Microsoft's new release of the Windows Phone mobile OS, 7.5 or "Mango," is getting some good reviews. The new OS version, with its distinctive, fluid Metro UI, features hundreds of changes, including more dynamic, and more customisable "Live Tiles" (shown). Some of the "new" Windows Phone 7.5 devices will be the existing models that download Windows Phone 7.5, formerly dubbed Mango. But a new crop of phones to exploit it are also starting to appear, here and abroad. Here's a quick overview of them. In most cases, prices have not been announced.
Fujitsu Toshiba IS12T
The very first Windows Phone 7.5 handset was unveiled for Japan in late July: the brilliantly-coloured but dully-named IS12T, from Fujitsu Toshiba. Dimensions are nearly identical to iPhone 4, but it weighs one ounce less; 3.7in screen, 480 x 800 pixels. It's water-resistant and dust-resistant (carrier KDDI's website cautions - "Please do not soak in the spa pool water." It sports an astounding 13.2 megapixel camera and 32GB of storage.
HTC Radar 4G
The HTC Radar 4G has 0.43in thick metal unibody design. It's not a techspec pathbreaker: 8GB storage, 512MB RAM, 3.8in screen with 480 x 800 pixels, 5 megapixel/720p camera with LED flash (plus front-facing VGA camera for video chats), Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor at 1GHz. Radar will be available on T-Mobile's HSPA+ 14.4 4G network.
This aptly named device is a high-end Windows Phone: a titanic smartphone screen at 4.7in, 480 x 800 pixels. Dimensions are 5.18in x 2.78in x 0.39in; weight with battery, 5.6 ounces. The processor runs at 1.5GHz and the phone boasts an 8-megapixel camera and a 1.3-mp front-facing cam. Other stats: 16GB storage and 512MB RAM. American users on AT&T will have it later this Autumn.
LG Jil Sander
This phone carries the name of a leading German fashion designer, bringing some haut couture to the original LG Optimus. According to PocketNow, which scooped the specs, the Jil Sander model is a bit larger than the original, but just over a half-ounce lighter. Itundefineds expected to have apps and content from the designer.
Samsung's Focus Flash
As of this posting, no photos have surfaced of this device. But some are saying the just-unveiled Samsung Omnia W (the photo shown here, and see slide #8) is the non-US version of this model. Its 3.7in screen is a bit smaller than the first Focus, but is features a Super AMOLED display, and a faster processor. AT&T will offer the Flash later this Fall.
Samsung Focus S
In July, Microsoft briefly teased a conference audience with this device, generally agreed to be the new Samsung Focus S, on AT&T. Many are hoping it will a Windows Phone 7.5 version of the wildly successful Samsung Galaxy S or S II. Focus S will have a 4.3in Super AMOLED screen, 1.4GHz processor, 8 megapixel camera (and a front-facing 1.3 megapixel cam). It will be just 0.33in thick and support "4G-capable speeds," which almost certainly means AT&T's HSPA+ network. Credit: via Winrumors.com
The Samsung Omnia W (which is possibly also the Focus Flash destined for the US
It packs a lot into its 4.55in x 2.31in x 0.43in frame: a bright, crisp Super AMOLED screen, 3.7in, 800 x 480 pixels; 8GB storage, 512MB RAM, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and front-facing VGA cam, and a 1.4 GHz processor. It's priced at about £270 before taxes and subsidies.
One of the new Windows Phone manufacturers is China-based ZTE, which has unveiled the Tania (you won't find it in the US). It's clearly designed to make smartphones attractive and affordable for first time buyers. The 4.3in screen has 400 x 480 pixel resolution. Tania supports HSPA+, and has 512MB RAM, just 4GB of storage, a 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi and assisted GPS.
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