HTC London Invite Creates Hope for a Mango Device Unveil

HTC has announced via their Facebook page that they will be holding an event on September 1st to show the world what’s next. The specifics on what will be happening at the event are not yet known, but it’s believed and rumored by many that the September 1st date coupled with the previous rumor of a Mango unveil on the same day leaves speculation that HTC might use this event to announce new Windows Phone Mango devices. Here’s the invite:

It’s been a while since we last met, so we thought that we’d invite you to come party – and most importantly see what’s next.

There will be the usual food, drinks, music and a few phone treats for you to enjoy.

It would be great to see you. If you’re planning on attending, please RSVP to let us know. Just remember that it’s an event for people over 18 and it’s on a first come, first served basis.

As ever you can always follow the conversation via our Twitter Tag: #HTCQB

Look forward to seeing you there!
HTC Team

P.S. For those who are a little camera shy, please read the terms and conditions (http://goo.gl/ZBdaX) as we will have the photographers at the event

Everything you see and hear about this being a Windows Phone event is purely speculation at this point, so don’t be surprised if nothing mango-flavoured comes from all of this, but we will be keeping a close eye out on September 1st, just in case.

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Verizon Preparing for New Mango Devices

Right now, Verizon Wireless is practically giving away HTC Trophies! As many of you know, the Trophy debuted in May as the first Windows Phone for Big Red. As of today, on its website, Verizon Wireless has dramatically dropped the price. Initially, the Trophy went for $150 after all the available rebates. Now, the online rebate has jumped from $50, to $150! Click here to visit the Verizon Wireless Trophy page.

Verizon dropping their price over 60% seems suspicious. This is quite similar to AT&T slashing the prices of the iPhone 3GS (8gb) a few months ago. Why did AT&T drop the price? Because  iPhone 5 is right around the corner. This would lead one to question, is Verizon doing the same thing? It is quite possible they are. With many sources predicting Mango to be released within a month, I would not be surprised. Either way, this is a win, win situation because  HTC Trophies are $50 (with a new contract).

Update: 8/12/11 Price on website has gone up to $100, still $50 less than the normal price.

HTC Maza Specs & Speed Revealed by User

The HTC Maza is a device that has been around for quite a while. From the exterior, it looks just like an HTC Trophy, but underneath the hood is a much stronger phone with some very nice specs. It is worth mentioning that the HTC Maza is thought to be only a dev unit and may never see an official release, but was given to some Microsoft developer contest finalists just recently and, lucky for us, they’ve released some specs and benchmarks. WPCentral caught this post over on the XDA forums. Here is what we know about the Maza running the RTM Mango build from user Cpitt:

  • GPU seems faster – using WP Benchmark, the Mazaa hit 50 FPS vs the HD7 (Mango 7712) at 23 FPS
  • Local Scout in RTM 7720 has its own Tile (edit: this is there in 7712, evidently)
  • Fishtankon the Mazaa is about 47 fps, where it’s only about 30 on the HD7
  • CDMA/GSM dual band

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specs Leak for HTC Omega Windows Phone Device

This past week protective cases for the HTC Omega and Eternity have surfaced and along with that the specs for a new HTC Windows Phone ‘Mango’ device  have leaked as well. The device is rumored to be named the HTC Omega and arrive later this year. No images have surfaced of the actual device to this point, but the specs for the Mango device are rumored to be:

  • 1.5GHz single-core MSM 8255 processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 8-megapixel camera with LED flash 
  • 720p HD video
  • 3.8 inch S-LCD display (800×480)
  • 16GB of storage

Source: Gadgetian

Windows Phone Comes to US Cellular

Windows Phone is making its way to yet another US carrier today as the HTC 7 Pro comes to US Cellular. The full qwerty sliding keyboard device will be the first to make it to the carrier with no mention of others to follow, for now. Here is the official press release:

HTC 7 Pro a Draw for Multi-taskers; Multi-media and Gaming Enthusiasts

CHICAGO (June 13, 2011) – The happiest customers in wireless have one more reason to smile. On June 14, U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) will expand its device portfolio with the addition of the HTC 7 Pro, the carrier’s first Windows 7 smartphone. The handset is available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate along with a data plan purchase.

The HTC 7 Pro is ideal for those who want to complete tasks on the go while getting their fill of entertainment too. One glance at the start screen tells you what’s going on. Animated live tiles can show pending messages and appointments, news and weather, or game and friend status all refreshed wirelessly via the Web. Users can also easily view, edit, share and sync Office® documents thanks to superior integration of familiar Office applications. Texting, e-mailing and social media updates are made easy with the HTC 7 Pro’s 3.6-inch tilted touchscreen and slide out QWERTY keyboard.

“We have the phones that our customers want to help simplify their busy lives and have fun too,” said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. “Customers who switch to U.S. Cellular also get new phones faster without having to continuously sign contracts.”

