The highly anticipated new mobile operating system (OS) from Microsoft, Windows Phone 7, gets its official debut today, and AT&T is wasting no time in getting in on the action. The United States carrier will have three handsets out before the holidays to satisfy any one’s desire to give this next generation system a go.
While it seems that Windows Phone 7 has been with us for some time now due to all the advanced coverage, the official launch of the new OS wasn’t until today in New York City. The first phones will launch in Europe on Oct. 21st, and the handsets will land state side on Nov. 8th, but carriers are wasting no time in letting consumers know what they can expect. AT&T is especially excited about its first three phones it will have on offer from HTC, LG and Samsung.
“These devices – quite literally – are game changers, and we are delighted to bring them to our customers,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “It’s a perfect match – phones that re-define gaming and entertainment, riding a network that assures customers a high-speed experience.”
“AT&T has long been a leader in the smartphone market, and we’re pleased that the powerful, new experiences in Windows Phone 7 will debut on a very fast and reliable mobile broadband network,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “With Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has taken the most engaging and useful experiences across the company and delivered them in a single point of focus and value for customers nationwide.”
- HTC Surround – premiers as the first smartphone to include integrated Dolby Mobile and SRS surround sound speakers. The HTC Surround speakers slide-out and reveal a kickstand for watching video beneath its 3.8-inch touch screen. HTC Surround blurs the line between home and mobile entertainment, making games, music and video on the go more enjoyable than ever.
- LG Quantum – designed for work, play and everything in between. With a slide-out keyboard for quick use of Office Mobile, users can stay active and up to date with work. The LG Quantum also features DLNA technology through a preloaded application called Play To, which allows users to wirelessly stream videos, music, and pictures from the phone to a DLNA-enabled TV, stereo, Windows 7 PC and other consumer electronics devices.
- Samsung Focus – debuts as AT&T’s thinnest Windows Phone and offers a visually stunning experience with a Super AMOLED screen on a sleek 9.9 mm-thin touch screen phone. With the Focus’ amazingly crisp, brilliant screen, photos, games and videos come alive.
The Samsung Focus will be the first out of the gate on Nov. 8th with the other two following sometime before the holidays.
All three phones will be running 1 GHz Snapdragon processors, and will sell for $199.99 after a two-year contract. There will also be some offers for trials of Zune, a free Xbox Live Arcade game that users can download through the end of the year and more.
You can read more about the phones and OS at www.att.com/windowsphone.
What say you? Interested in any of the first AT&T Windows Phone 7 handsets?