Microsoft may have used an unreleased HTC Mazaa device during its MIX11 Windows Phone demos.
The HTC Mazaa is a CDMA Windows Phone device that will arrive on the U.S. Sprint network later this year. Wmpoweruser reports that a Microsoft rep in Japan admitted that the device was used at MIX11. The device looks similar to a HTC 7 Trophy but may include the new gyroscope hardware that will be supported with the Windows Phone “Mango” update later this year. The revelation of the new device could also explain Microsoft’s benchmark demo against an iPhone and Android device.
Joe Belfiore, Director of the Windows Phone program, demonstrated Internet Explorer 9 mobile against Apple’s iPhone 4 and Google’s Samsung Nexus S devices at the MIX11 developer conference in Las Vegas. Belfiore used a HTML5 speed reading demo from Microsoft’s own ietestdrive.com site. The demo ran at around 20 FPS on Windows Phone “Mango” and 11 FPS on the Android Nexus S device. Despite having a five second head start, the iPhone 4 crawled along at 2 FPS and failed to finish in time. Google’s Android device finished in second place behind Windows Phone’s Internet Explorer 9.
XDA-developers originally unveiled the HTC Mazaa device earlier this month. The site notes that the device includes a single LED flash and a 3.7″ screen.