Acer Unveils Its First WP7 Phone – Allegro

Acer has quietly announced a new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango running handset, the Allegro. The Allegro is the first ever Windows Phone handset from the company.

This mid-range handset is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255T single-core processor, and packs 512MB of RAM along with 8GB of internal memory. The front of the handset is dominated by the 3.6-inch LCD with WVGA (480×800) resolution. At the back of the Allegro is a 5MP snapper aided by an LED flash. The phone lacks a front-facing camera though.

All the usual connectivity features like Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS and HSPA are also on-board. Sensors like Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Ambient Light sensor etc. are also present. The handset will be powered by a  measly  1300mAh battery.

The Allegro will hit the shelves in France in mid-November, and will be priced at around  â‚¬299. The handset will be available in black and white colors.At its current price point, the Allegro is a direct competitor to Nokia’s recently announced Lumia 710. The Lumia is slightly costlier than the Allegro, but offers a bigger screen, faster processor and comes with a microSD card slot as well.

Hopefully, unlike their Android handsets, Acer will meet with some success with their WP7 phones.

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Nokia Lumia 710 Announced; Mid-Range Windows Phone Mango Running Handset!

Along with the Lumia 800, Nokia also announced a mid-range value-for-money Windows Phone Mango running handset, the Lumia 710.

Internally, the Lumia 710 is similar to its elder bother the Lumia 800. It’s powered by the same 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and Adreno 205 GPU.Externally, the handset is mainly made of plastic, and sports a 3.7-inch ClearBlack display with WVGA (480×800) resolution. The back cover of the phone is also swappable.

At the back of the Lumia 710 is a 5MP camera accompanied by an LED flash. Other key features of the handset include GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi b/g/n, micro SIM, and the usual connectivity options along with a bunch of sensors. The Lumia has 8GB of internal memory, and also comes with a microSD card slot, which is a rare sight among WP7 handsets. The handset will also offer users access to Nokia Drive, Nokia Music and Nokia Store, which will remain a Nokia phone exclusive.

The Lumia 710 is powered by a 1300mAh battery, and is capable of providing up to 6 hours of non-stop video playback. The handset will be available in a bunch of colors, and will hit the retail stores of India, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of this year. It will be launched in other markets in early 2012. The Lumia 710 is expected to cost around 260 Euros before taxes and subsidies.

Nokia Lumia 800 Announced; Run Of the Mill WP7.5 Phone!

The highly anticipated Nokia Event just ended, and the Finnish giant announced a couple of new WP7.5 Mango powered handsets. The WP7.5 range of handsets from Nokia will be released under the Lumia brand.

The Lumia 800 is the high-end WP7.5 running phone announced by Nokia. The handset sports a 3.7-inch AMOLED display with ClearBlack Display and a curved glass having a resolution of WVGA (480×8000). The handset is made of polycarbonate, and will be available in some bold colors like Cyan and Magenta, along with black.

Like all other Windows Phone 7 phone, a single core processor from Qualcomm clocked at 1.4GHz powers the Lumia 800, which is accompanied by an Adreno 205 GPU.

The 800 comes with 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of on-board storage, which cannot be increased because the phone lacks a microSD card slot. Nokia makes up for it though by offering 25GB of free storage space on Microsoft’s cloud based storage – SkyDrive.  Other key features of the handset include Wi-Fi b/g/n, HSDPA (Up to 14.4Mbps), Bluetooth 2.1, micro SIM, dual-microphones and a bunch of sensors.

At the back of the Lumia 800 is an 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics. The handset is also capable of recording and playing back 720p HD videos. Sadly, the handset lacks a front-facing camera. The Lumia 800 will also come with Nokia Maps, Music and Store pre-loaded, which will remain an exclusive to Nokia’s Windows Phone powered handsets.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is powered by a 1450mAh battery, and Nokia quotes a battery life of up to 335 hours on standby.  The handset will cost around 420 Euros before taxes and shipping. The handset will be available in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K in November, and will launch later this year in India, Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” Update Rolling Out Now

Microsoft has finally started rolling out its much-anticipated WP7.5 Mango update, for the first generation WP7 based phones.

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Majority of the WP7 (98%) will be getting the update in the next 4 weeks. Owners of HTC Surround, LG Quantum and Samsung Focus v1.3 will get the update within a month. However, owners of HD7S will need to wait a bit more since the WP7.5 Mango update for their handset is still under scheduling, while the update for the Focus (v1.4) is under testing.

Sadly, there is no confirmation whether the Dell Venue Pro will get the update or not. Microsoft also does not mention anything about the European version of the Focus, the Omnia 7.  Right now, the Mango update for the handset is still under planning. WP7 owners can check out the global Mango roll-out schedule from here.

The Wp7.5 Mango update brings many new and much-needed features to the Windows Phone Platform including Multi-tasking, front-facing camera support, Xbox Live Integration, better Social networking integration, Music search and much more. Overall, the Mango update brings more than 500 new features to existing WP7 handsets!

