Windows Phone 7 Arrives: 5 Devices

Windows Phone 7 arrived today and Microsoft has already launched a site to showcase the five available smartphones that will run the new operating system. So what phones are going to be running Windows Phone 7 (WP7)? AT&T is getting the Samsung Focus, LG Quantum and HTC Surround. T-Mobile has the HTC HD7 and the Dell Venue Pro. Don’t worry, I have prepared a quick spec run through for each model so you know what to look for when these things release. Right now AT&T’s site has a “Coming Soon” banner next to each of its three new WP7 phones.

Samsung Focus

  • 4” screen at 480×800 (Super AMOLED)
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8250 processor
  • 5 MP camera with 720p HD video recording abilities
  • Windows Phone 7 and AT&T

LG Quantum

  • 3.5” screen at 480×800
  • 1 GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 5 MP camera with 720p HD video recording abilities
  • Slide-out, horizontal QWERTY keyboard
  • Windows Phone 7 and AT&T

 

HTC Surround

  • 3.8” screen at 480×800
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8250 processor
  • 5 MP camera with 720p HD video recording abilities
  • Slide-out speakers from Yamaha (Surround Sound even)
  • Windows Phone 7 and AT&T

HTC HD7

  • 4.3” screen at 480×800
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8250 processor
  • 5 MP camera with 720p HD video recording abilities
  • Windows Phone 7 and T-Mobile

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dell Venue Pro

  • 4.1” screen at 480×800
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8250 processor
  • 5 MP camera with 720p HD video recording abilities
  • Slide-out, vertical QWERTY keyboard
  • Windows Phone 7 and T-Mobile

All of these new smartphones are packing a lot of the same internals. You might notice that they all have big, 480×800 resolution screens. That is a Microsoft requirement right now for WP7. They all also have 1 GHz processors. Pulling out all the stops here are we Microsoft? If you want WP7, then your choice will be determined most by carrier, and if you want or need a real QWERTY keyboard. Look for these devices to go on sale pretty soon.

However, if you have been looking to play Angry Birds on WP7, you are in for a big disappointment. Microsoft put the Angry Birds logo on its website, presumably because Angry Birds will have a WP7 version. Right? Microsoft later pulled the logo because the Angry Birds developer—Rovio—says that no WP7 version is currently in the works and it has not been decided yet to support the platform. Microsoft used the logo without permission. Ouch. A WP7 version of Angry Birds might come eventually though. Let’s hope.

Interested in one of these new WP7 smartphones? Don’t worry, plenty more are coming too. Let me know what you think. Which one catches your eye?

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