Samsung reportedly working on three new Windows Phones

With the largely positive media reaction to its new Windows Phones, and the imminent launch of its flagship Lumia 900 in the United States, Nokia has undoubtedly been drawing most of the attention lavished upon the Windows Phone ecosystem in recent months. But Microsoft’s other mobile partners – including ZTE and Asus – are still very much in the game, and a new report from China’s WPDang.com indicates that Samsung is also preparing to renew its efforts with the Windows Phone platform.

The site claims that Samsung will bring three new Windows Phone handsets to market this year, starting with a device codenamed ‘Mandel’ (also known by its model name, SGH-i667). Not much is known about this handset yet; we do know that it will feature 4G LTE connectivity, along with a WVGA (800x480px) display, and will run Windows Phone 7.5 Refresh (formerly known as the ‘Tango’ update).

There’s no official word yet on which markets the device will be released in, but Slashgear claims that it will land on AT&T, while WPDang claims it will arrive in the second half of the year (most likely Q3, ahead of the Q4 launch of Windows Phone 8).

Details on the other two handsets are even more sparse, beyond the claim that both will run Windows Phone 8 at launch, although that in itself isn’t exactly news. We reported back in February that Samsung’s head of product management, Matt Brum, had reconfirmed the company’s commitment to the Windows Phone ecosystem, stating that Windows Phone 8 (also known as ‘Apollo’) “is coming at the end of the year and will increase the capability of the platform, and Samsung is looking to optimise its devices on that.”

While we still have a bit longer to wait before we know what exactly what Samsung has in store for its Apollo devices, today's report claims that the company will deliver at least two Windows Phone 8 devices before the end of 2012.

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Lets ignore the android fun boys who are upset by the fact that Samsung is working on WP. I guess the reason behind it is the Nokia noise.

AWilliams87 said,
WP doesn't have instagram, so no young person will buy em.

Whats an "instagram"? I don't consider myself as old but I have no clue...

AWilliams87 said,
WP doesn't have instagram, so no young person will buy em.

Android doesn't either. Apparently it has a 3rd party app

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Whats an "instagram"? I don't consider myself as old but I have no clue...


It's an iphone (and now android) app. From http://instagr.am/about/faq/ :
"Instagram is a fun & quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your iPhone, then choose a filter to transform the look and feel of the shot into a memory to keep around forever. We're building the platform to allow you to experience moments in your friends' lives through pictures as they happen. We imagine a world more connected through images of what happens around them - whether through friends or people across the world."

Riva said,

Android doesn't either. Apparently it has a 3rd party app

Four days ago called....they need to speak to you like now.

Why? There's no need to have three similar phones of moderate quality when we can have one exceptional phone. SGS with a WP7 variant is what we need.

I hope they will be better than the Focus Flash. I think it is the worst WP7 phone out now. It constantly freezes after receiving a text message, keyboard disappears every few seconds and it only rings sporadically. My wife is on her 3rd Flash in 3 weeks and just after a week it starts already again - lock-ups, freezes and no ring tone. Forums are full of these complains, but AT&T nor Samsung admit to anything, well not exactly, they wanted to sell her a new HTC phone for $99 plus a 2 year extension - scum.

Why would u wanna run WP7 u cant customize it and it doesnt have any good apps, whats the appeal? Is it easy to use for old ladies or something?

It has plenty of good apps, what are you talking about? Sure there are a few notable ones missing, but your comment is crazy.

Daniel_Pooh said,
Why would u wanna run WP7 u cant customize it and it doesnt have any good apps, whats the appeal? Is it easy to use for old ladies or something?

Really?

What can't you customize?

Do you really need to change your Widgets around 10 times a day, and then watch your battery life disappear as they run? WP7 has Live Tiles, making widgets outdated.

Wallpaper? With a black background, you don't have wallpaper cluttering up the screen, and it saves battery life on the majority of screen technologies.

Apps? WP7 has as many 'relevant' Apps as Android. Now if you want some specific porn wallpaper collection called an 'App' or another soundboard 'App' Android does have more to offer when you need the right bodily sound.

As for old ladies... Actually it is easy for old ladies to use, and all people in general. You will also find that they do 'more' on WP7 because it just works and they can be posting to facebook, sharing pictures, sending tweets and other 'advanced' features that they never could figure out or get to work because of the inconsistency and complexity of the multitude of Apps necessary to perform 'basic phone' functions.

Give one to your grandma, they will finally be able to Text you, and message you from their phone.
**Also be sure to enable the Voice features for non-headsets, and they can even tell the phone to read the messages and reply to you without having to get their glasses or even touch the phone. (Something even Siri can't yet do.)

