Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash run Mango, in focus
Samsung’s unveiled two new Windows Phone Mango handsets, one of which has an ace processor and huge screen. Click for more juicy details.
Joe has been writing about consumer tech for nearly seven years now, but his liking for all things shiny goes back to the Gameboy he received aged eight (and that he still plays on at family gatherings, much to the annoyance of his parents). His pride and joy is an Infocus projector, whose 80-inch picture elevates movie nights to a whole new level.
If you weren’t too sure about Windows Phone 7 as an operating system, maybe these two new Samsung handsets will help sway you.
The Samsung Focus S is a heavyweight contender, boasting a huge 4.3-inch screen, and a super-quick 1.4GHz processor. And that 4.3-incher? It’s a Super AMOLED, the likes of which we're expecting on the Google Nexus Prime. On imaging duties, the Focus S has an 8-megapixel camera on the back.
Despite these high-end specs, the Focus S is just 8.55mm thick. That’s thinner than an iPhone 4.
The Focus Flash, meanwhile, is a slightly lower end model, though it still sounds impressive. It has a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, so everything should still be stunningly bright and clear, the same 1.4GHz processor, and a 5-megapixel camera on the back.
The two handsets join the Samsung Omnia 7 (pictured), Samsung’s first Windows Phone 7 handset, announced back in October last year. They’re US only at the moment we’re afraid, so no news yet if they’ll join the HTC Titan and HTC Radar in the British WP7 Mango party.
Mango promises to add more than 500 new features, including multi-tasking, messages focussed on people instead of apps (showing you updates, texts, emails et al from the same person in one place, rather than hunting around all different programs), and a combined inbox brings together emails from all your accounts in one place. Speech-to-text features are also said to be in abundance.
Last week the boss of chipmaker Nvidia said that Windows Phone apps could run on Windows 8, Microsoft’s next desktop operating system, opening up all sorts of cross-platform opportunities.
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