Rumor: HTC to reveal new Windows Phone 7 devices Sept. 1

We suspected that more Windows Phone 7 devices would start to be announced soon after the "Mango" update to Microsoft's mobile OS went final. Now comes word that one of the biggest supporters of the OS, smartphone maker HTC, is holding a press event on September 1 that will focus exclusively on two new Windows Phone 7 products. Boy Genius Report claims via unnamed sources that one of the phones will be made for AT&T customers and the other will be coming to T-Mobile (sorry, Verizon and Sprint users). The event itself is being held in London.

The story claims that the AT&T phone will be called the HTC Eternity and will have a 3.7 inch display. The T-Mobile device will be called the HTC Omega and will have a much bigger 4.5 inch screen, according to the story. There's no other info about what tech specs each phone will have nor what the prices or specific launch dates will be given to the devices.

HTC still makes most of its money from selling smartphones based on Google's Android operating system. However the recent news that Google wants to purchase one of HTC's big rivals, Motorola Mobility, for $12.5 billion may have made HTC start to think that it should put a bigger marketing push towards its Windows Phone 7 devices. Meanwhile, the industry is still awaiting Nokia's launch of its highly anticipated line of Windows Phone 7 smartphones.

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I hope they keep selling Android while they can, Microsoft makes more pure profit off those sales to put into WP7 resources for when Google closes Android and locks it to Motorola.

thenetavenger said,
I hope they keep selling Android while they can, Microsoft makes more pure profit off those sales to put into WP7 resources for when Google closes Android and locks it to Motorola.

And what makes you think that Google will lock Android to Motorola?
"Locking" seems a very popular concept at MS WP division lately......... They went from a very open OS (WM) to a very locked down one (WP)..........

Fritzly said,

And what makes you think that Google will lock Android to Motorola?
"Locking" seems a very popular concept at MS WP division lately......... They went from a very open OS (WM) to a very locked down one (WP)..........

Perhaps you need to look at the reasons why MS locked it down though, it's to ensure a consistant experience across all handsets instead of having over 9000 different UIs for the same OS and having manufacturers release slow, underspecced handsets. Windows Mobile was also targeted at business users, who have different requirements than the consumer. I have a Windows Mobile 6.5 device for work, because it uses the business specific features in the OS and a WP7 handset for personal use.

Edited by neo158, Aug 23 2011, 12:52pm :

neo158 said,

Perhaps you need to look at the reasons why MS locked it down though, it's to ensure a consistant experience across all handsets instead of having over 9000 different UIs for the same OS and having manufacturers release slow, underspecced handsets. .

This concept of "Consistant experience" reminds me the Chinese Cultural Revolution and the Red guards....... It does not seem to m that differentiation hurted Windows OS, actually the opposite. The biggest, and real, problem MS had with WM was that once they achieved market domination they stopped innovating and updating the OS.
And yes I do have too both a HD2 and a HD7 and while I by far prefer the GUi of the latter the lack of functionalities make me keep using the former.

downhillrider said,
3.7 display? zzzzzz

Perhaps you didn't read my post further up, the Eternity has a 4.7 inch display, the article is wrong and they still haven't changed it yet.

People would have more of a chance of buying a WP7 phone if the carriers actually displayed / promoted them. The stores right now are like, "We have Android Phones! and iPhones! What's that you ask? I'm not sure... hmm says Windows Phone on Back. I can get you a great deal on this android handset! You want what feature? Oh this Android set has that PLUS this! What? Windows makes phones? Hmm... Well, they are over there if you want to see em."
Microsoft/HTC/Samsung/LG/Nokia have to figure out why they push these android phones so much so that they have a fighting chance. My guess is they are pushing the old phones which WP7 doesn't have any yet.

Invizibleyez said,
People would have more of a chance of buying a WP7 phone if the carriers actually displayed / promoted them. The stores right now are like, "We have Android Phones! and iPhones! What's that you ask? I'm not sure... hmm says Windows Phone on Back. I can get you a great deal on this android handset! You want what feature? Oh this Android set has that PLUS this! What? Windows makes phones? Hmm... Well, they are over there if you want to see em."
Microsoft/HTC/Samsung/LG/Nokia have to figure out why they push these android phones so much so that they have a fighting chance. My guess is they are pushing the old phones which WP7 doesn't have any yet.

Other than one broken display with a cord hanging off it, and the Verizon Trophy, I have been in over 25 cell and electronics stores in the past two weeks, and they have no WP7 phones, and most never had any.

