Microsoft MIX10 is a conference for mobile devs that’s taking place right now in Las Vegas. The company’s upcoming Windows Phone 7 mobile operating systems has been garnering a lot of headlines and yesterday a few handsets sporting the new OS were shown off.
Handsets from Acer, LG and Samsung were shown and it was Samsung’s offering that interested me the most… mainly because it appears to be almost identical to the Samsung i8910 Omnia HD. Yes, Samsung has slightly changed the front three hardware buttons, but apart from that it looks identical to me.
Microsoft is dictating hardware requirements for WinPho7 that means handsets must meet/exceed them to qualify for use. These specs are as follows:
* 800×480 screen (320×480 to follow)
* 256MB RAM, 8GB flash storage
* 4-point multi-touch
* ARMv7 Cortex/Scorpion or better
* DirectX9 support by GPU
* Codec acceleration (probably on GPU via DirectX)
* 5 megapixel camera with flash and separate camera button
* Three hard buttons: Start, Search, and Back
* GPS, accelerometer, compass, light and proximity sensors
So it seems that Samsung will have to change a few things under the hood but apart from that it seems as if it will be closely based on the i8910 HD. However, Samsung may just be showing this as a prototype device and final hardware may look a lot different, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Personally, I wish Samsung released an i8910 HD with Android instead…
Update: Samsung is blaming Microsoft for the ‘hacked’ WP7 i8910 HD: “The launch was from Microsoft, not Samsung, and they used the i8910HD to demo Windows 7,” said a Samsung spokesperson. “It’s not yet clear whether existing i8910HD users will be able to upgrade to Windows 7 as this demo was a one-off.” [TechRadar]