Windows Phone 7 Launch Handsets Revealed
Today, Microsoft announced to the world their launch line-up of phones running on Windows Phone 7 coming to North America. Additionally, service providers supporting the OS were confirmed.
In the U.S., AT&T and T-Mobile will sell three and two Windows Phone 7-ready handsets at launch. They will be the exclusive providers of Windows Phone 7 for the immediate future.
AT&T's phones include the Samsung Focus, LG Quantum, and HTC Surround. T-Mobile's phones will be the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro. For descriptions of specs, functionality, and images take a look at the official Windows Phone 7 website.
According to an IGN report, Windows Phone 7 handsets will be serviced exclusively by Telus in Canada, and they will feature the HTC Surround and the LG Optimus models.
In Europe, Windows Phone 7 will launch in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Many more popular providers will sell the devices including O2, Orange, SFR, Movistar, Deutsche Telekom AG, and Vodafone. Windows Phone 7-enabled phones will include HTC HD7, HTC Mozart, HTC Trophy, the Samsung Omnia, and the LG Optimus.
Asian and Australian providers include SingTel, Vodafone, and Telstra, selling HTC HD7, HTC Mozart, HTC Trophy, and the LG Optimus.
As previously suggested, EA is going to support the phones with a robust initial and ongoing lineup of games including Need for Speed Undercover, Tetris, The Sims 3, and Monopoly. Should the Windows Phone 7 operating system sell well, expect other developers/publishers to follow suit. This is especially likely considering the Xbox LIVE support that will accompany these phones and the less chaotic nature of the OS as compared to Google's Android.
For an in-depth look at key differences between Android and Windows Phone 7, have a read through Brian X. Chen's article in the Gadget Lab section over at Wired.
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