Is there some 'customization' I am missing you need?

There are 'unlocks' for WP7 that let you install and modify anything you want if you are a hard core geek, just like Android or a jailbroken iPhone. You can even monkey with the WinCE kernel, mod it, and even alter the phone's security features and allow Apps to touch other Apps like Android and iPhone if you are full on crazy.
**(Did you notice the new Facebook App exploit for them this week, it doesn't work on WP7 because of the security differences?)

thenetavenger said,

Really?

What can't you customize?

Well, let us see:

-See more appointments listed
-Be able to backup SMS
-Be able to control my music from the switch on the headset
-Transfer files using Bluetooth
-A decent calendar app
-Be able to decide what is my email primary account Even if you first install an Exchange account as soon as you add a MSN one the latter becomes the main account and you cannot delete it)
-Be able to collapse or expand the folder list in my Exchange account; scrolling down almost 150 folders and sub-folders is really early '90.
-Be able to use alphanumeric passwords and also longer than six characters.
-Full encryption of the device
-Ability to side load apps
-Desktop sync
-Swappable storage

The list is longer but it is Easter week-end............

Fritzly said,

Well, let us see:
The list is longer but it is Easter week-end............

Backup SMS? seriously I see no value in this at all
Control music from the headset: Strange cos the HTC Mozart allows you to. If some manufacturers prefer answer/volume up/down then that's another subject. Plus you can head to xda-developers and remap them
Transfer files via bluetooth: I guess only iOS and WP are the mature mobile phone OSes here. Storing files on the phone is not that convinient. If you need a tablet, or laptop, go buy one and stop abusing your phone.
Decent calendar app: Define decent, I use it for work appointments and I cant recall missing a single one.
Primary email account is always the first windows live account so you just didn't understand the concept there. WP can only be owned by a windows live account and that's why they are always primary.
I don't use my email as an archive tool, more as a communication tool so I don't experience the same issues as you. You got Lotus Notes, SharePoint and other platforms for that.
Makes sense to use a PIN for a phone
Windows Phone encrypts the file system and the SD card needs to go through hell to be decrypted with no recoverable content. So make sure you know what you are talking about
I seem to be able to side load apps with no problem. Fact that they don't actually execute at the same time (which is not needed) doesn't mean I can't swap between more than one app.
Desktop sync.... Zune?
Swappable storage, see encryption

Riva said,

...

+1.... Thank You for shutting that troll up.
People need to educate themselves and giving a full-time try before commenting. Also, some of the items he listed will be greatly improved in WP8.

Riva said,

Backup SMS? seriously I see no value in this at all
Control music from the headset: Strange cos the HTC Mozart allows you to. If some manufacturers prefer answer/volume up/down then that's another subject. Plus you can head to xda-developers and remap them
Transfer files via bluetooth: I guess only iOS and WP are the mature mobile phone OSes here. Storing files on the phone is not that convinient. If you need a tablet, or laptop, go buy one and stop abusing your phone.
Decent calendar app: Define decent, I use it for work appointments and I cant recall missing a single one.
Primary email account is always the first windows live account so you just didn't understand the concept there. WP can only be owned by a windows live account and that's why they are always primary.
I don't use my email as an archive tool, more as a communication tool so I don't experience the same issues as you. You got Lotus Notes, SharePoint and other platforms for that.
Makes sense to use a PIN for a phone
Windows Phone encrypts the file system and the SD card needs to go through hell to be decrypted with no recoverable content. So make sure you know what you are talking about
I seem to be able to side load apps with no problem. Fact that they don't actually execute at the same time (which is not needed) doesn't mean I can't swap between more than one app.
Desktop sync.... Zune?
Swappable storage, see encryption

I have no problems with you not considering SMS backup important but other people do therefore bring back the ability to do it.

Control music: I have had a HD7 and a Lumia 800, neither allow it.

Bluetooth: again you may find inconvenient to have files available on the device; I do not own shares of AT&T or other carriers and I do not see the need to boost their revenues. Btw I have used a Tablet since 2002 and I do not think that having
data always available in your phone means "abusing" it; on the other hands I do understand your efforts to push your opinion...

Calendar: not to be annoying but again: your opinion....Many people disagree:
http://windowsphone.uservoice....bafbb1604359a2c9b853d0dc7c6

Email account: as before the fact that a Live account IS the primary account is an arbitrary decision MS pushes; there is no reason for it and it does not help the platform and poor sales prove it.

