Well…..all good things to those who wait. The latest WP7 Team Blog by MS in the States has confirmed a massive coup for the forthcoming Mango release (days away?). AT&T have now been confirmed by MS as being one of the FIRST carriers worldwide to go live with Mango updates. After the debacle of the NoDo release, with the seeming eternity Samsung WP7 owners spent waiting for their update, it appears all may be forgiven with Mango….
The Windows Blog just updated states:
“AT&T said they will carry three brand new Windows Phones this year including the HTC TITAN, the Samsung Focus™ S and the Samsung Focus™ Flash.
The HTC TITAN was unveiled to the world last week as a global phone and we are excited to share that that an exclusive version of this device will make its way to the U.S. at AT&T. If you missed the post on the TITAN last week go check it out. It features a giant 4.7-inch display which makes movies, music and gaming incredible. It also includes front and rear facing cameras for video chats with friends and family. The AT&T version will be unique, but we’ll have to keep you in suspense for a while longer on what it looks like and final specs.
The Samsung Focus™ S takes the success of the original Focus to the next level with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1.4 GHz processor, 4G speeds and a super thin profile. It also includes front and rear facing cameras to capture a moment or connect with friends.
The third phone in the lineup is the Samsung Focus™ Flash. The Focus Flash is a great pocket phone with a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, but still packs a speedy 1.4 GHz processor. This phone is great for people looking for a high performance phone at a value packed price.
Look for more information on these great phones in the near future as we march to launch!”
And over at AT&T, their media announcement confirms:
“AT&T will be among the first to offer the Windows Phone Mango update to its leading portfolio of Windows Phones this fall. Current Windows Phones from AT&T include:
- HTC HD7S™
- HTC Surround™
- LG Quantum™
- Samsung Focus™”
- AT&T*, the U.S. leader in Windows® Phones, announced plans to add new Windows Phones running Windows Phone 7.5, code-named “Mango”, and update its current portfolio.
- New 4G Windows Phones in the fourth quarter include products from HTC and Samsung.
- AT&T sells more Windows Phones than any other carrier.
- AT&T will be among the first carriers to start updating existing phones and all Windows Phones already sold by AT&T will receive the Windows Phone 7.5 update this fall.
The Leader in Windows Phones
Outselling all other carriers, AT&T is the clear leader in Windows Phones. Offering the broadest portfolio of Windows Phones today, AT&T will build upon that success with three new 4G devices, two from Samsung and one from HTC. In addition AT&T will be among the first carriers to deliver the Mango update to existing Windows Phone 7 customers this fall.
Samsung Focus S
The Samsung Focus™ S builds on the success of the award-winning and highest selling Windows Phone in the U.S., the Samsung Focus™. Featuring a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.4GHz processor, 4G-capable speeds and a thin profile at 8.55 millimeters. It includes front facing 1.3-megapixel and a rear facing 8-megapixel cameras. The Samsung Focus S will find its way into a lot of pockets this fall.
Debuting as the largest screen in AT&T’s smartphone portfolio at 4.7 inches, HTC TITAN™ fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Watch video from AT&T U-Verse Mobile or play Xbox LIVE® games on the largest screen yet for a Windows Phone. Running a 1.5 GHz processor and an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, HTC TITAN will feed the senses.
Samsung Focus Flash
Designed to hit the market packed with value, Samsung Focus™ Flash’s 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen will both fit in pockets and be light on pocketbooks with the full power of Windows Phone 7.5 inside. As fast and lightweight as it is compact, it runs a 1.4 GHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera plus front facing camera”
Well – nice work AT&T! The new Samsung handsets combined with the HTC Titan makes for a formidable line-up to take WP7 Mango to the masses stateside!
Can’t wait to see some videos and more info on what may very well be my next WP7 handset – the Samsung Focus S – Building on excellence!!!
———– UPDATE ————-
Be sure to check out my latest Editorial BUILDing (sry Pun!) on this announcement – where I ask TELSTRA to match the AT&T service committment – and discuss the ghosts of NoDo past, Mango sweetness and reveal the ironic side of Microsoft’s NoDo update in one final glance back!
WP7 Team Blog: HERE
AT&T Media announcement: HERE