Samsung, Nokia, and HTC Prepare to "Tango" With LTE Windows Phones
January 2, 2012 4:37 PM
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Windows Phone goes 4G at last
Microsoft Corp. (
) appears to be finally preparing to "face the future" and flip the switch on fourth generation wireless technology. Faced with a
ultimatum from America's largest carrier -- Verizon Wireless, a joint venture between Verizon Communications Inc. (
) and Vodafone Group Plc. (
) -- Microsoft appears to finally have became serious about LTE, with the first 4G Windows Phones spotted in the wild.
Windows Phone fans have
long defended the platform's lack of LTE
with platitudes such as "4G kills battery life; "the technology is ready for the market"; "LTE speeds aren't as good as promised"; or "the coverage isn't ready yet". These criticisms certainly single out legitimate weaknesses of current LTE deployments, but they glaringly miss the fact that rudimentary 4G -- while a work in progress -- is the state of the art, today. And technology sells phones; without cutting edge hardware (even if it's just a
better), a phone is less likely to succeed in the fickle consumer market.
But the drought and defensive responses may at last be near an end.
cites a source cites a source close to Samsung Electronic Comp., Ltd. (
) as describing an upcoming "early 2012" Windows Phone, which packs both a larger screen that the previous Samsung Focus S Windows Phone (so likely Samsung's
4.52-inch display found in the Galaxy S II HD
) and a LTE modem.
Likewise a source reveals an HTC Corp. (
) Windows Phone handset named "Radiant", which will also feature an LTE modem.
, a top Windows Phone rumors site,
has spotted the handset in the wild
. The handset was running a post-Mango build -- Windows Phone 7.10.8004.
Nokia Oyj. (
) is also reportedly cooking up an LTE-enabled variant of its slick Lumia 800 handsets, which bears a bit of a resemblance to the sleek colored metal-body iPod Nanos.
[Image Source: The Verge]
Some of the details clash with the
previously leaked Windows Phone roadmap
(also revealed on
). Reportedly "Tango", the next build of Windows Phone would be aimed at budget handsets, and the late 2012 "Apollo" would be aimed at higher end (i.e. LTE, HD screen) smartphones.
It now appears both the HD screens and LTE will be launching in early 2012. It's possible that Apollo will launch aside Tango, or it's possible that the improvements have been merged into Tango as a single super-release, similar to Mango.
Samsung is the
world's largest maker of smartphones
and second largest maker of feature phones. Nokia is the top smartphone seller in China,
the world's new largest smartphone market
. And HTC was on top of the American smartphone market -- the world's second largest market -- at last count.
The Verge 
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RE: get a move on
1/6/2012 3:22:06 PM
but my phone only supports 2.3.4 (officially) so i never see that..
wp7 from the start had Full GPU acceleration from the start where as android it was an afterthought (iphone not sure maybe half gpu acceleration as it can be choppy very much so on the older 3gs and older phones)
i only really want an WP7 for the business side (always preferred the way windows does it calender) only thing thats stopping me is will it Sync with google services correctly (exchange support like iPhone and WP6.5 does) if blackberry goes bump wp7 or old wp6.5 phone be my new phone (do not like Android calender at all)
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