First Windows Phone 7 Mango smartphone to be revealed today

Microsoft's big push with Windows Phone 7's Mango update is scheduled to go up to a new level later today. The company, along with its hardware and software partners is scheduled to officially announce the Toshiba-Fujitsu IS12T smartphone. According to a story on Liveside.net, the phone will be revealed via a press event in Japan at 10 am local time on Wednesday. That's equal to 9 pm Eastern time today. The outside world will be able to check out the press conference via a live video stream on the uStream service.

In addition to the introduction of the smartphone itself, the article states that the press event will also show off a number of new Windows Phone 7 applications that have been made specifically for the Japanese market. That includes apps that will work with mixi, which is Japan's biggest social networking web site, and Hot Pepper, which gives Japanese users access to coupons for shops and restaurants.

The phone itself is expected to be released in Japan sometime in August. The Toshiba-Fujitsu IS12T smartphone is rumored to have features like a 3.7 inch screen, a Qualcomm based processor and the ability to be water resistant. The smartphone is not expected to be put on sale outside of Japan. The first Western smartphones with the Windows Phone 7 Mango update are still scheduled to be released later this fall. That includes the first Windows Phone 7 devices from Nokia which is basically betting the company's entire mobile future on the success of its WP7 strategy.

For clarity, the invitation says July 27, but for many of us, the event will take place late on July 26.

Image Credit: Liveside.net

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Mozart WP7 said,
Sounds great but will it come on the WP7 Mozart??? I've had this phone since it was released in the UK last year.

Will what come on the Mozart? Mango will, yes, but this Fujitsu phone won't

Mozart WP7 said,
Sounds great but will it come on the WP7 Mozart??? I've had this phone since it was released in the UK last year.

All current handsets will be getting the Mango update

Morden said,

All current handsets will be getting the Mango update


issue is, none of them have a front facing cam, which means when skype comes (it should as it is now MS's property, but whether it comes with Mango i don't know) you will not be able to use proper video calling. while this is not so important for many, to me it is as i have to keep in touch with my girl friend living back in my country.

yepper. wonder who will sell them and i hope the handset it factory unlocked. i need softbank to get them, because all my friends use softbank, but afaik docomo are the only carrier offering unlocked phones?

daCrazyDude said,
yepper. wonder who will sell them and i hope the handset it factory unlocked. i need softbank to get them, because all my friends use softbank, but afaik docomo are the only carrier offering unlocked phones?

If it is softbank, you can dream about the unlocked part. Softbank is very determined in locking their handsets and there are no 3rd party unlocking services available. It would be better for you to buy an international handset and use it in Japan like me. Mango supports Japanese input so it shouldn't be an issue if you live in Japan.

XIII said,

If it is softbank, you can dream about the unlocked part. Softbank is very determined in locking their handsets and there are no 3rd party unlocking services available. It would be better for you to buy an international handset and use it in Japan like me. Mango supports Japanese input so it shouldn't be an issue if you live in Japan.

you mean, buy an unlocked phone from amazon or expansys, and use my existing iphone 3gs SIM? that's what i was going to do, if WP7 didn't come to Japan. but u usually don't use a phone for more than a couple of years, right? i have to be in Japan for another 2 years the least. so maybe i will think about the unlocked-ness when i get back to my country. but should see how things roll.

daCrazyDude said,
holy cow it is coming to Japan??? i can't wait! i so hope this would be friggin' awesome. i don't want iPhone 5.

No kidding... about time it gets here

yowan said,
Too bad, the Nokia WP7 phones are too late

Too late for what? This is for the Japanese KDDI. And even so the 3,7" is a bit small

yowan said,
Too bad, the Nokia WP7 phones are too late

I'm so tired of hearing about things being "too late". Honestly, all that you are saying is "I am too stupid to understand that new things will always come out, and can never be too late." Here's a couple of examples as proof. There will always be another iPhone, or a replacement for it. There will always be another Ford, Chevy, Toyota, Mercedes. There will always be another TV, Computer, Refrigerator, House, Restaurant. Why? Because there will always be a need for newer, better, faster, slower, bigger, smaller, or just different. If you think that once you own one of something, you will never need another, then you will everntually own nothing. Everything breaks, or becomes outdated, or becomes damaged, or uses older technology, or becomes unsafe by modern standards.

Nothing can ever be too late when it comes to new tech. Sometimes different is all something needs to be.

thealexweb said,
Wow that's a catchy name there xD That better just be a codename

You mean more like a model number, everything has one you just don't hear about them as much. We'll see what the official name of it is later today though.

thealexweb said,
Wow that's a catchy name there xD That better just be a codename

Inspire, Infuse, Captivate, Fascinate. Too many similar names! I miss when phones were sold by their model numbers. Ever since the RAZR came out and all the carriers wanted to market their phones with a "name" it has become impossible to keep track of what phones are what, and which ones are better than others. Worse yet, it makes it harder to tell when two carriers are selling the same phone under different names. I still maintain that they have to run out of names eventually. Hopefully then we'll go back to good old model numbers that were easy to compare and remember.

xpxp2002 said,

Inspire, Infuse, Captivate, Fascinate. Too many similar names! I miss when phones were sold by their model numbers. Ever since the RAZR came out and all the carriers wanted to market their phones with a "name" it has become impossible to keep track of what phones are what, and which ones are better than others. Worse yet, it makes it harder to tell when two carriers are selling the same phone under different names. I still maintain that they have to run out of names eventually. Hopefully then we'll go back to good old model numbers that were easy to compare and remember.

Agreed. I miss my Samsung i700. The i730 looked sick, I remember when this was the world's premium smartphone.