Microsoft reveals first Windows Phone 7 Series handset from LG

Last week we reported how LG could be planning to launch a Windows Phone 7 Series device as early as September this year. Now the first pre-production prototype of this possible device has been shown off by Microsoft during filming of The Engadget Show.

The LG model is the first official branded hardware we've seen of a Windows Phone 7 Series handset and seems to perfectly fit the hardware requirements defined by Microsoft for any devices running their latest mobile operating system, which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last month.

Microsoft's Aaron Woodman revealed the prototype and gave a quick overview of some of the hardware features it includes. The device sports a QWERTY slide-out keyboard as well as a touch screen and the three standard Windows Phone 7 prescribed buttons: back, home and search. Other buttons include power, camera and volume controls.

Engadget say the device is "just a hair thicker than an iPhone or Nexus One" and features a five megapixel camera and flash on the rear, and a headphone jack. They also reiterate that the device is still a prototype so anything could change between now and when the device is launched (whether that be September or sometime later). Check out a video of the phone and some hand-on photos of the hardware over at Engadget.

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dimithrak said,
Why LG???

You do realise this is one phone out of many to come... it isn't going to be one design like the iPhone. Microsoft sell the OS and the partners make the handsets. Theres going to be a lot of variety.

Maybe something as simple as resizing the display font would eliminate the problem for all those who can't get their heads round the missing letters on the screen.

20legend said,
Maybe something as simple as resizing the display font would eliminate the problem for all those who can't get their heads round the missing letters on the screen.

Hopefully!

What would you say if neowin started making their webpage that way? There isn't a difference. It's unprofessional, and to me, it just looks like people got lazy in the programming. I don't understand why you would design something that doesn't fit in the screen.

bguy_1986 said,

Hopefully!

What would you say if neowin started making their webpage that way? There isn't a difference.

The UI only cuts off stuff that [i]you should already know[/i] (generic titles for overarching hubs, the month, ect.) It doesn't do this for any of the [i]content[/i] on the device. Basically, you're comparing two different things - the titles of sections on the Windows Phone to [i]all[/i] the text on Neowin.

Actually, now that I think of it, no I wouldn't mind if stuff like "News" and "Forums" were displayed in large, cut-off text, especially if I could scroll the page to see other sections under each title. I mean, I already know what it says. And I really don't see how it looks "unprofessional" at all.

MarkKB said,

The UI only cuts off stuff that [i]you should already know[/i] (generic titles for overarching hubs, the month, ect.) It doesn't do this for any of the [i]content[/i] on the device. Basically, you're comparing two different things - the titles of sections on the Windows Phone to [i]all[/i] the text on Neowin.

Actually, now that I think of it, no I wouldn't mind if stuff like "News" and "Forums" were displayed in large, cut-off text, especially if I could scroll the page to see other sections under each title. I mean, I already know what it says. And I really don't see how it looks "unprofessional" at all.

I guess it's a matter of opinion. I don't like having words cut off. expecially when it isn't necessary. We aren't talking a huge difference in font size...

keyboard is cool but I think personally bring on hopefully next touch pro series with android and hopefully snapdragon option no competing device has managed to pull off the good qwerty on TP2

omganinja said,
Hate it. The text going off the screen is just stupid.

Yes, because people don't have the capacity to fill in the 3 missing letters on their own! Do you even actually understand how the human eye/brain works when reading? It's been documented, and I'm pretty sure that humans don't sit there and actually read/see the whole word, the brain only needs the first few letters/parts and the rest gets filled in automatically. Case in point, speed readers.

I like it!
I've only seen 2 phones recently that really caught my eye, the Palm Pre and the Samsun Omnia 2. Add this to the list to get 3!

pretty phone. I like this one though I usually don't like LG's higher end phones. I like their flip phones though.

I wont being going anywhere near it, no one in my immediate surrounding has had any kind of luck with LG phones...

Any luck I had was that by the time the warranty was about to end it had been broken so many times I could have my money back :P

BIGGER screen please!
I just want a Touch Pro2 with a slightly bigger capacitive screen and a snapdragon. Its keyboard is perfection.

