UPDATE: HTC announces two new Windows Phone Mango devices, the Titan and Radar

UPDATE: HTC announces two new Windows Phone Mango devices, the Titan and Radar

Summary: HTC is the first to officially reveal some Windows Phone Mango devices and they appear to be decent evolutionary upgrades to their lineup.

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HTC is holding press events around the world, except for here in the U.S., and as WPCentral revealed they will be announcing two upcoming Windows Phone Mango devices. The HTC Titan Eternity builds on their long line of big screen devices, looking similar to the HD2, HD7, EVO 4G, etc., with some beefed up internal specs while the HTC Radar Omega looks like a shrunken down HTC Flyer. These devices look to be fine updates, but nothing revolutionary in terms of hardware and actually have the same rather low internal memory options seen on today's Windows Phone devices.

The HTC Titan Eternity has the following specifications:

  • 4.7 4.5 inch LCD display
  • MSM8255 single-core 1.5GHz processor
  • 8 megapixel camera, with autofocus, dual LED flash and 720p movie mode,
  • Front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • DLNA support
  • Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, GPS
  • 1,600mAh battery
  • Dimensions of 130.6 x 70.6 x 9.9 mm

This is the high-end model and as you can see there is still a single-core processor while new high end Android devices all have dual-core with quad-core coming soon. Then again, Windows Phone Mango FLIES on my 1 GHz last generation processor HTC HD7 so Windows Phone truly doesn't need dual-core at this time. I would like to see it sometime though since there should be an associated battery savings with dual-core and proper OS management.

I also have upgraded both my HD7 and Dell Venue Pro to 32GB to hold all the games and Zune Pass music I listen to and am disappointed that there are not yet 32GB and 64GB options on these devices when microSD cards are so cheap.

The HTC Radar Omega, aka Mini Flyer, has the following specifications:

  • 3.8 inch LCD display
  • MSM8255 single-core 1.5GHz processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 5 megapixel camera
  • Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, GPS
  • 1520 mAh battery

The Radar Omega looks to be a mid-level Windows Phone device that is a bit more pocketable than the HTC Titan Eternity. Again though, I am disappointed there are not larger internal storage options since Windows Phone doesn't support external storage cards.

These are both decent enough upgrades, but if you already have a Windows Phone device and can get it updated to Mango there really isn't any super compelling reason to upgrade to one of these two devices. I am looking forward to seeing what Samsung will announce since they have beautiful AMOLED displays, but even more interested in the Nokia Windows Phone Mango offerings.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, HTC, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Processors, Software, Windows

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  • RE: HTC to announce two new Windows Phone Mango devices, the Omega and Eternity

    Its seems to be a half-a** effort from HTC. Why don't they pump out high end devices and stop worrying about battery. Or is it MS that is worried about battery and stopping OEMS?

    There are so many android devices which has such pathetic battery life, but still flying off the shelf.

    If the hardware is not spectacular for the devices that are going to be launched this holiday season, its a real worry.

    If Samsung/HTC is just re-installing their last gereration android devices with WP7, its disgusting.

    Nokia devices may save the situtation. But their flagship devices design doesn't go well in all demographics.
    owlnet
    • RE: HTC to announce two new Windows Phone Mango devices, the Omega and Eternity

      @owlnet Is WP7 optimised for dual core? It maybe that MS have worked hard on single core performance (it is described as fast) so that OEMs don't need (or indeed want) to put in battery sapping CPUs.

      Don't you just want something that "feels fast" rather than something "buzzword compliant"?

      This is actually quite an Apple approach (who cares whats under the hood - see how it feels). The little one looks pretty spiffy.
      Jeremy-UK
    • RE: HTC to announce two new Windows Phone Mango devices, the Omega and Eternity

      @owlnet..."If Samsung/HTC is just re-installing their last gereration android devices with WP7, its disgusting."

