Windows Phone 7 launch dates leak
Event invites fuel rumours
Amazon's German division has posted a page for LG's upcoming Windows Phone 7 offering, the Optimus 7, and given us a few sparse details about the device.
The handset, also known as the E900, will have a 3.5in touchscreen, a 5Mp camera and a GPS pick-up.
It will cost €499 (£424) to buy, undoubtedly SIM-free.
More will surely be released early next month as Microsoft gears up to release its new OS. It has already begun inviting hacks to gatherings in London and New York on 11 October, which some pundits believe will be Windows Phone 7's big day.
Others claim to have been told by Microsoft that the event is about something else entirely.
Handset maker HTC is having a bash in Taipei on 7 October which is also tempting to see as its WP7 coming out party - Windows 7, 7 October, geddit?!?
In any case, some rumours point to a 21 October release date, whether the OS is launched on 7 or 11 October. Microsoft actually announced the OS back in February at Mobile World Congress. ®
Too little, too late
Sorry MS, why not get Windows working properly first?
Did anyone else read that as
"Windows Phone 7 launches data leak"
Maybe I'm reading the headlines from a few months hence...
Can I order the Optimus using Amazon Prime?
Too little, too late?
Windows Phone 7, really who cares?
There was a time that HTC Windows Mobile phones were the power user smartphone of choice. Highly configurable, with loads of software, to achieve oodles of high end enterprise integration. Unfortunately the phone bits were never very good (in fact the Diamonds that I bought for our company were possibly the worst professional decision I've ever made in my career).
Windows mobile has been left trailing in the dust by the iphone and android in the consumer space and the better power management and resilience of the symbian communicators (E72 etc) and the integrated enterprise goodness of the blackberry's - despite nicking all the best hardware early from HTC.
So they've decided to make mobile 7 pretty like apple (we all know how they are likely to fare on that battleground), and reduce the high levels of configurability and customisation of the old windows mobile (about the best thing the platform had going for it).
For what? where will it sit in the marketplace? More expensive than android, but less flexible. A pretty competitor to iphone, but without the market share and fanbois.
The HTC HD7 looks quite good actually. I might consider as my contract is up soon!