Bigger? It doesn't strike me as all that small... I mean, sure, I like my phone to have a nice, large screen as much as the next touchscreen user, but it's not like this is restrictive compared to other phones on the market. I don't see specs anywhere, but that's definitely right around the average screen size.

bguy_1986 said,
still can't fit the whole february word in on the home page... I think that is pretty dumb..
See answer to roadwarrior above. It's not a bug.

Kirkburn said,
See answer to roadwarrior above. It's not a bug.

This comment is really getting old. And, at some point making these kind of comments is dumb... It is a design choice and it is not just for aesthetics (as many here on this site and other sites have pointed out)...

Edited by zagor, Mar 1 2010, 5:23am :

Looks like all the other LG phones that are out there right now. Waiting to see something awesome from HTC before choosing a Win Phone 7 Phone.

Tech Star said,
Looks like all the other LG phones that are out there right now. Waiting to see something awesome from HTC before choosing a Win Phone 7 Phone.

Yeah, I definitely want to see what HTC comes out with. Samsung might have some good phones too. I definitely like my Omnia, so I look forward to seeing what everyone comes out with in the next year... I wish I was up for an upgrade though... This might get expensive...

Tech Star said,
Looks like all the other LG phones that are out there right now. Waiting to see something awesome from HTC before choosing a Win Phone 7 Phone.

Yup yup, I'm looking out for what HTC and Samsung bring out first. I'm happy with both my Windows Mobile touchscreen phones (both HTC and Samsung) but I want one with a qwerty keyboard next time round so I can type and text properly, fast and efficiently so this phone looks quite good, I just wonder if it tilts.

Billus said,

Yup yup, I'm looking out for what HTC and Samsung bring out first. I'm happy with both my Windows Mobile touchscreen phones (both HTC and Samsung) but I want one with a qwerty keyboard next time round so I can type and text properly, fast and efficiently so this phone looks quite good, I just wonder if it tilts.

I agree. This does look like a nice phone. Though I have to say that I've not been a fan of LG's touch phones, the inclusion of Windows might rectify things (In the past I think it's been software issues)... I may consider this phone, but I want to see what else is coming out... And of course price is a concern as well... I can't believe how thin it is though...

FacialTurd said,
If an HD3/HD2 comes out with Windows Phone 7, I'm certainly going to switch from android.

And if XDA comes up with a dual-boot Android+WP7 flash, I mean, jeez, talk about being sold.

ObiWanToby said,
Physical keyboard is definitely a nice touch. I am afraid those will start to disappear :(

Yeah. My only question is that somewhere in the specs Microsoft has that the phone may only use one orientation (Portrait?), so with a device with a slide out keyboard, I'm kind of wondering how that would work... The orientation would have to be able to change IMO in order for it to be usable... Hopefully Microsoft backed off of that requirement (Or something) and this will work as expected, because I do like switching orientation when texting and stuff (And I don't even have a physical keyboard)...

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah. My only question is that somewhere in the specs Microsoft has that the phone may only use one orientation (Portrait?), so with a device with a slide out keyboard, I'm kind of wondering how that would work... The orientation would have to be able to change IMO in order for it to be usable... Hopefully Microsoft backed off of that requirement (Or something) and this will work as expected, because I do like switching orientation when texting and stuff (And I don't even have a physical keyboard)...


On the ZuneHD it changes orientation when you turn it for web browsing, so i don't see why it couldn't do something similar for typing messages on this phone.

What? Where does it say anything about a single orientation?

They even showed off it switching orientations in the sample phones.

M_Lyons10 said,
Yeah. My only question is that somewhere in the specs Microsoft has that the phone may only use one orientation (Portrait?)

I think you dreamed that my friend. Nowhere has it ever said that WinMo 7 can only operate in a single orientation. Would be kind of ridiculous to release a prototype phone with a slide out "landscape" keyboard and not allow the gui to flip to landscape too... would'nt it ><

I just love the quality control, and look how well the font fits the display! At least some months will fit without being cut off I guess.

roadwarrior said,
I just love the quality control, and look how well the font fits the display! At least some months will fit without being cut off I guess.
That's how it's designed.