Email as an archive tool? Lotus or SharePoint? Have you ever heard of Outlook? That is what I use and I can expand and collapse folders with it.

I use a 4 digit PIN for my SIM; I am sure you do understand the differences between a six digit numeric and a longer, alphanumeric one......…

Windows Phone encrypts the file system and the SD card needs to go through hell to be decrypted with no recoverable content. So make sure you know what you are talking about.
I am afraid that you are the one who need to check what you are talking about:
From Microsoft Spokeswoman Julie Morgan:
"At this time, we do not provide on-device encryption as Windows Phone supports several other technologies to help organizations protect information, but we are continuing to evolve the product and are looking at various solutions to aid different customers."

You might be able to side-load apps using Chevron; do I have to pay in order to have such a basic functionality? I do not think so. Yes I am able, as well as almost everybody here, to use different "tools' to unlock a device as well as loading custom ROM etc. but we are not the average users, we are a minority.

Desktop sync using Zune? Nice try......… Now how do you sync Outlook using Zune? You cannot, you need Exchange or use the Cloud. Again no options here, MS made the decision for you....... and failed.

Finally note that most of the "annoyances" I listed about WP7 did not exist with WM 6.5.XXX and guess what?

WM OS reached almost 50% of market dominance, more or less where Android is right now.
This is something to think about, isn't' it?

j2006 said,

+1.... Thank You for shutting that troll up.
People need to educate themselves and giving a full-time try before commenting. Also, some of the items he listed will be greatly improved in WP8.

Thanks for clarifying to all of us what kind of minus habens you are.
Besides I bought my first WP7 device, a HD7, the first day it became available in the US; please remember that not everybody act and react as you seem to do........

Fritzly said,

I have no problems with you not considering SMS backup important but other people do therefore bring back the ability to do it.

No hard feelings, I am in the software industry myself and one thing I learned is that people hate it when you change the way they work. I can see you are a WiMo user that tried out WP7 and didn't like it. You are more used to doing more things on your device rather than depending on the cloud as Windows Phone does. I guess your natural home for now is going to be Android as itself is windows mobile with better graphics. I will insist on the encryption though, WP creates a partition between your EPROM and the SD card and they are both encrypted. You cannot recover data off a WP device that easy. The way I use windows phone is contacts, calendar and personal files on skydrive/Hotmail as I always did even prior to WP7. Work data is exchange, sharepoint and onenote on skydrive again as I worked before. I am in no way going to try and push my ideas or way of working as better, but your points about what is not good on WP are subjective.

Riva said,

No hard feelings, I am in the software industry myself and one thing I learned is that people hate it when you change the way they work. I can see you are a WiMo user that tried out WP7 and didn't like it. You are more used to doing more things on your device rather than depending on the cloud as Windows Phone does. I guess your natural home for now is going to be Android as itself is windows mobile with better graphics. I will insist on the encryption though, WP creates a partition between your EPROM and the SD card and they are both encrypted. You cannot recover data off a WP device that easy. The way I use windows phone is contacts, calendar and personal files on skydrive/Hotmail as I always did even prior to WP7. Work data is exchange, sharepoint and onenote on skydrive again as I worked before. I am in no way going to try and push my ideas or way of working as better, but your points about what is not good on WP are subjective.

You are correct: my first Windows phone was a Motorola MPX 200 and I kept using WM till 6.5.3; I used an iPhone for a brief period but I never really liked it. I never tried an Android device therefore I cannot comment on that OS.
While I really like, actually love, the WP7 GUI I do not like that lack of options of the OS.
You are right that I am not a big fan of the Cloud........ when it is something imposed to me and without alternatives.
There are rumors that Wp8 will bring back a lot of, at least for me, useful features; Time will tell but I hope so: I dislike Apple philosophy and I do not want to move to Android.

johndotcom83 said,
would it kill someone to put a 4G LTE Windows Phone on Verizon?

Verizon refuses to believe that Windows Phone is necessary on their network... Trust me I'm ****ed as well.

RedFlow said,

Verizon refuses to believe that Windows Phone is necessary on their network... Trust me I'm ****ed as well.


Yea, the last time I went to a Verizon store they told me they didn't need a Windows Phone, and that it was selling horribly on ATT (not to mention saying they didn't have a Windows Phone, when they actually do )

johndotcom83 said,
would it kill someone to put a 4G LTE Windows Phone on Verizon?
Would it kill someone to put ANY WP7 on Sprint??? I have had my Arrive forever (it's the ONLY ONE offered.... >_>) and I would definitely like an upgrade soon.