If Walmart has 50 phones and not one WP7 in any of their stores or online, it pretty much says they have an uphill battle. Even Android appeared at Walmart before they were popular.

When you have a bad experience with Android it tends to put you off. My comment was based on hands on with Android, not from what I have heard, read or seen. So your the fool sir.

WhiteKnight1 said,
When you have a bad experience with Android it tends to put you off. My comment was based on hands on with Android, not from what I have heard, read or seen. So your the fool sir.

I tend to agree, until HTC released Android 2.3 for the Desire it was slower than my HD7 which uses the same processor, however I won't go back to Android now even though I still have the phone I don't use it.

norseman said,

Thanks for the info - that looks really nice!!!

I think so too, I won't have a phone with a screen smaller than 4.3 inchs now and the Eternity looks to have a UK version as well going on the Phone Radio bands, it could just be a world phone though.

Neo003 said,
Why no love for verizon customers.

Verizon is one of the biggest carriers that doesn't want WP7. I forgot where I read that but you can see that they are pushing for Android more than WP7 when you go into their stores.

I haven't a clue about Sprint.

Yep, I don't understand all the MS hate on here. I speak for myself, but I have had a HTC Windows Phone 7 now for just over six months. To be honest I can't fault it, it's bloody amazing. Upgraded from an iPhone 4 to WP7 and never looked back. I would not touch Android if they gave me a free contract and paid my bill for two years.

WhiteKnight1 said,
Yep, I don't understand all the MS hate on here. I speak for myself, but I have had a HTC Windows Phone 7 now for just over six months. To be honest I can't fault it, it's bloody amazing. Upgraded from an iPhone 4 to WP7 and never looked back. I would not touch Android if they gave me a free contract and paid my bill for two years.

You start off by saying you don't understand the MS hate and end it off with you hating on Android? If you can understand it your way, can't you understand it my way? I mean if you acting like that and not understanding any other view then it just makes you a closed minded fool.

I would never touch a WP7 even if they gave me a free contract and paid my bill for 4 years. However unlike you, I see why the really tiny market share of WP7 love it.

WhiteKnight1 said,
Yep, I don't understand all the MS hate on here. I speak for myself, but I have had a HTC Windows Phone 7 now for just over six months. To be honest I can't fault it, it's bloody amazing. Upgraded from an iPhone 4 to WP7 and never looked back. I would not touch Android if they gave me a free contract and paid my bill for two years.
U SAD??

UndergroundWire said,

You start off by saying you don't understand the MS hate and end it off with you hating on Android? If you can understand it your way, can't you understand it my way? I mean if you acting like that and not understanding any other view then it just makes you a closed minded fool.

I would never touch a WP7 even if they gave me a free contract and paid my bill for 4 years. However unlike you, I see why the really tiny market share of WP7 love it.

This may be presumptuous but have u tried a WP7 phone properly? A lot of people have given Android a long enough go (like me having owned a HTC Magic, Nexus One & HTC Desire HD) to make informed decisions on how good it is etc...but a huge number of people who might have not even seen/used one in the flesh just slam it unfairly in a very uninformed way. I'd say you'd like WP7 if you gave in a fair, longer term chance. Most people would. Just my opinion nothing more.

WP7 said,

This may be presumptuous but have u tried a WP7 phone properly? A lot of people have given Android a long enough go (like me having owned a HTC Magic, Nexus One & HTC Desire HD) to make informed decisions on how good it is etc...but a huge number of people who might have not even seen/used one in the flesh just slam it unfairly in a very uninformed way. I'd say you'd like WP7 if you gave in a fair, longer term chance. Most people would. Just my opinion nothing more.

Actually I have. What I usually do is I signup for a new contract and buy the phone. Play with it for two weeks and return it. So far I have done it with the HTC Arrive, iPhone 3GS, Nexus S and the Evo 3D. From my findings, WP7 was horrible and visually ugly. Of course when Mango comes out, I will buy a Mango phone and return it after two weeks just to play around with it. But from what I saw, WP7 sucks.

UndergroundWire said,

Actually I have. What I usually do is I signup for a new contract and buy the phone. Play with it for two weeks and return it. So far I have done it with the HTC Arrive, iPhone 3GS, Nexus S and the Evo 3D. From my findings, WP7 was horrible and visually ugly. Of course when Mango comes out, I will buy a Mango phone and return it after two weeks just to play around with it. But from what I saw, WP7 sucks.

That's a typical answer from an Android user. Why, in your opinion, does it suck? What, in your opinion, makes it horrible and visually ugly?

