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AT&T, the self-proclaimed "premier" WP7 carrier, is nowhere to be found

Speculations of an October 11 unveiling for the Windows Phone 7 have been confirmed. Microsoft has sent out invitations to a function, not-so-mysteriously called "Windows Phone 7 Worldwide Launch Event," set for a week from today in New York City.

The description for the event says, "We will provide an insider's look at Windows Phone 7 and the Microsoft experience it brings to life." 

AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega will help to headline the event giving credence to the carrier's claims that the company will be the "premier" Windows Phone provider. In addition, the 3:30 - 4:30 time slot is dedicated to T-Mobile. Representatives from the fourth-largest carrier will provide "an exclusive showing of T-Mobile powered Windows Phone 7 devices." That's right. "Devices," plural.

Of course, none other than Steve Ballmer will be there to kick off one of Microsoft's biggest product launches of the year. There will be a raffle at 4:30, so it's safe to assume that at least a few lucky attendees will be walking out with live WP7 handsets, one of which may be the just spec-ed HTC Mozart. Thanks to Engadget, here's what we know about the Mozart: 

  • 119 x 60.5 x 11.9 mm 
  • 3.7" TFT LCD (800x480)
  • 1GHz CPU
  • 8MP camera with Xenon flash
  • 720p video recording
  • 1300mAh battery
  • 8GB of memory
  • Surround sound support
  • Bluetooth 2.1
  • A-GPS
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi

Engadget is reporting that the Mozart will be coming to the U.K. in late October, while WP7 handsets most likely won't find their ways stateside until November. 

The pressure is on for Microsoft to deliver after it held a mock funeral for the iPhone and Blackberry in anticipation for WP7, though the service was more appropriate for Microsoft's own failed Kin. It will be interesting to see whether early adopters will be able to overcome WP7's known shortcomings.

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1Ghz CPU, I say Fail
By PAPutzback on 10/4/2010 9:22:52 AM , Rating: -1
I don't see any way that Winmo 7 will run quick on a 1Ghz proc. I guess the lack of multitasking will help but I just can't imagine that apps and the GUI will be very snappy.

RE: 1Ghz CPU, I say Fail
By Flunk on 10/4/2010 9:46:33 AM , Rating: 4
Really? Based on the SDK I would guess that 1Ghz would be more than enough. If anything Windows Phone 7 (not based on Windows Mobile, but still using WinCE as a base) should run faster than Windows Mobile 6.5 on the same devices.

RE: 1Ghz CPU, I say Fail
By Da W on 10/4/2010 11:22:16 AM , Rating: 3
Why, exactly, would it be so? What is your basis exactly? You tested it? You own one? Perhaps you would need an x86 cpu @ 4Ghz to run it?

Only the numbers of apps available will make or break the platform. Period.

RE: 1Ghz CPU, I say Fail
By ApfDaMan on 10/4/2010 12:12:18 PM , Rating: 2
Hes right, we all need core i7's in our phones. as if the battery life isnt already horrible enough.

RE: 1Ghz CPU, I say Fail
By Suntan on 10/4/2010 3:30:45 PM , Rating: 2
Only the numbers of apps available will make or break the platform.

Kind of what I think at this point. The look/size/layout of the phone (screen size, how big it is in your pocket, or what type of physical keyboard it has) and the quality of the OS/programs available for the phone are the important things.

Personally, I’ve stopped caring about the “speed” of the phones as they all seem to run about the same regardless of the specs under the hood.


RE: 1Ghz CPU, I say Fail
By Smilin on 10/5/2010 10:32:23 AM , Rating: 1
Zune HD is 600Mhz isn't it?

This won't be running a POS iOS so I think it will be fine. All the pre-reviews indicate the interface is extremely snappy.

"Can anyone tell me what MobileMe is supposed to do?... So why the f*** doesn't it do that?" -- Steve Jobs
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