Microsoft goes big with Windows Phone 7.5 U.S. device launch

Microsoft goes big with Windows Phone 7.5 U.S. device launch

Summary: Microsoft is holding a major device launch event in New York today as we see Mango hardware finally appearing on two major U.S. carriers.

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Those of us with existing Windows Phone devices were able to upgrade to WP 7.5 (aka Mango) over the last month and then a couple weeks ago we saw the new Nokia Windows Phones revealed for countries outside the U.S. Today in New York city, Microsoft is holding a huge (55 feet tall phone display) event announcing that we are finally getting some Mango devices in stores.

All the details on the new devices can be found on the Windows Phone team blog. I already wrote about the HTC Radar 4G on T-Mobile and may be picking one up for myself soon. New devices available now or coming soon include:

  • HTC Radar 4G (T-Mobile): This device is available for $99 after $50 mail-in rebate and looks like a little brother to the HTC Flyer with the aluminum shell.
  • Samsung Focus S (AT&T): This flagship Samsung Windows Phone sports a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display and if I was on AT&T I would be jumping on this one. Cost is $199 with 2-year contract.
  • Samsung Focus Flash (AT&T): This is the budget Windows Phone at just $49, but still sports some decent specs with a 3.7 inch display.
  • HTC Titan (AT&T): This flagship sports a huge 4.7 inch display, but is so thin it still feels great in your hand. It is coming soon for $199.

We don't see any news for Sprint or Verizon Windows Phone fans who only have a single device available even today. Hopefully we will hear something soon for these carriers.

In other Windows Phone news, Spotify is now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Windows Phone owners now have plenty of music options with Zune, Spotify, Slacker, and more. As a Zune Pass subscriber I am not sure I see the appeal of a 3rd party service, but I'll have to check it out since I do have a Spotify Premium account to use with my Nokia N9 and iPhone 4S.

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Topics: HTC, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Telcos, Windows

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  • RE: Microsoft goes big with Windows Phone 7.5 U.S. device launch

    As Sprint user it would be nice to get a new option. I like my Arrive but it is a little thick and I would like a front facing camera.
    Shmythey
    • RE: Microsoft goes big with Windows Phone 7.5 U.S. device launch

      @Shmythey ditto!
      Edesw88
  • RE: Microsoft goes big with Windows Phone 7.5 U.S. device launch

    I've been holding onto this Blackberry on Verizon waiting for something new to come along that would intrigue me. I have already seen most of the Android phones which are fine... I like the iPhone better though. I was hoping to get hands on with a WP7.5 phone. Sigh... at this rate I may have to settle for the default (iPhone).
    Badgered
    • RE: Microsoft goes big with Windows Phone 7.5 U.S. device launch

      @Badgered
      Hold off on the iPhone 4s if you are thinking about that one. Along with the battery issues I know of only 2 people that have the 4S and the one burnt up after overheating and was replaced and another that couldn't read the SIM card so he must take it back to get it fixed or a new one. Seems there are more issues than just battery drain so may want to wait it out until they fix those issues and maybe fire a contract manufacturer for sub-par iphone productions.
      OhTheHumanity
    • RE: Microsoft goes big with Windows Phone 7.5 U.S. device launch

      @Badgered check out the HTC Trophy on Verizon. I just got one today for a 14day trial. This thing is amazing, love everything about it, upgraded it to 7.5 Mango on Zune software when you plug it into your computer. My primary device is an EVO. This Trophy takes the medal, love it. Try one!
      jordo2011
  • RE: Microsoft goes big with Windows Phone 7.5 U.S. device launch

    That an actual size demo unit of the new HTC phone that will suceed the Titan next year.
    I like coffee.
    • The biggest display on a phone, ever

      @I like coffee.
      will be the sales pitch. ;)
      William Farrell
  • RE: Microsoft goes big with Windows Phone 7.5 U.S. device launch

    Nice, but I am waiting until early next year when we'll doubtlessly see new phones from Nokia and others sporting dual-core processors, more storage, NFC interfaces and front-facing cameras.
    bitcrazed
    • I doubt we'll see dual core

      @bitcrazed

      Until WP8 to be honest. There really isn't any good reason currently. I'm sure it helps Android tremendously but WP7.5 is already really, really fast. The fact that my Trophy is roughly the same specs as my Droid 2 amazes me to this day. You would think the Trophy had 3-4x the processing power.
      LiquidLearner
      • RE: Microsoft goes big with Windows Phone 7.5 U.S. device launch

        @LiquidLearner
        Yes, I even actually compared my Atrix 4G with latest Gingerbread with Samsung Focus with Mango, Focus does come pretty fast in everything including browsing. WP7 doesn't need dual core. Microsoft this time really optimized the Operating System for mobile processors definitely.
        Ram U
      • No it doesnt help android, thats why WP7 runs faster on single core than

        android on dual core. No pre ice cream androids really use it. The new ice cream sandwich androids still wont be as smooth as WP.
        Johnny Vegas
    • Re: No pre ice cream androids really use dual-core

      @Johnny Vegas Of course they do. Android is built on a Linux kernel, which implements a full multitasking multithreading, multiprocessor OS. Android apps make heavy use of background threads--the API pretty much forces you to do so, by discouraging running time-consuming tasks on the UI thread. These background threads will transparently make use of multiple cores if they're available--you don't need to do any special work to take advantage of this, the Linux kernel does it for you.
      ldo17
  • Let me know about Spotify

    I'm interested. I've got the Zune Pass as well and Spotify is the same price. If it's better I'd switch to it but Zune Pass seems really, really good. Also it doesn't require Facebook to use, so another plus for MS.
    LiquidLearner
  • Unless Verizon gets one with a slider Keyboard

    I will use my upgrade on the Droid 4 when it arrives in a few months. I will not own a smartphone without a slider keyboard. And it has to be 4G LTE.
    tgschmidt
    • RE: Microsoft goes big with Windows Phone 7.5 U.S. device launch

      @tgschmidt I used to be like you. Then I used a Swype keyboard. It's a thousand times better than even a physical keyboard. I can type at near desktop keyboard speeds with it.<br><br>Granted, that doesn't exactly help Windows Phone.
      Aerowind
    • RE: Microsoft goes big with Windows Phone 7.5 U.S. device launch

      @tgschmidt
      I hate to burst your bubble, but LTE is not worth at least until the end of 2012. It is a battery drainer and I hate my LTE phone. it has to be constantly plugged to wall.
      Ram U
  • Microsoft Marketing at its best - 6 Story Windows Phone

    A 6 story Windows phone to attract buyers
    That's an impressive marketing tactic yet I think Microsoft has a lot to do catching up Android
    http://thetechnologycafe.com/microsoft-launches-new-windows-phones-in-u-s-stores-today6-story-giant-windows-phone-in-nyc-pictures/
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