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Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 7 with 9 Handsets [All You Need to Know]

Microsoft has officially launched Windows Phone 7 at public event in Barcelona. Windows Phone 7 is not something related to Windows OS. It's a next generation Windows Mobile OS which was unveiled by Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer in his 2010 Mobile World Congress keynote. At mega event in Barcelona, Microsoft unveiled nine WP7 handsets which would be available in selected European and Asian markets on 21st Oct and others market including US in early November.

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Let's have a glance at history of Microsoft's Windows Mobile OS. Nearly 10 years ago, Microsoft launched its operating system for mobile phones named "Windows Mobile". WM was dominant in smartphone arena till Apple's iPhone arrived and revolutionized the smartphones concept, followed by Google's Android platform. Microsoft tried to catchup by bringing updated version of WM named Windows Mobile 6.5 but it still didn't have what it takes to stay in competition with emerging breed of smartphones.

Microsoft finally understood that it has to let go of its traditional mobile OS philosophy and they need to embrace a new mobile OS with a different concept. So they brought "Windows Mobile 7" into play, a simple and smart touch screen UI, integrated with an OS to bring Microsoft services including Xbox Live, Bing, Apps and social networks including Facebook and Twitter right to your finger tap!

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Coming back to release of WP7 handsets, Microsoft selected HTC, Dell, LG and Samsung to deliver WP7 based handsets. These handsets will be available in 30 countries on around 60 cellular operators this year. Let's have a look at the handsets.

HTC

HTC introduced five WP7 smartphones. 7 Mozart, Surround / 7 Surround, 7 Pro, 7 Trophy and HD7. Phone specifications are mentioned below:

htc 7 mozart

Model: 7 Mozart
CPU: 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8250
Screen: 3.7" 480 x 800
Storage: 8GB
Camera: 8MP, AF, Xenon flash, 720p

htc 7 surround

Model: Surround / 7 Surround (Mondrian / T8788)
CPU: 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8250
Screen: 3.8" 480 x 800
Storage: 16GB
Camera: 5MP, AF, LED flash, 720p

htc 7 pro

Model: 7 Pro
CPU: 1GHz
Screen: 3.8" 480 x 800
Storage: 16GB
Camera: 5MP, AF, LED flash, 720p

htc trophy

Model: 7 Trophy (Spark)
CPU: 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8250
Screen: 3.8" 480 x 800
Storage: 8GB
Camera: 5MP, AF, LED flash, 720p

htc 7 hd7

Model: HD7 (Schubert)
CPU: 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8250
Screen: 4.3" 480 x 800 LCD
Storage: 8GB / 16GB
Camera: 5MP, AF, dual- LED flash, 720p

LG

LG introduced two WP7 smartphones. Optimus 7 (E900), Quantum / Optimus 7Q (C900) and GW910. Phone specifications are mentioned below:

LG Optimus 7

Model: Optimus 7 (E900)
CPU: 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8250
Screen: 3.8" 480 x 800 LCD
Storage: 16GB
Camera: 5MP, AF, LED flash, 720 at 24fps

LG Quantum

Model: Quantum / Optimus 7Q (C900)
CPU: 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8250
Screen: 3.5" 480 x 800
Storage: 16GB
Camera: 5MP, 720p

LG GW910

Model: GW910
CPU: Not confirmed
Screen: Not confirmed
Storage: Not Confirmed
Camera: 5MP, flash

DELL

DELL introduced one smartphone named Venue Pro (Lightning). Phone specifications are mentioned below:

Dell Venue Pro

Model: Venue Pro (Lightning)
CPU: 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8250
Screen: 4.1" 480 x 800 AMOLED
Storage: 8GB
Camera: 5MP, AF, flash, 720p

SAMSUNG

SAMSUNG introduced two smartphones Focus (Cetus / i917) and Omnia 7 (i8700). Phone specifications are mentioned below:

Samsung Focus

Model: Focus (Cetus / i917)
CPU: 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8250
Screen: 4" 480 x 800 AMOLED
Storage: 8GB (microSD expansion up to 32GB by factory)
Camera: 5MP, LED flash, 720p

Model: Omnia 7 (i8700)
CPU: 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8250
Screen: 4" 480 x 800 Super AMOLED
Storage: 8GB
Camera: 5MP, LED flash, 720p at 25fps

So what do you think? Can WP7 beat Apple and Google in smartphone race? The launching ceremony was great and Steve Ballmer was firm to deliver a different kind of experience with WP7. Have a look at WP7 official ads.

[Images via Gizmodo]

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