AT&T Leads the Way for Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango"
AT&T has unveiled a lineup of new Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" smartphones coming soon, and plans to upgrade existing Windows Phone 7 devices to Mango soon. With the additional devices, AT&T will have seven different Windows Phone 7 smartphones to choose from.
AT&T currently offers four different Windows Phone 7 models: HTC HD7S, HTC Surround, Samsung Focus, and LG Quantum. Now, AT&T is expanding that lineup with three new Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" smartphones--the HTC Titan, Samsung Focus S, and Samsung Focus Flash.
The HTC Titan has a massive 4.7-inch display. A couple tenths of an inch bigger and it could be a Dell tablet. It has a 1.5GHz processor, and an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. It is an impressive device, but the single core processor may be a little underwhelming to live up to the potential of the rest of the hardware.
The Samsung Focus S is the next generation of the leading Windows Phone 7 device, the Samsung Focus. The Focus S has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.4GHz processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, and it does 4G.
The Samsung Flash will be the smaller, more economical cousin of the Focus S. It has a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display, and a similar 1.4GHz processor, but the rear-facing camera is only 5-megapixels. It does have a front-facing camera as well, but there are no details available for it.
In addition to announcing new Windows Phone 7.5 smartphones on the horizon, AT&T also revealed that all of its existing Windows Phone 7 devices will be upgraded to Mango sometime this fall. Granted, fall doesn't officially begin until September 23, and doesn't end until December 22--so it may still be awhile. But, it is better than nothing and the knowledge that Mango is coming soon means that users can feel confident buying existing Windows Phone 7 smartphones.
"Our customers love Windows Phones which is why we've sold more of them than anyone else," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. "We're taking our leadership to a whole new level by getting the Mango update to all existing customers and rolling out awesome new Windows Phones."
AT&T has embraced Windows Phone 7 much more than its wireless rivals. According to Microsoft, Sprint has only the HTC Arrive, and Verizon just offers the HTC Trophy. T-Mobile has two with the HTC HD7 and the Dell Venue. Other wireless carriers will probably be announcing new Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" devices soon as well, though.