The HTC 7 Pro boasts other cool features like a digital compass, GPS and a 5.0 megapixel autofocus camera with flash. Gaming enthusiasts can score big with the Xbox LIVE® integration, while movie and music lovers will appreciate the built-in FM radio and access to NetFlix®, Zune® and thousands of other applications.

Several of U.S. Cellular’s value-packed national plans are a perfect fit for smartphone users. The $79.99 Primary Plus Plan is the best value in wireless and offers 5GB of data with unlimited text, picture and video messaging. The plan also comes with 450 voice minutes, free incoming calls, free nights and weekends and free mobile-to-mobile calls.

A family of four who switches to U.S. Cellular and joins the happiest customers in wireless can save more than $1,000 a year with the company’s Premium Plus family plan. The whole family can get the latest smartphones to download apps and keep up with friends, the latest news and favorite social networks.

U.S. Cellular has the highest call quality and network satisfaction of any national carrier, and all devices are backed by the carrier’s high-speed nationwide network. For more information about all of

U.S. Cellular’s deals, plans and phones, and other restrictions on these offers, visit any U.S. Cellular store, go to uscellular.com or check out U.S. Cellular on Facebook.

The HTC 7 Pro is available for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate. Purchase of a data plan is required, and a new two-year agreement and activation fee may apply.

Visit US Cellular’s website to check out the device.

It’s Official: HTC Trophy to Hit Verizon on May 26th

I realize that talk and leaks about Verizon’s first Windows Phone has been around for a while and rumored dates have come and gone with no device on the carrier to speak of. This time we don’t have some guy who claims to be a Verizon employee or some warehouse screen grab of a device holder. We have an official release for the HTC Trophy and it’s landing online on May 26th and in retail stores on June 2nd.

Here’s the official word from PR Newswire Business News:

“In addition to the many mobile gaming features, customers who buy an HTC Trophy before July 15 get a free Xbox 360 console game. Game enthusiasts can choose from Halo: Reach, Kinect Sports and Lode Runner — up to $60 value.”

Additional features:

  • 1 GHz Snapdragon® processor
  • WVGA 3.8-inch touchscreen
  • Surround sound through SRS WOW HDâ„¢
  • 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 720p HD video capture
  • 16 GB on-board storage
  • Wi-Fi connectivity: 802.11 b/g/n
  • Global ready – allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice and data service in more than 200 countries, with more than 125 with 3G speeds
  • HTC Hub-customization through downloadable applications that offer even more entertainment and productivity
  • View and edit Microsoft Office® documents, including Excel®, Word® and PowerPoint® with the Office Hub and data access on SharePoint® servers

Pricing and availability:

  • HTC Trophy will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com on May 26, and in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores on June 2 for $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers will receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.
  • HTC Trophy customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access and an unlimited smartphone data package is $29.99 for monthly access.
  • Verizon Wireless customers traveling outside of the United States should contact Verizon Wireless’ global customer support team at 1-800-922-0204 before embarking on their trip to ensure their phones have the right features for global usage.

There ya go Verizon customers. It’s been quite the journey, but it seems we will finally see the elusive Windows Phone device on Verizon by next week. Check out the full story with even more details here.

HTC HD7S Coming Soon to At&t

At&t’s website has broken word that the HTC HD7S will be “coming soon.” The HTC HD7 is easily one of the most popular Windows Phones and is said to have sold very well on T-Mobile’s network.

The overview lists the following:

Easily See Everything: Email, Microsoft® SharePoint® sites, and movies are crisp and clear on the HTC HD7S. Its 4.3” high-resolution Super LCD touch screen is the largest in our Windows® Phone assortment.

Get to Everything Fast: Customizable Windows Phone 7 Live Tiles and Hubs put what’s most important—Microsoft® Office Mobile, contacts, messages, photos, and more—up front. It’s all constantly updated so you see the latest information.

Capture Everything You See: Snap photos with the 5MP camera with dual LED flash and share them online. Shoot, send, and save HD video without getting low on storage. The HD7S boasts 16 GB of internal user memory.

Find Everything You Need: Location-aware Bing™ search makes discovery and decisions easy. Windows Marketplace offers over 10,000 productivity and entertainment applications to explore and download.

They Thought of Everything: A 1 GHz processor provides the HTC HD7S with optimum power and a super-smooth viewing experience. Xbox LIVE® and Zune® deliver on-the-go games, music, and movies. And with stereo headphones, the smartphone’s Dolby® Mobile surround sound and kickstand let you watch and listen hands-free.

Everything here looks pretty standard on the T-Mobile version except for the “4.3” high-resolution Super LCD touch screen.” I believe this would be the first Windows Phone to use the Super LCD technology.

Source: At&t