/12/2011 7:39:12 PM , Rating: 2
Promoting is one thing but you have to remember that most people don't hold Microsoft in a good light.

Samsung Focus S sounds really nice
By DFranch on 9/12/2011 12:58:43 PM , Rating: 3
I just might switch to AT&T for the Focus S. Unfortunately, Verizon has me locked into a contract for a few more months. I'm glad to see manufactures finally putting WP7 on descent hardware. Kleinma, you're right Verizon needs to get it's act together and start offering some descent WP7 phones, or they will definitely lose me as a customer.

By kleinma on 9/12/2011 1:51:03 PM , Rating: 3
I have been a VZW customer since they were Bell Atlantic Mobile (and used to work for VZW for many years in the stores and in corporate) and they are always the absolute worst at getting good hardware on the market. I'm not saying they have no good phones out, but usually the exclusive handsets other carriers get are way better than the ones verizon gets. Verizon always lags behind and plays catchup with the phones. They even had a chance to be the original iPhone carrier, but declined based on some of apples control demands... they of course have now bowed down to their apple overlords and let them do as they please, and I think having android and the iPhone has made them feel they have covered enough of the market wants to not care too much about Win7 phone. I also think Microsoft's marketing of Win7 phone has been horrible.

Apple does commercials showing the phone doing the things it does well, Microsoft should really do the same thing. Show the device in action, doing things well. Not stupid gimick commercials showing how people use "other" phones. Not to mention the Win7 phone commercials have dried up and are never on anymore.

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