Microsoft Windows Phone 7 launched today worldwide, together with six Windows Phone handsets from HTC, LG, Dell and Samsung which are destined for the UK.
Under the banner ‘a different kind of phone’ Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, unveiled both the Windows Phone 7 operating system and a range of handsets running the new mobile operating system.
Windows Phone 7 takes on Google’s Android mobile phone operating system and iOS – the operating system of Apple’s iPhone, iPod and iPad range.
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Windows Phone 7 handsets
Microsoft has set a standard minimum specification for Windows Phone 7 handsets, and most of the handsets unveiled today don’t differ widely from this.
Windows Phone 7’s minimum requirements include a 4-point multi-touch screen with a WVGA (800×480 pixel) resolution, a 1GHz processor, 256MB or Ram, 8GB of flash memory, and a 5Mp camera with flash. Other obligatory features include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor and assisted GPS (A-GPS). Finally, all Windows Phone 7 handsets must have an FM radio and six dedicated hardware buttons.
Handsets announced so far include the LG Optimus 7, Dell Venue Pro, Samsung Omnia 7 and three phones from HTC (pictured above) – the HTC HD7, HTC 7 Trophy and HTC 7 Mozart. All these handsets are expected in the UK from 21 October 2010.
The HTC HD7 will be exclusive to O2, the HTC 7 Trophy only available on Vodafone, and the HTC 7 Mozart offered on just the Orange network.
Windows Phone 7 handsets will also be able to take advantage of integrated gaming courtesy of X-box Live gaming, together with the Microsoft Zune music download service. We’ll bring you further details of these services in First Look video reviews soon.
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