Microsoft has been into mobile phones scene for a while now, even though they started as early as with their invention of Windows Mobile OS, but they did not gauge the potential of market and filed to understand how important it would become until the last quarter of 2010, that is when they finally upgraded from windows mobile operating system to refreshing and robust Windows 7 OS. It was a much needed change as their main competitor Google had already started to rack big market shares in mobile operating system industry. There have always been some advantages to early starters, which in this game Google acquired. The android is getting stronger and more widely used by every coming day, leaving Windows Phone 7 behind.
Before we proceed to list of upcoming WP phones, we would like to shed light on some of interesting statistics, history and WP road map. Wp 7.5, which was released under commercial property software license, is the current and latest version! it is developed in C++ programming language, unlike Android, WP a closed source, which means the WP 7.5 and future versions will be released without the source code. Current Windows OS comes in 25 languages and supports over 100,000 mobile apps. It uses Snapdragon Qualcomm chipset, which is based on version 7 or ARM. Lastly, the MicroSoft has already started to create some buzz about their upcoming WP8 OS, which is most likely to release by the 4th quarter of 2012, please note the existing WP 7.5 and older users won’t be able to update to Wp8 as it is not backward compatible.
Upcoming WP Mobiles
So now that you have some of insightful information on WP, we shall get straight down to business and elaborate on upcoming windows phones.
Samsung Omnia M S7530
So far there are reportedly 4 new phones coming with WP7.5 and the latest in the batch is Samsung’s Omnia M. This is not the first phone by Samsung which is coming with reviving WP os, they previously released a variant of Samsung Focus earlier in May, however, this new upcoming phone is comparatively better in specs and design.
Following are some of the specs this smart gadget boasts.
- Comes in 121.6 x 64.1 x 10.5 mm dimensions.
- Boasts 119 grams weight.
- 4 to 8 GB of internal storage is allowed.
- 1 GHZ processor with 384 MB ram.
- Supports bluetooth v2.1, microUSB v2.0 & Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
- 5 MP camera supporting 2592 x 1944 pixels, Led flash & autofocus.
- VGA@30fps Video camera and simple VGA secondary camera.
- MMS, Email, Push Email, IM and threaded SMS.
- HTML5 browser support, Radio, AGPS powered.
- No Java support and comes in only Black color!
- Standard Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery.
Nokia Lumia 610 NFC
Second in the series is Nokia’s Lumia 610 NFC edition, this smartphone was announced in April, 2012 and is expected to land in markets by third quarter of 2012. Both Nokia and Microsoft are playing as tag team partners to help each others brand compete against Android and IOS to prevent them from becoming monopolies. Nokia has assured long term partnership with Microsoft and its safe to say that we will be seeing a lot of WP powered Nokia phones. Following are some of Lumia 610 NFC specs.
- Comes in 119 x 62 x 12 mm, 77.6 cc, which makes it slightly smaller in dimensions, buts till thicker and heavier than Omnia M.
- Weighs 135 grams, which is 16 grams more heavier than Omnia M.
- Shiny 5 MP camera with 2592х1944 pixels, LED flash & autofocus.
- No microSD card, but comes with 8 GB internal memory.
- 800 MHz processor supported byARM Cortex-A5 and 256 MB ram.
- MMS, Email, Push Email, IM and threaded view SMS.
- No secondary camera, but supports VGA@30fps videos.
- Lacks Java, but comes with A-GPS system and an FM Radio.
- Will be released in Black and White colors.
- Standard Li-Ion 1300 mAh (BP-3L) batters, which has 10 hours and 30 minutes talk time on 2G networks and 9 hours 30 minutes talk time on 3G.
Nokia Lumia 800c
Lumia 800 C is the next in the list, it was officially announced in first quarter of 2012, in March and is expected to release in third quarter of same year. This smartphone is made up of Polycarbonate, which is new of its kind. Polycarbonate is made up of plastic chassis, which means Lumia 800c is made up of single structure instead of bits and pieces for the frame! Following are some of its core specifications.
- 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm, 76 cc in dimensions.
- 142 grams net weight.
- Comes in Cyan & black colors. Might get more colors after release.
- 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset.
- Email, Push Email, IM, SMS and MMS messaging tools support.
- 16 GB internal storage and offers 512 MB ram!
- 802.11 b/g/n WI-FI – V2.1 Bluetooth and V2.0 microUSB features.
- 8 MP camera with 3264×2448 pixels resolution and autofocus.
- No video camera but posses 720p@30fps video camera.
- WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML5 browsers, also has Rss Feeds.
- FM Radio – A-Gps support – No Java.
- Li-Ion 1450 mAh (BV-5JW) battery, which allows 9 hours talk time on 2G and 7 hours talk time on 3G.
ZTE which is a Chinese firm with headquarters in Shenzhen and Guangdong is a hardware manufacturing company. They announced their WP powered gadget earlier this year in February. Zte Orbit is expected to make its debut in third quarter of 2012. We have compiled some of its key features, here is the list!
- Boasts touch sensitive controls.
- TFT capacitive touchscreen with 16 million colors.
- 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches display!
- Offers 4GB internal storage and massive 512 MB ram.
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi – v 3.0 bluetooth with EDER and A2DP.
- 5 MP camera with 2592 x 1944 pixels resolutions & autofocus.
- 1 GHz processor and HTML5 Browser.
- Push Email, IM, Email, SMS and MMS support.
- Comes in Black color, supports A-GPS and has FM Radio.
- Comes with standard Li-On battery, we have yet to know which exact battery model and what will be the talk time or standby time.
We would like to hear your feedback on all of the above phones!
This Post is written by Ahmed, who is a Tech enthusiastic and loves to write around mobile phone operating systems, such as Android, Windows Phone, Symbian, IOS etc on Mobile Phones. He also writes around almost all the topics, which revolve around technology.