Wave of Windows Phone 7.5 'Mango' handsets expected in September

With the next major update for Windows Phone 7 having reached the all-important RTM milestone just a few days ago, and a new build (7712) of Mango being delivered to developers this week too, there’s a real sense now that the wait for the greatly anticipated update is almost at an end. The first official confirmation of a new Mango-powered handset came this week with Fujitsu-Toshiba’s announcement of the new IS12T handset, expected to arrive in September.

Today, citing unnamed industry sources, Digitimes reports that the IS12T will actually be just one of many Windows Phone 7.5 devices to arrive in September, with new handsets from HTC, LG, Acer, Huawei, ZTE and Samsung all going up against Apple’s new iPhone 5, which is widely believed to be arriving at around the same time.

At Windows Phone 7’s launch last year, HTC rolled out a range of handsets powered by the new OS; the variety of form factors and sizes has surely played a key role in the company’s dominance of WP7 sales so far, with HTC selling two-thirds of all devices in the US. No doubt keen to retain that commanding lead, HTC is expected to release numerous Mango phones in September. Images of two of these handsets were posted yesterday (and subsequently removed) on the 'coming soon' page of Dutch retailer Phone House.

 

On the left is the HTC Ignite, an entry-level device with a lowly 800MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 5MP camera and 3.7” LCD display; on the right, the HTC Prime, which shares similar specs to the Ignite, but adds a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. At the top end, HTC plans to roll out a new flagship handset known as Eternity, with a huge 4.7” SLCD display, and is expected to have a 1.5GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 16GB of storage, and 8MP rear and 1.3MP front cameras, as revealed by German site HTCinside.de.

On the Samsung front, in addition to the candy-bar device briefly exposed by Microsoft a few weeks ago, at least one other handset is expected to launch in September too, this one sporting a full hardware QWERTY keyboard (possibly BlackBerry-style, fixed below the display; or perhaps even a slider, in the same vein as Dell's Venue Pro).

But what about perhaps the most hotly anticipated Mango phone of them all – Nokia’s ‘Sea Ray’? Well, if Digitimes’ sources are right, Nokia’s first Windows Phone handset won’t be released in September, but will actually arrive at the company’s Nokia World 2011 conference in October.

There’s still a lot of information we don’t know about the first Windows Phone 7.5 devices, but it seems we won't have to wait too long to get all the details that we crave. But perhaps the biggest question mark of all remains over how well the new and improved Windows Phone release – and the handsets that it powers – will fare against the iPhone 5. Microsoft and its hardware partners may yet find their efforts overshadowed by the arrival of Apple’s new handset at around the same time.

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After RIM decided to charge £550 RRP for the new 9900, I'm going to be after one of these.

Don't need a 4.7" screen on my phone though.

the better twin said,
I'll have the sea ray thank you very much!

That is a nice looking phone but considering I have the HD7, with it's huge 4.3" display, I don't think I'd go for anything smaller.

I'll have the HTC Eternity thank you very much!!

I think even suggesting a comparison between iPhone and WP 7.5 sales figures is silly, iPhone is established and has a big base, WP is still in its bedding in period (remember how long Android took until 'regular' folks were onto it en mass?).

7.5 will start to turn opinions of the staff at mobile phone shops I think, this will have a knock on effect as even now a lot of them dismiss WP and even think its the same as WM in some cases.

Either way, its a long haul campaign, nothing will instantly change with sales figures, what I think will happen is as better apps are made and some critical apps 'CAN' be made due to Mango and sockets support (I'm thinking mass adotion NEEDS to attract the IM crowd and they all need ping chat/live profile etc) then more and more people will jump in, then they'll be teklling more and more people aboput it etc etc, the snowball will continue - but Mango will be the catalyst for this and not cause an instant sales jump (barring users that waited for 7.5 anyway).

duddit2 said,
I think even suggesting a comparison between iPhone and WP 7.5 sales figures is silly, iPhone is established and has a big base, WP is still in its bedding in period (remember how long Android took until 'regular' folks were onto it en mass?).

7.5 will start to turn opinions of the staff at mobile phone shops I think, this will have a knock on effect as even now a lot of them dismiss WP and even think its the same as WM in some cases.

A lot of people I talk to don't even know what a Windows Phone is. My one neighbor liked my phone (HTC HD7) and wanted to get the same one, so she went to the store and bought an HTC android by accident. Some people are clueless.

duddit2 said,
WP is still in its bedding in period (remember how long Android took until 'regular' folks were onto it en mass?).

Yeah, it was around a 14-20 months depending on your network. The first Android phone was available October 2008 on T-Mobile. By November 2009, The Motorola Droid was released catching peoples eyes. By April 2010 The Droid Incredible came out (huge sales on Verizon) and June 2010 the Evo 4G (huge sales on Sprint, number one selling phone for them too).

So if we're keeping count, it's been around 9 months for WP7. Should we check back again in 9 months you think?

shamburg said,

A lot of people I talk to don't even know what a Windows Phone is. My one neighbor liked my phone (HTC HD7) and wanted to get the same one, so she went to the store and bought an HTC android by accident. Some people are clueless.

It was the same thing at the beginning of Android though.

geoken said,

It was the same thing at the beginning of Android though.


I got news for you. People foolishly call an Android phone a Droid or an Evo. Not realizing it's a brand name and not the actual phone. Your average person doesn't know "Android" by name.

UndergroundWire said,

I got news for you. People foolishly call an Android phone a Droid or an Evo. Not realizing it's a brand name and not the actual phone. Your average person doesn't know "Android" by name.

Yeah, people see my HD7 and say; "Oh, I have an HTC <insert non-WP7 HTC handset here> too. What do you think to it?"
Then I explain that the two phones are running different OS, they look at me blankly and walk off.

But yeah, Sea Ray!

efjay said,
Wave, yeah right. One or two subpar handsets then its back to android for them. Only Nokia matters now.

One or two subpar handsets from who?

I believe with 7.5 you will see enterprises start to come back to the platform (slowly but surely), there are a good number of management and other features baked into mango that enterprises desire.

Mango is the real release. A little insulted that we were all used as beta testers this year, but I've been forgiving MS this long, now at least they are giving me a reach around....

This fall stands to be for smartphones, what christmas use to be for consoles, a huge battle. Which ever phone maker can have enough handsets on the shelf will be the falls winner. Since Apple is nearly a full 2 years behind after the release of iPhone 4, they surely need to have a huge supply ready for the fans to upgarde since they surely will be the largest buyers at the beginning.

I perosnally wont be looking in Apple's direction after my disappoint with my 1st and only iPhone i ever owned. I have always had a Windows device and only lef Windows Mobile bec of horrible hardware to run 6.1 and 6.5. Now MS has the hardware right and now the OS is right too. The OS is now "ripe' and the phones are just right for the "picking". Here's to hopeing HTC plans to release that 4.7" device with Verzion as well. And is it to big to hold to my face? YES. But that si what handsfrees are made for.

I can't wait. As Shang Tsung said in Mortal Kombat, "let the games begin"...or for that one guy who always hosts fights; "let get ready to rumblllleeeeeeeee!!!!"

I am excited about Mango but it kind of seems like the handsets will still be cheap. This Nokia phone might be the only good one but I wonder if it will ever hit US carriers. If not, Windows Phone may continue to do terrible. The only phone available to Sprint right now is crap so that makes me stick with Android.

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