The long awaited smartphones based on Microsoft's latest operating system - Windows Phone 7.5 Mango will hit the US market this November. Microsoft will debut its Mango phones this month to compete with the new Apple iPhone 4 and the Android smartphones. Microsoft will release four new Mango-based phones just in time for Christmas so that you can gift to your friends, loved ones, or even to yourself.
Mango is an updated version of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7. It was updated to fix the drawbacks of Windows Phone 7 and now it comes with new features . Samsung Focus S, Samsung Focus Flash, HTC Radar, and HTC Titan will feature the new Mango OS. HTC Radar will be the first Mango phone among these to hit the U.S market on the first week of November. The release of the remaining three handsets will be announced at a Microsoft event on 7th November. AT&T and T-mobile also plan to make an announcement on these phones prior to the Microsoft event.
HTC Radar will be carried by T-mobile priced at $100, while Samsung Focus Flash, Samsung Focus S, and HTC Titan will be carried by AT&T. The two Samsung phones are expected to hit the shelves on 6th November but there has been no official information on the launch date of HTC Titan. AT&T announced that Samsung Focus Flash will be priced at $49.99 only while Samsung Focus S will be priced at $199.99. But in order to get the new phones based on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, customers have to sign a new two-year agreement with a minimum $15 data plan.
Ben Rudolph, Microsoft senior manager wrote, “They’re simply beautiful” about the new devices in a recent blog. David Pogue, New York Times reviewer was also all praise for the new devices based on Mango, saying, “The drawbacks column is still much shorter than the goodies column.” Pogue found the home page interface simple and clean. He also liked the voice activated apps and the visual and audio search integration of Bing.
Microsoft Windows Phone President, Andy Lees will present the Mango phones on 7th November at the launch conference. At a recent conference in Asia, Lee said that Apple took ideas from Microsoft on its recent iPhone update such as the Twitter integration and the ability to take pictures when the screen is locked.
Microsoft has also high hopes on its partnership with Nokia and it is depending on it to boost the sale of Windows Phone. Nokia phones based on Microsoft Mango will hit the US market only in the early 2012.
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