      If? That's all that HTC has been doing since the WP7 launch! They simply rehash/recycle the Android device shells and throw in WP7; they are virtually indistinguishable from an Android device unless you power the device on to see the OS! HTC device designs are the most uninspiring and boring looking devices of all oems. Apparently, many consumers don't care about having a 'sea of sameness' phone, so they purchase HTC devices.

      This company will never get my money, and I wouldn't even carry a HTC device even if the device and the phone/data service was free!
      1019902735
    • RE: HTC to announce two new Windows Phone Mango devices, the Omega and Eternity

      @owlnet

      Stop worrying about battery today, push out battery sucking phones, then watch your brand suffer for it tomorrow.

      Maybe HTC as well as Microsoft is taking a long term approach with WP7. Quality user experience over battery sucking specs.
      dave95.
      • RE: HTC to announce two new Windows Phone Mango devices, the Omega and Eternity

        @dave95.
        Give user the choice. There are a lot of people who are just blinded by the specs and looks and they just buy that phone. They may not be the most educated, but they have money to throw away.
        Look at Samsung galaxy series phones, they may not have the same battery life as WP7 phones, but not much are complaining about it. Its extremly popular worldwide.

        If WP7 needs to be successful, they need to bring the latest and greatest hardware. MS has a solid and great OS, why is it stuck at 1% share in the US?

        Its markert share that matters, and not some rules written on stone.
        owlnet
  • RE: HTC to announce two new Windows Phone Mango devices, the Omega and Eternity

    If the first leaked specs of the Nokia are to be believed, they appear to really be focusing on the "tango" markets (as i've come to refer to them) - emerging/low-cost/low-spec. By the looks of these two, HTC's gone a dual route - targeting the "standard" markets w/ the Eternity ($200 on contract) and the "emerging" markets w/ the Omega (~$300 off-contract).

    This Mango Tango will be interesting to watch unfold, that's for sure. I just can't believe nobody's announcing dual core and/or 4G winphones yet - really disappointing when you look at the offerings from the competitors
    bc3tech
  • RE: HTC to announce two new Windows Phone Mango devices, the Omega and Eternity

    I'm most interested in the high end devices still to come from Nokia. I have the HTC Surround 7 and love WP7, but I would like a thinner phone with more memory and a better screen.
    Digger_z
  • Dear Nokia

    Could you be a little slower to produce Mango devices and release them in 2013 when iPhone 6 come out
    UseYourHead
  • MSM8255 1.5 GHz for WinMo7 but only 1GHz for Android ?

    How come same chip used with different clock freq in different device ??

    For example Desire S/Incredible S with MSM8255 runs on 1 Ghz mode where as this device runs at 1.5 GHz ..


    Strange marketing policy.
    thandermax
  • Does BT 2.1 support include the HID protocol?

    At least on the Android devices with the Sense UI, HTC only fully supports audio Bluetooth protocols ... even the SPP type keyboard compatibility is limited. Can I connect the more common HID protocol BT keyboards/mice to a WP7 device?
    Jim Johnson
  • Disappointing lack of effort on HTC's part hw wise here

    While there's no point in dual core for mango because performance wise even single core it flies rings around android on a dual core and with less battery drain, these are still really lame overall devices. These are 2010 era devices. What exactly has HTC been doing the last 18 months? Note though that the previews of Nokias efforts are also very disappointingly mediocre. Fine if all they want to target is asia and emerging markets but EPIC LAME for north america and western europe. :-(
    Johnny Vegas
  • RE: HTC to announce two new Windows Phone Mango devices, the Omega and Eternity

    While Windows Phone doesn't need dual core devices to run efficiently, remember that people will buying these on two-year contracts.<br><br>Heck, by 2012, these things will look way dated. <br><br>Also, what's with the paltry on-board storage? 16gb? Really? I think I have movies and music that exceed just that.<br><br>Neither of these are LTE/4G capable, from what I can see on the spec list.
    Theseus