More 'Mango' smart phones on their way

It was a second coming of sorts for Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" smart phones when two new devices were showcased Sept. 1.

The smart phones, using Microsoft's latest consumer mobile operating system, will begin coming to market sometime in October. The devices are the second unveiling from a major manufacturer -- this time HTC Corp. -- to run the Mango version of Windows Phone OS, which was released to manufacturing in late July. Fujitsu unveiled its IS12T device in Japan Aug. 24.

"The announcement of these new HTC phones is a big milestone in our march to Mango," wrote Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Windows Phone program management, in a blog post Sept. 1 about the HTC Titan and the HTC Radar.

Of the two phones that went on display at events in London, Paris, Madrid and Berlin, the flagship is the HTC Titan, which features a large 4.7-inch display. HTC bills the Titan as having its largest screen yet. By comparison, the Apple iPhone 4 has a 3.5-inch display, while the Samsung Infuse 4G, one of the larger Google Android-based devices, has a 4.5-inch display.

Radar   Titan
HTC Radar
 
HTC Titan

Aside from the 4.7-inch super LCD screen, the Titan features an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera (FFC).

"Now that these HTC phones have been formally announced, I can confirm officially that Mango does support these," Belfiore wrote of the front-facing cameras on both the Titan and the Radar.

"ISVs can build all kinds of interesting apps using the FFC. We'll have more announcements on some of the specific apps that will take advantage of this capability a little later on," Belfiore noted. One such announcement will likely be Skype-based video calling once Microsoft's acquisition closes (it is currently pending international regulatory approval).

HTC's news release about the devices also suggests that the screen size of the Titan, combined with some Mango enhancements, would make it into a more effective productivity tool than devices of the earlier Windows Phone 7 generation.

"With its expansive screen with built-in Microsoft Office Mobile, this super smart phone enables you to create, edit and collaborate quickly and easily," the Taiwanese smart-phone manufacturer's release stated. HTC also noted the smartphone's benefits of having a larger virtual keyboard space via the 4.7-inch screen, plus the coming multitasking feature that will be enabled by Mango.

HTC is positioning the HTC Radar, which has a 3.8-inch screen, as more of a consumer device for social media. Both devices will go on sale first in Europe and Asia.

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Scott Bekker is the editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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