The question on everyone's mind is whether Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system will deliver what the company needs to re-energize its presence in the ultracompetitive and constantly changing mobile marketplace. At a press event in New York today, Microsoft announced nine smartphones from four manufacturers that will carry the Windows Phone 7 OS. We've got photos of seven of 'em, and will add the Samsung Omnia 7 and the LG Optimus 7 when we have them.
The Dell Venue Pro is Dell's only offering of the bunch. All Windows Phone 7 handsets come with a capacitive touch screen, a 1GHz processor, and three navigation keys below. The Dell Venue Pro also includes a slide-up keyboard. It will come to T-Mobile USA.
We don't know much about the HTC 7 Mozart right now, but from what we can tell, the phone is typical HTC with rounded corners and a sleek body. The Mozart will be available in Europe on the Orange network and in Australia on Telstra.
The HTC Surround is one of three Windows Phones coming to the U.S. before the holiday season. It has a 3.8-inch touch screen, a 5-megapixel camera, and 16GB of internal memory. It also has two Dolby Mobile surround-sound speakers that slide up, and a kickstand. You can also pick it up in Canada on Telus.
The LG Quantum is another Windows Phone 7 handset destined for the U.S. on AT&T. Like the Surround and the Samsung Focus, it will cost $199.99 and has a 5-megapixel camera. It supports DLNA through the Play To app preloaded on the device. Outside of the United States it will be called the LG Optimus 7Q.
LG's Optimus 7 has many if the same features as the Quantum, including the 5-megapixel camera and the Play To app. Yet, it lacks the physical keyboard for a slimmer design. You'll be able to get it in Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Singapore.
The Omnia 7 has a 4-inch super AMOLED display, a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera with HD video recording, a digital music player, an FM radio, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. It's headed to carriers in Europe.