WP7: First Mango phone announced by Fujitsu-Toshiba

The first ever Windows Phone device to run Mango out of the box was announced today – the Fujitsu-Toshiba IS12T. The device which has long been suspected to be released today was officially announced at a press event in Japan soon after we heard that Mango had officially hit Release to Manufacturing.

The IS12T boasts a 3.7 inch LCD screen, 1.5 GHz processor and a generous 32 gigabytes of storage. What makes it a little different to previous Windows Phone 7 handsets (any many in the market) is that it is also waterproof and dustproof.

The president of Microsoft Japan claimed that currently, the phone will be the world’s first Mango device. When later asked what his first impressions of Windows Phone were he replied it was a "daunting first day impression." However he then tested the people hub and said "bit by bit you become [more] comfortable". He went on to say after using a Windows Phone device for some time, "The feeling then was it was the future of smartphones."

Windows Phone 7 OS "Mango" is expected to be available on new and retail devices in September. Mango brings over 500 new features to the platform, including IE9 with HTML5 support, mulititasking, OS-wide IM integration, Twitter + Facebook integration, and more. Mango also brings support to new markets, including Russia, Brazil and Japan.

The device doesn’t come with a front facing camera which many expected to see with the release of Mango devices, however there are still many more phones expected to be unveiled later this year.

Image credit: Engadget

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Great start for Mango! The only thing I don't quite like is that huge gap between the standard buttons and the screen at the bottom.

skinnypig said,
Great start for Mango! The only thing I don't quite like is that huge gap between the standard buttons and the screen at the bottom.

ya i find that weird too!

i am an iPhone fan. And can say for sure i would love to give these WP7 phones a test any day. Also i don´t know why in the world people want to have ****ty front cameras.
Now, Waterproof and dust proof, WOW, i was wanting something like it a long ago, but i can say my iphone is surviving very well to have almost a year with me.

iguanas said,
i am an iPhone fan. And can say for sure i would love to give these WP7 phones a test any day. Also i don´t know why in the world people want to have ****ty front cameras.
Now, Waterproof and dust proof, WOW, i was wanting something like it a long ago, but i can say my iphone is surviving very well to have almost a year with me.

One reason people like front-facing cameras is because it is then easier to take pictures of oneself. They don't want "****ty" cameras though; a decent front-facing camera.

From the pictures, it looks meh.
I'm not changing my LG Optimus 7 in the near future, but I think we will see better Mango phones from HTC, LG or Samsung in the coming months. Oh, and Nokia with its first handsets.

carson2255 said,
I must say I am impressed, if nokia doesnt release something competitive I might just pick up this little bundle of joy.
Seriously. A 13 MP camera? It really does not say much about the sensor or the lens, but that at least sounds impressive. I wonder if it will give Nokia's (rumored 8 MP) camera a run for its money in terms of quality. I have my doubts, but competition is always good!

pickypg said,
I wonder if it will give Nokia's (rumored 8 MP) camera a run for its money in terms of quality. I have my doubts, but competition is always good!

MPs in those tiny cameras don't account to much. That is just a marketing number, the lens in front of that chip won't even be able to resolve that. There is so much more to image quality than MP.

pickypg said,
Seriously. A 13 MP camera? It really does not say much about the sensor or the lens, but that at least sounds impressive. I wonder if it will give Nokia's (rumored 8 MP) camera a run for its money in terms of quality. I have my doubts, but competition is always good!

The thing is are those real 13MP or is it a 8 MP camera that uses software interpolation to reach the 13MP? This info makes a ton of a difference on photo quality.

dodgetigger said,

MPs in those tiny cameras don't account to much. That is just a marketing number, the lens in front of that chip won't even be able to resolve that. There is so much more to image quality than MP.

+1000 !!! Thanks, this MP scam reminds me the processor speed of the "90s.

Is there any plans for dual-core processer phones? looks like both the android Samsaung Galaxy S 2 and the iphone 5 (according to some rumours I read some where) will be having it. I wounder if anything will be released next year or maybe this year that includes it?

deep1234 said,
Is there any plans for dual-core processer phones? looks like both the android Samsaung Galaxy S 2 and the iphone 5 (according to some rumours I read some where) will be having it. I wounder if anything will be released next year or maybe this year that includes it?
I mentioned this elsewhere, but if the phone performs just as well, if not better than other phones, then why does it matter? After all, the current iPhone 4's single core processor is clocked at 800 MHz. You don't see that holding it back, do you? If the iPhone 5 does have a dual processor--and it will probably will--then it will be to simplify their manufacturing to reuse the iPad 2's chip, likely at a lower clock speed to reserve power.

Just for reference, the dual core A5, in the iPad 2, is clocked at 1 GHz. Again, it's not exactly being held back by that, nor was the original iPad's A4 chip.

deep1234 said,
Is there any plans for dual-core processer phones? looks like both the android Samsaung Galaxy S 2 and the iphone 5 (according to some rumours I read some where) will be having it. I wounder if anything will be released next year or maybe this year that includes it?

I imagine it's on the way, though WP7 doesn't really need it like Android does... I'm sure it's coming though.

M_Lyons10 said,

I imagine it's on the way, though WP7 doesn't really need it like Android does... I'm sure it's coming though.

Pff. Why wait for dual core? Bring on the Quad Core! Come on I want a phone that has 4G, Bluetooth, etc... but I have to turn off all the fancy features just to make it last 1 hour. http://www.1800pocketpc.com/20...-to-online-influencers.html

As Picky stated -- you just need a phone that works well. Comparing Specs between iOS, WP7 and Android is stupid. It isn't the same software -- so it performs differently.

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, those are pretty ugly colors IMO...

They may look better on the phone, but if those colours are real, we may be getting more options, or a colour chooser on the phone.

Then again they could be carrier or OEM colours only.

martinDTanderson said,
Are the yellowy green and grey tile colours confirmed?

The tile colours are clearly set initially to match the colour of the phone itself, as you can see from the third photo. I'd imaging these are customisable though.

TCLN Ryster said,

The tile colours are clearly set initially to match the colour of the phone itself, as you can see from the third photo. I'd imaging these are customisable though.

All WP7 phones can change the colors, what people are asking for is a bigger selection of colors. I would like to see, white, grey, black and more shades of the colors there already are.

day2die said,
The article forgot to mention that the IS12T has a 13.2 megapixel camera.

Whoa... That's quite the spec to leave out...