Once the Mango update hits a user’s phone, they need to connect their handset to a PC and fire up Zune Software for PC app, and head to the Update Central section to update the phone. Mac owners need to use Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac for the same purpose.

Samsung Focus Flash Announced; Mango Update Coming To AT&T’s WP7 Handsets This Fall

Along with the Samsung Focus S, AT&T and Samsung also announced the Focus Flash. The Focus Flash is a smaller and cheaper sibling of the Focus S. The Focus Flash comes with a 3.7-inch Super-AMOLED screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution.

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Like the Focus S, the Focus Flash is also powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon (MSM8255T) processor, along with an Adreno 205 GPU and 512MB of RAM. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera, with a VGA camera in the front accompanying it.

The Focus Flash will run on the latest version of Windows Phone a.k.a WP7.5, which is also known as Mango. The press release from AT&T does not mention anything whether the Focus Flash will support its upcoming 4G network or not. AT&T  did not mention anything about the internal memory capacity of the Flash as well.

Along with the Focus S and Focus Flash, AT&T also announced that it will be among the first operators to roll out the WP7.5 a.k.a Mango update for its current-gen WP7 based phones like HTC Surround, HD7S and the Samsung Focus. The Mango update will be hit these devices sometime in fall.

The Focus Flash will be available sometime in Q4 this year.

Samsung Focus S Announced; Sports a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED+ Display

Samsung and AT&T have just announced the Focus S, the successor to one of their first Windows Phone 7 based phone, the Focus.

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The Focus S continues the trend of manufacturers releasing a mildly updated version of a handset, and naming it xxx S. HTC started this trend with the Desire S and Incredible S, and Sony Ericsson continued the trend with the Xperia Arc S, and now Samsung is following on their footsteps.

The Focus S is among the slimmest WP7/WP7.5 Mango based phone around, with a slim waistline of 8.55mm.

The Focus S is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon (MSM8255T) processor and an Adreno 205 GPU, and packs 512MB of RAM. The original Super-AMOLED screen on the Focus has also been upgraded to a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Plus screen. The resolution of the camera at the back of the phone has been bumped to 8MP, and there is a 1.3MP camera in the front as well.

The press release from AT&T also states that the Focus S will be capable of 4G speeds, but does not mention anything whether it’s the so-called 4G (HSDPA+) network, or the real’ upcoming 4G LTE network from AT&T.

The Focus S will hit the States under the AT&T’s network, sometime in fall.

HTC Radar Announced; Runs on Windows Phone Mango

HTC have just announced a couple of Windows Phone Mango phones at their on-going event in London. Firstly, the company  announced the much more portable, Radar. The handset comes with a 3.8-inch S-LCD screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution.

The Radar is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, while an Adreno 205 GPU handles the GPU department. The handset has 512MB of RAM on-board, along with 8GB of internal storage, of which only 6.54GB is available to the end-user. Since, WP7.5 Mango does not support microSD card slots, the extremely low internal memory is going to be a concern for many future Radar owners.

Other than this, the Radar features the usual run-of-the-mill Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, 3G/HSDPA support, and a bunch of sensors. Like the Titan, the Radar also comes with a decent camera, albeit with a lower resolution. At the back of the Radar is a 5MP camera with F2.2 lens, accompanied by an LED flash. There is also a VGA camera in the front. The phone is also capable of playing back and recording 720p HD videos.

Like the Titan, the Radar runs on the latest version of Windows Phone, Mango. Beside the improved SoC and cameras, the Radar is just another run-of-the-mill handset. Most of the caveats of the first generation WP7 phones like the lack of full HD video recording, no display resolution higher than WVGA, and no microSD card slot still remain.

HTC did not announce anything about the availability and pricing of the Radar.

HTC Titan Announced; Sports a 4.7-inch S-LCD Screen!

Along with the HTC Radar, the Taiwanese company also announced a giant Windows Phone Mango based phone, the Titan. The Titan sports a 4.7-inch screen, with a disappointing WVGA (480×800) resolution screen. Like all other recent HTC handsets, the Titan also has a unibody aluminium design.

The handset is powered by a 1.5GHz single core processor from Snapdragon, and comes with 512MB of RAM and 16GB of on-board memory. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, and sensors like Gyroscope, Proximity sensor and Ambient light sensors are also present.

The back of the HTC Titan sports an 8MP camera with a t/2.2 aperture, accompanied by dual-LED flash. The Titan is among the first Windows Phone to sport a front-facing camera. The handset is also capable of recording and playing back 720p HD videos.

Except for a faster processor and an improved GPU, the Titan is just another run-of-the-mill Windows Phone. The only major difference is that the handset runs on Mango right out of the box, while other WP7 handsets will get the update sometime this month.

Overall, the Titan lacks a lot of features, which is now a common place in the Android smartphone world, including HDMI out, microSD card slot, FM radio and 1080p video recording.

While the improved 8MP camera on the back and a front-facing camera in the front is a welcome addition, a dual-core processor and/or more internal memory would have been highly appreciated by Windows Phone users.