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HTC is preparing multiple Windows Phone 7.1 handsets, including these 3.7-inch low end models.  (Source: Phone House)

The HTC Eternity, the company's flagship WP7.1 model, will be a whopping 4.7-inches -- almost worthy of the designation "mini tablet".  (Source: HTC Inside)

Samsung will reportedly be offering Mango slider goodness (far right).  (Source: Nanapho.jp)
Nokia, HTC, LG, Acer, Huawei, ZTE and Samsung hope to overwhelm Apple, give fight to Google

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is viewed by many as the slumbering giant of the smartphone market.  With arguably the most innovative interface available on a smartphone today, the platform is mainly lacking in polish and selection.

The company's answer to those shortcomings is one word -- Mango.  Mango -- the Windows Phone 7.1 update -- promises more of everything good about Windows 7; more polish (notably third party multi-tasking, third party tiles, streamlined Office software, and a dramatically improved HTML5-ready browser) and more phones.

As far as the more phones part of the equation, we're starting to get a feel for what's in store when Mango launches in September.  Among the high-profile players to commit to Mango devices are Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V), Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO:005930), HTC Corp. (SEO:066570), LG Electronics (SEO:066570), Acer Inc. (TPE:2353), ZTE Corp. (SHE:000063), and Huawei technologies.  Fujitsu Ltd. (TYO:6702) and Dell, Inc. (DELL) are also rumored to be preparing designs.

HTC, perhaps a bit concerned about its legal troubles with its Android OS line, is diving deep into Mango with multiple handsets.  Two low-end models -- the keyboard equipped Prime and the touchscreen-only Ignite have been spotted after being accidentally posted by Dutch retailer Phone House.  Both phones pack a lowly 800 MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 5MP camera, and 3.7-inch LCD display.

Moving to the cream of the crop, HTC will be pushing the definition of a "smart phone" with its giant "Eternity" handset.  With a whopping 4.7-inch SLCD screen, the Eternity is almost the Windows Phone 7 tablet which some users have demanded.  It will pack a 1.5GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 16GB of storage, an 8MP rear camera, and a 1.3MP front camera.  This handset will surely prompt debate over whether slower Android phones with more cores are "better" or whether a faster single core is better suited for a smart phone.  Images of the Eternity have already leaked.

Samsung, meanwhile is preparing a model with a slide-out bottom keyboard, the SGH-i677.  Little is known about the specs or official name, at this point.  Likewise, the hardware for Nokia's much-anticipated "Sea Ray" -- rumored to launch in October at Nokia World -- is unknown.

If Microsoft can flood the market with high quality offerings, it could overwhelm Apple, Inc. (AAPL) to seize second place -- something DailyTech and a number of top analysts predicted [1][2] would happen within the next couple of years.  From there the company can move on to challenging Google Inc.'s (GOOG) prolific Android platform for world domination.

Windows Phone 7, officially hit its release to manufacturing (RTM) build just days ago.  It appears on pace to meet its planned release schedule.



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By Tony Swash on 7/30/2011 2:52:55 PM , Rating: 1
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MS market share with WP7 is growing which is the important part...and you seem to forget that android was introduced when the only real mainstream alternative was the idiotPhone, affectionately called the iPhone. Sure, without real competition Android was able to secure a chunk of the market.


Dismissing the iPhone and Android as somehow being a push over is silly, both are very strong offerings - consumers are buying them in their tens of millions. Your comment is like Ballmer's laugh when asked about the announcement of the iPhone.

Maybe Mango and some sort of Nokia miracle (good luck with that) will give WP7 a boost - I can't see it myself. I think Microsoft's best bet is to tie Android in such a complex legal mess that the carriers and handset makers decide to jump from Android to WP7. Either way I can't see impacting Apple at all.


By EricMartello on 8/1/2011 5:14:27 PM , Rating: 2
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Dismissing the iPhone and Android as somehow being a push over is silly, both are very strong offerings - consumers are buying them in their tens of millions. Your comment is like Ballmer's laugh when asked about the announcement of the iPhone.


A lot of people bought androids simply because they didn't want an iPhone and it was the only other choice - not because Android was necessarily better. Now that WP7 is available and is arguably the best OS for smartphones currently available, it's just a matter of time until it gains steam.

Either way it's good to have choices among WP7, iOS and Android...but too many fanboys sell WP7 short because they have this dire misconception that "linux" = "superior" and that anything from MS is bloated and buggy garbage...in this case the bloated and buggy garbage is android. WP7 beats iOS for efficiency and responsiveness, and matches Android for being "open" to custom development, with reasonable limitations put in place to prevent the kind of "app spam" you get on the android market.


By Lugaidster on 8/2/2011 3:41:13 PM , Rating: 2
At least you said arguably. Because it doesn't fit my needs.


By PrezWeezy on 8/1/2011 7:49:57 PM , Rating: 2
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I think Microsoft's best bet is to tie Android in such a complex legal mess that the carriers and handset makers decide to jump from Android to WP7


You mean kinda like what Apple has been doing for them?


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