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HTC first to SA with Windows Phone 7 devices

The HTC Trophy is pitched at gamers

Taiwanese handset manufacturer HTC will be the first company to launch smartphones running Microsoft’s new Windows Phone 7 operating system.

HTC, whose products are distributed in SA by Leaf, will offer two handsets, the HTC 7 Mozart and the HTC 7 Trophy. The Mozart will be available on all local networks, while the Trophy is exclusive to Vodacom.

The phones will be available in early December, according to Microsoft.

No prices have been announced yet, though a Microsoft spokesman says the products will be available on contract starting at monthly subscription rates of R150/month.

The Mozart is a full touch-screen phone with 1GHz processor, 3,7-inch display and 8-megapixel camera. The Trophy has a slightly larger, 3,8-inch screen, a 5-megapixel camera and a 1GHz processor. Both devices have GPS built in and support 7,2Mbit/s downloads.

Korean manufacturers LG Electronics and Samsung will release Windows Phone 7 devices in SA early in 2011.

Microsoft officially launched Windows Phone 7 in SA on at an event in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening.

Consumers have keenly anticipated the new Microsoft operating system. Analysts have said it’s the software giant’s last chance to gain a meaningful slice of a smartphone market that is dominated by Apple, Google (with Android) and BlackBerry.  — Staff reporter, TechCentral

5 Comments

  1. like BING (But its not Google), this i think is too late in the market. Will wait for reviews but its not likely i am buying into this, after my disastrous Imate that promised the world.

  2. @nyasha Everyone said Iphone was way too late to market, Nokia, BB and MS already dominated. Then they said Android was too late, because Nokia, BB and Iphone have the market wrapped up.

    Bottom line – if it’s good, it’ll do well. There’s PLENTY space for another player to carve out a slice of the mobile market. I’ve read very little negative about WM7 – it’s certainly being received better than the early Android devices, which is a great start.

  3. Windows Mobile 7 is receiving great review, since it was launched worldwide, i have seen less criticisms. I cant wait to get my hands on WM7 device on my next upgrade….

  4. Wow. Interesting price point.

    @nyasha. The thing is that even though consumers seem to be brand loyal with cellphones, I am starting to see that some will take a chance on a new brand if it offers them a better deal. If you make a mistake then you only really have to wait 22 months to correct it. Thats not a long time and no phone will be terrible – they will only be not-so-good.

    A powerful smartphone with an 8 Megapixel camera for R150 a month will be a winner, even on price alone.

    I doubt Blackberry and Apple should be too worried but certainly Nokia should.

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