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
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.