Microsoft revealed Samsung’s new Windows Phone Mango device on Tuesday.
Corporate vice president of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Division at Microsoft, Steve Guggenheimer, showed off the device at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference. Speaking in Los Angeles, Guggenheimer briefly revealed Samsung’s next Windows Phone handset. The device appears to resemble Samsung’s Galaxy S II Android model. Samsung is currently testing a device named the SGH-i937 which includes the same bluetooth profile as Windows Phone Mango and is being reported as a Windows Phone device on the occasional gamers list. The Samsung Galaxy S II device features a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 4.3″ super-AMOLED screen. Samsung also ships the device with an 8MP camera with LED flash and a front facing 2MP camera. Microsoft did not detail the exact specifications for the new Samsung Windows Phone Mango device but it appears the phone features a front-facing camera. Microsoft also revealed a new waterproof Fujitsu handset, and new ZTE and Acer devices.
Windows Phone Mango is expected to include front facing camera support. Microsoft has not yet officially detailed the hardware specifications for Mango devices but a HTC device leaked last week. The device appears to confirm front facing cam support for Mango. The HTC Eternity is a 4.7″ WVGA Super LCD device with a 1.5GHz CPU, 8PM camera (with autofocus and dual LED flash) and front-facing 1.3MP camera. The Eternity includes 16GB of storage, DLNA support and SRS surround sound speakers. Beta 2 versions of Microsoft’s Windows Phone Mango developer tools include references to front-facing cam support. A new icon appears to be very similar to the rumored “chatter” application that Microsoft may be planning for Windows 8. Details of “chatter” leaked to the internet last month after references to “Chatter” were discovered in early leaked builds of Windows 8. It’s believed that Chatter is a video calling service that will be integrated directly into Windows 8.
Microsoft is expected to ship Windows Phone Mango in the September/October time frame. Nokia will launch its first Windows Phone devices using the new Mango platform. Nokia has previously revealed that it plans to launch its first Windows Phones in six European countries. Nokia plans to launch first in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and the Netherlands. Nokia’s Windows Phone devices are currently labeled with “W” (for Windows). Nokia is also rumored to be launching a dual-core N8 variant with a 12MP camera, QWERTY touchscreen candy bar phone and a cheaper touchscreen device with less expensive body.
Update: Microsoft has reached out to WinRumors to request that the video demo of several new Windows Phones be removed. “Our phone OEMs have not approved for these phones to be disclosed on video” said a Microsoft spokesperson.