The day has come, dear readers! Microsoft, at their Windows Phone 7 launch event, has officiallyannounced all the things we’ve wanted to know about WP7 since its original public unveiling in Barcelona.
Let’s start with High-Tech Computers…
- 7 Surround: A 3.8” with a slideout speaker. You’ve got standard WP7 internals along with Dolby Mobile and SRS Surround Sound tech which AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vegasays “you just have to hear”. It will cost 199$ and will available on AT&T and Telus.
- 7 Trophy: A 3.8” smartphone. The little brother to the more luxurious 7 Mozart (see below). It will be exclusive in countries where Vodafone is available.
- HD7: Yes! The true successor to the HD2 is now official. Internals are standard WP7. But you’ve got a nice 4.3” screen. It will be available on T-Mobile, O2, Telstra, Movistar, Bougues Telecom and a variety of careers in Italy.
- 7 Mozart: A 3.7” smartphone. Compared to the Trophy’s 5MP camera + LED flash, the Trophy offers an 8MP snapper with Xenon flash. Exclusive to Orange in specific countries.
- 7 Pro: A QWERTY slider+tilter headed for Sprint 2011.
(Trophy and Mozart are not coming to US)
Then we have Samsung…
Two phones were announced.
- Omnia 7: A 4” Super AMOLED coming to AT&T at 199$
- Focus: Another 4” Super AMOLED but this one is slated for Europe only. It will be carried by Orange, SFR, Movistar and T-Mobile in Europe.
Dell has a 4.1” portrait QWERTY slider called Venue Pro that will be exclusive to T-Mobile in US at launch. It is pictured below:
And lastly, you’ve got LG’s Optimus 7 (3.8”) and Quantum (3.5”; exclusive to AT&T). Both can be seen in the picture below (Optimus on left, Quantum [known as Optimus 7Q outside US] on right)
Other News from Launch Event
“Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience – one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a ‘glance and go’ format.” – Ballmer
By glance-able information, Ballmer is referring to WP7’s Live Tiles that act like widgets on the homescreen. Xbox Live Hub is also a big BIG WP7 feature. You’ve also got the Metro UI which focuses on typography and negative space; this is how next-gen UIs should look like! Other than that, there’s the full Microsoft Office Mobile suite of software, full Zune compatibility, Bing Search and Maps, Windows Live. [via Engadget]