Thursday, July 21, 2011

Microsoft displays Windows Phone 'Mango' Phones by Samsung, Acer, Fujitsu, and ZTE.

Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) kicked off on 11th July with a keynote that had CEO Steve Ballmer acknowledging poor sales of the company’s Windows Phone 7 handsets. That may soon change with the upcoming Mango update. The company today gave a sneak peek at WPC of several exciting new handsets on the way. Catch the video after the break.

Corporate VP of the OEM Division at Microsoft, Steve Guggenheimer revealed several new Mango handsets including one from Samsung. that resembles the Galaxy S II Android model.  The phone looks like the Windows Phone sibling of the Galaxy S II. Specifications are still unknown, but some are speculating that it could mirror that of the Android Galaxy. That particular phone features a dual-core processor, 1GB of ram, 4.3 super-AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and a slender build. It could be the SGH-i937 that is currently being tested. Guggenheimer said that he was particularly excited about the Samsung device and noted that it was extremely thin and light.

However, no details and exact specifications were revealed during the presentation. Other devices mentioned on stage included Acer’s first Windows Phone, a pink waterproof handset from Fujitsu, and a ZTE handset. This was the first time these yet-to-be released Windows Phone 7 devices were shown actually running the Mango update.

Microsoft hasn’t offered up required specifications for Mango, but it’s widely expected to introduce support for a front-facing camera. Windows Phone 7.5 will release sometime this fall, so expect the second generation of Windows Phone devices to be in tow.

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