Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” devices – What to expect this holiday season?

By damaster | In Featured, Mobile | Posted October 11, 2011

Windows Phone 7.5So the Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” OS is out of the door, planned to be made available to 98% of existing Windows Phone devices within the next month. But what about the hardware side? What are the new Windows Phone 7.5 devices coming this holiday season? Well over the past couple of months, we have seen several official announcements from the new Windows Phone OEM partners – starting from the Acer Allegro and ZTE Tania to the release of Fujitsu IS12T in Japan. The existing partners haven’t been silent either, with announcements coming from HTC, Samsung and LG showing off their next generation Windows Phone 7.5 devices.

However, different from last year when all first-generation Windows Phone 7 devices were announced on the same day, this year Microsoft has left it to the individual OEMs and carriers to announce their Windows Phone products. This made it difficult for consumers to keep track of what devices are / will be out there. So to help you keep track of your next Windows Phone 7.5 device, we decided to compile a list of every Windows Phone 7.5 device we know will be coming.

Confirmed devices

All of these devices have been officially announced, either by the OEMs or individual carriers. Click on the device name to learn more about the device.

HTC TITAN HTC TITAN Screen: 4.7” S-LCD
Processor: 1.5 GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM, 16GB storage
Camera: 8 MP (Main) / 1.3 MP (Front)

Release: October 2011

  Radar HTC Radar Screen: 3.8” S-LCD
Processor: 1 GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM, 8GB storage
Camera: 5 MP (Main) / VGA (Front)

Release: October 2011

Samsung Focus S Samsung Focus S Screen: 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus
Processor: 1.4 GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM
Camera: 8 MP (Main) / 1.3 MP (Front)

Release:
November 2011
  Omnia W / Focus Flash Samsung Omnia W Screen: 3.7” Super AMOLED
Processor: 1.4 GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM, 8GB storage
Camera: 5 MP (Main) / VGA (Front)

Release:
November 2011
LG Jil Sander E906 LG E906 Jil Sander Screen: 3.8” TFT
Processor: 1.0 GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM, 16 GB storage 
Camera: 5 MP (Main)

Release: October 7, 2011

Acer Allegro W4 Acer W4 Screen: 3.6” TFT
Processor: 1.0 GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM, 8GB storage
Camera: 5 MP (Main)

Release: November 2011

ZTE Tania ZTE Spirit Screen: 4.3” TFT
Processor: 1.0 GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM, 4GB storage
Camera: 5 MP (Main)

Release: Q4 2011

Fujitsu IS12T Fujitsu IS12T Screen: 3.7” TFT
Processor: 1.0 GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM, 32GB storage
Camera: 13.2 MP (Main)

Release: August 25, 2011

Unconfirmed devices

All of these devices have yet to be announced, and the specifications listed below are based on leaks around the internet. These are subject to change and may differ from the actual products. We’ll be updating this list when we learn more about each device.

Nokia Ace No Image Screen: 4.3” AMOLED CBD
Processor: 1.4 GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM, 16 GB storage
Camera: 8 MP Carl-Zeiss (Main)

Release: Q1 2012

  Sea Ray / 800 Nokia Sea Ray Screen: 3.7” AMOLED CBD
Processor: 1.4 GHz
Memory: 512MB RAM, 16 GB storage
Camera: 8 MP Carl-Zeiss (Main)

Release: November 2011

  Sabre / 703 Noka 703 Screen: 3.7” LCD CBD
Processor: 1.4 GHz          
Memory: 512MB RAM, 8GB storage
Camera: 5 MP (Main)

Release: Unknown

LG Fantasy LG Fantasy Screen: Unknown
Processor: Unknown
Memory: Unknown
Camera: Unknown

Release: Q4 2011

Of course, with Nokia on-board, we’re expecting a flow of devices coming in 2012, breaking away from the yearly cycle of new devices. In fact, Andy Lees, President of the Windows Phone Division, confirmed that more Windows Phones with dual-core processors and LTE support will be coming as part of this “Mango” season. Here’s what he said during an interview with Seattle Times:

What’s interesting with this release, instead of all the phones coming out on the same day, there will be a season that will carry on into the next year that will include LTE phones as well.

Also with the upcoming “Tango” updates said to be focused on developing countries, we might also see manufacturers like ZTE releasing devices targeting the lower-end of the market in 2012, possibly even under the $100 mark, according to Lees. We learnt that Lees will be speaking at the AsiaD conference to be held between October 19-21 in Hong Kong, and according to Ina Fried, he might have “more to say” about the next update of Windows Phone.

If you’re thinking of getting a new Windows Phone this holiday season, which one would you buy out of all the devices listed above? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 2:00 am