Part of it is because it's intended as a fluid UI, and part of it is that some months are short like "May", and some are long, like "February". Unless you start resizing words all the time, force short forms, or force everything to a small size ... this is a solution. It still obviously says "February".

Edited by Kirkburn, Mar 1 2010, 3:38am :

Kirkburn said,
That's how it's designed.

Part of it is because it's intended as a fluid UI, and part of it is that some months are short like "May", and some are long, like "February". Unless you start resizing words all the time, force short forms, or force everything to a small size ... this is a solution. It still obviously says "February".

Yeah, I understand the reasoning as well. They want you to realize that the screen continues to the right... I'm O.K. with the usability of it... But I'm not really sure how I feel about words being cut off personally. This was a gripe of mine in the Zune HD software, but I still plan on getting a Windows Phone 7 Phone and it may grow on me in the end...

roadwarrior said,
I just love the quality control, and look how well the font fits the display! At least some months will fit without being cut off I guess.

If you're good at reading (which is ok if you're not), then your brain would fill in the FebruaRY part.

roadwarrior said,
I just love the quality control, and look how well the font fits the display! At least some months will fit without being cut off I guess.

It's by design. If you look at the Zune HD. Marketplace is "Marketplac" on there.

roadwarrior said,
I just love the quality control, and look how well the font fits the display! At least some months will fit without being cut off I guess.

might want to look up Metro UI before commenting. It's ok if you don't like it, but don't start about quality control because it's meant to be like this

The Real Alex said,

It's by design. If you look at the Zune HD. Marketplace is "Marketplac" on there.

stupid design then isn't it.

Since the start of the computer/electronics/webpages you tried to fit the whole word on one screen.. why take a step back. why not make the font a little smaller? does it have to be so huge. are people blind and cannot see a smaller text????

bguy_1986 said,
does it have to be so huge. are people blind and cannot see a smaller text????
Yes.

Not everyone has 20/20 vision. You've noticed people wearing glasses, surely.

Edited by Kirkburn, Mar 1 2010, 7:55pm :

Kirkburn said,
Yes.

Not everyone has 20/20 vision. You've noticed people wearing glasses, surely.

Yah, that's kind of obvious. I'm blind without glasses/contacts. We aren't talking about some huge difference in text size here...
Do you understand my point? What if everybody starts making software\websites where text runs off the screen? That won't bother you either? Other's won't because it's unprofessional.

bguy_1986 said,
Do you understand my point? What if everybody starts making software\websites where text runs off the screen? That won't bother you either? Other's won't because it's unprofessional.
It won't bother me if it's designed properly, like this has been. You are losing no information, and it matches the rest of the UI design where headers span multiple "slides".

Edited by Kirkburn, Mar 2 2010, 1:41am :

roadwarrior said,
I just love the quality control, and look how well the font fits the display! At least some months will fit without being cut off I guess.

Good then maybe we can see if you're banned from ever owning a mobile phone of any sort; you've openly declared you don't have a clue and thus disqualified yourself from owning any technological device.

wow it has a keyboard and its slightly thicker than the iphone?
I hope it has a removable battery

ekw said,
wow it has a keyboard and its slightly thicker than the iphone?
I hope it has a removable battery

I was thinking the same thing...

MountainSnake said,
Stop comparing the iPhone with everything else. iPhone is POS.

Since iPhone revolutionised touch-phones/smart-phones and they hold a big chunk of the market, they will always compare new products to iPhone, like it or not.

Euphoria said,
Since iPhone revolutionised touch-phones/smart-phones and they hold a big chunk of the market, they will always compare new products to iPhone, like it or not.
You mean "perfected" (for a given extent of perfection), not revolutionised.

Edited by Kirkburn, Mar 1 2010, 7:32pm :

Kirkburn said,
You mean "perfected" (for a given extent of perfection), not revolutionised.

Erm no. There are many standard phone features the iPhone still cannot do yet, isuch as standard file transfer over bluetooth. It's far from perfect. The only aspect I think they got spot on was the UI. Approachable and unversal.