An upcoming Fujitsu Toshiba phone is the first sport Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 update, codenamed "Mango".
The Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications company unveiled its IS12T on Wednesday, just a day after partner Microsoft announced that Mango had achieved the significant RTM (Release to Manufacturing) status -- and the same day that the company announced a “near-final release candidate” that is good enough for manufacturers to start building devices with.
The first device in question is a waterproof smartphone with a 3.7-inch screen, a 13.2-megapixel camera, a Qualcomm MSM8655 CPU (possibly 1GHz, according to Engadget), and your choice of pink, black, and what seems to be a greenish yellow. When first rumored in Nikkei, the device was given a likely price tag of 30,000 to 40,000 yen (approximately US$400 to $500). Availability is “September or beyond,” which ties in with the rumored ‘at least October’ Mango release date.
Microsoft is betting somewhat heavily on Mango to revive its disappointing showing to date in the smartphone market. Reported by CEO Steve Ballmer as having more than 500 features, Mango may be the company’s best chance to add some market share for a platform that has yet to escape single-digits even on its home turf in the United States -- a market share that even Ballmer has called “very small”.
A number of these 500 features are said to include extensive social networking and communications options built directly into the ‘home tile’-based interface, covering Windows’ own Outlook and Mail functions as well as Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook integration. Microsoft’s flagship services get plenty of center stage, with a streamlined Xbox Live Hub and copious Bing features.
Along with Fujitsu Toshiba, manufacturers Samsung, HTC, LG Electronics, and Nokia are all planning to produce Mango phones to supplement their existing Windows Phone offerings, and Microsoft even managed to talk Acer and ZTE into dipping their toes in the Mango water.
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