Windows Phone 7 launch events rumored for late August, ASUS device leak, and more

We’ve had confirmation that Windows Phone 7 (WP7) is launching in the next two-three months, and every day we’re hearing rumors relating to the types of devices that we’re going to see and which manufacturing partners will be releasing these handsets at launch. Now, Neowin has been tipped off that Microsoft Australia will be holding a launch event for WP7 in late August, and presumably other Microsoft subsidiaries will be holding events at the same time. We’re trying to get official confirmation on this (and maybe invites), so until then it’s remaining in the rumor pile.

What we can tell you is that WP7 information, product shots, FCC/Wi-Fi/SIG filings are appearing all over the place. Here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that’s been floating around over the last few days:

Snapshots

The unnamed ASUS WP7 device. Image taken from a now deleted Twitter account.

Filings and certifications

  • 6 August: Samsung "Cetus" FCC filing (Engadget)
  • 6 August: HTC FCC filing (Engadget
  • 7 August: HTC Wi-Fi certifications for four WP7 devices (WMPoweruser.com)

Development news

  • 6 August: Developers not happy about emulator and SDK limitations (WMExperts.com

We’ll let you know as more news comes our way, but until then why not check out the latest videos of WP7 games in action over at YouTube?

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Is it actually confirmed that all first gen WP7 phones will have a physical keyboard? I don't really like those.
On the other hand, i don't want to wait for the second gen to get a WP7 phone...

MFH said,
Is it actually confirmed that all first gen WP7 phones will have a physical keyboard? I don't really like those.
On the other hand, i don't want to wait for the second gen to get a WP7 phone...

No, minimum requirements:
- 256 MB RAM (or 512 MB, i am not sure at this point) or more
- 1 Ghz Snapdragon or similar (Samsung Hummbingbird) or better
- 8GB internal storage or more
- Home Button, Search Button, Back Button, Volume Up, Volume Down, Camera Button, Power On/Off Button.
- DirectX 9 capable GPU

Optional
- Hardware-Keyboard
- Additional Buttons (Phone Button for example)

Electric Jolt said,
Who said all Windows Phone 7 phones would have physical keyboards? Several phones will not have physical keyboards...

Think I read on neowin that the first 5 devices - what I meant with "first gen" - are equiped with physical keyboards...

MFH said,

Think I read on neowin that the first 5 devices - what I meant with "first gen" - are equiped with physical keyboards...

Yes, I read that on neowin, but I couldn't find the source - and I don't think it's true.

Are these phone going to need to hold them in a special way? Because I don't want anybody to tell me that I am holding it the wrong way.

kiouji said,
Are these phone going to need to hold them in a special way? Because I don't want anybody to tell me that I am holding it the wrong way.

Don't worry, Apple will be sure to find that Windows Phone 7 devices have antenna issues.

August is when the final tools will come for the developer kit that's all. It's when the OS will be finished. This is great because that makes it much easier for the WP7 dev team to work on getting an update out before Christmas.

It's nice to see that we have a wide range of manufacturers coming out to build wide array of devices for us at launch. Hopefully it's a sign of how good it'll be.

I completely disagree, I think this phone looks rather plain while being very durable. I like it. It's like the bottom is brushed metal. Reminds me of the ASUS prototype. I enjoy it very much. I'd rather have that then everybody who contributed to me having the phone in my hand on the phone including at&t's branding, Windows Phone branding, and ASUS branding...

I dont mind it but I still want to see what HTC has got...not sure why these guys are still holding out on us but apparently they will be launching a cpl of WP7 devices so thats good.

thats not ugly, but remember its said powered by asus, means its microsoft phone coming from asus parts, the real phone maybe totally different. also i think the look of it resembles most asus laptops.

atifsh said,
thats not ugly, but remember its said powered by asus, means its microsoft phone coming from asus parts, the real phone maybe totally different. also i think the look of it resembles most asus laptops.

Asus puts "Powered by Asus" on all of their devices. It's their slogan/catch phrase, whatever. It looks very bland to me but very business like and solid judging by the pic.

Billus said,

Asus puts "Powered by Asus" on all of their devices. It's their slogan/catch phrase, whatever. It looks very bland to me but very business like and solid judging by the pic.


Not all of them - the Eee series carries no logo or whatsoever of ASUS...

MFH said,

Not all of them - the Eee series carries no logo or whatsoever of ASUS...

My Eee, has an ASUS logo on the bottom, and as the Boot splash screen.

I think this phone would've looked a bit better if the windows button was a touch button as well.

SharpGreen said,

My Eee, has an ASUS logo on the bottom, and as the Boot splash screen.

I think this phone would've looked a bit better if the windows button was a touch button as well.


Really? Mine (EEE 1000H) doesn't, seems they had them before this model (means also before the 901) or just started adding it later...
On the one Hand it would be nice to have the Windows button touch enabled, on the other hand it could be perfectly suited for wron input...

Drunken Beard said,
Omg, the ASUS must definitely be up there with the ugliest phones ever released

I dont think its that bad... Its nice, basic and looks durable...

I would have gone a touch button for the windows logo but yeah...

brent3000 said,

I dont think its that bad... Its nice, basic and looks durable...

I would have gone a touch button for the windows logo but yeah...


I think it looks nice - are "back" and "bing" touch buttons?

Drunken Beard said,
Omg, the ASUS must definitely be up there with the ugliest phones ever released

I love it! Especially the brushed metal look.

Drunken Beard said,
Omg, the ASUS must definitely be up there with the ugliest phones ever released

Why because its missing an Apple logo? I think it looks just fine and how can anyone judge based off that one photo. I can send you the same thing of my iPhone, the grease and scratches would show up nice in that glaring flash.

Looking forward to Windows Phone 7.

smooth3006 said,

it's dog ugly..just like the UI.


My i ask what phone you have? Or would you preffer a black finish?

UI's can be changed and from what people say its not final still so dont judge a book by an unreleased cover

brent3000 said,

UI's can be changed and from what people say its not final still so dont judge a book by an unreleased cover

Now that you reminded them that it's unreleased they'll be chanting "vaporware!"