WTF, why buy a Mango handset just to return it after two weeks if it sucks that much?

Personally I find Android horrible and visually ugly but then I actually OWN an Android handset.

neo158 said,

That's a typical answer from an Android user. Why, in your opinion, does it suck? What, in your opinion, makes it horrible and visually ugly?

WTF, why buy a Mango handset just to return it after two weeks if it sucks that much?

Personally I find Android horrible and visually ugly but then I actually OWN an Android handset.

My answer is typicall? You're telling me I need it longer than two weeks to fall in love with it? Sorry that is not going to fly. Quite frankly, if a phone doesn't have Voice Navigation, 4GLTE and at least a 4" screen (those are my three biggest now), I don't want it. However, it doesn't stop me from going to other carriers and pretending to signup just to give it a fair shot. What's wrong with that? I'm not judging the iPhone or WP7 for missing those features. I judge it visually and usability.

I find it funny that people can actually critize HTC Android phones. Considering that it runs Sense. I remember not to long ago when HTC was putting out Windows Mobile, people were praising it. But now that it is on Android, it can be criticized.

Eternally1027 said,
I have the Samsung Focus (with the Dev Build of Mango) and it is an excellent phone!

Running full Mango on my Focus (Rogers). I can't wait for newer and better phones to come out to help others make an educated decision on their next smart phone purchase.

norseman said,

Running full Mango on my Focus (Rogers). I can't wait for newer and better phones to come out to help others make an educated decision on their next smart phone purchase.

As I'm with Telus, I hope they get more than the two phones they have now

Eternally1027 said,
I have the Samsung Focus (with the Dev Build of Mango) and it is an excellent phone!

Me too, and I must say that it truly is an excellent phone.
But, I've heard rumors that there's a Samsung Focus 2 out in the wild sporting a front-facing camera and some higher specs, and was shown off at a developer conference last month. I'll definitely be getting that when it comes out. Who knows, maybe that's going to be one of the devices at the Samsung announcement. Fingers crossed.

Sraf said,

As I'm with Telus, I hope they get more than the two phones they have now


IM pretty sure they have 3 WP7 devices... (unless your reffering to your carrier)

Fujitsu-Toshiba Is12T FTW all the way!!! So long as they're released in UK on 3 i'll chop in my omnia 7 on 3 for it. 3UK are so crap they don't stock ANY new WP7 phones anymore. How sh*t.

Awesome. I'm just waiting for Samsung to release some since I generally prefer their hardware over HTC.

I get a little frustrated whenever I read another stat update about WP7's low market share after looking at Sprint's selection and still seeing the same, single, solitary, weakly spec'ed, small screened, shoddy HTC offering. If one more vendor says crap about how they're "standing equally behind Android and WP7" when they have 10 handsets for the former and 1-2 for the latter due out, I'm going to set something on fire.

Joshie said,
I get a little frustrated whenever I read another stat update about WP7's low market share after looking at Sprint's selection and still seeing the same, single, solitary, weakly spec'ed, small screened, shoddy HTC offering. If one more vendor says crap about how they're "standing equally behind Android and WP7" when they have 10 handsets for the former and 1-2 for the latter due out, I'm going to set something on fire.

Equal support deosn't mean a slew of devices. if you look at the past 2 decades, there have never been more than 5 choices for a Windows Mobile device. Why? because on a consumer level no one busy them. Businesses were the biggest buyers of Windows Mobile. Palm had a Windows Mobile device in its Treo and Palm Pro devices. HTC was the only other maker besides Motorola who only had a very few. However the devices were bign sold by the millions to businesses. Same models tho.US carriers just never have pushed the devices equally. They push their favorite and the rest get 15 secs of fame.

TechieXP said,
if you look at the past 2 decades, there have never been more than 5 choices for a Windows Mobile device.

Windows phone is NOT windows mobile.

Joshie said,
I get a little frustrated whenever I read another stat update about WP7's low market share after looking at Sprint's selection and still seeing the same, single, solitary, weakly spec'ed, small screened, shoddy HTC offering. If one more vendor says crap about how they're "standing equally behind Android and WP7" when they have 10 handsets for the former and 1-2 for the latter due out, I'm going to set something on fire.

Sprint user too... fed up with my Evo and Android. Played around with WP7 on an HTC HD2 and liked it so much I'm on a pay-as-you-go plan with T-Mobile and have two phones. Using the WP7 one more and more. Sprint needs the HD7 (not the pro) or something similar now!