The first Windows Phone running Mango releasing in August in Japan?
News coming out of Japan as reported by local news firm Nikkei, is that The Fujitsu-Toshiba phone running Windows Phone 7’s latest update (mango) is expected to be released in August. This of course directly conflicts with two things: 1 – Nokia was supposed to have the first Windows Phone device running Mango to be released, and 2 – Insider’s reports suggest that Mango is supposed to be released some time around September/October.
KDDI (au) will be releasing a new product based on Microsoft Corp. (MS) new smartphone OS “Windows Phone 7” towards the end of August. Windows Phone 7 is the first full-fledged smartphone OS from Microsoft, and the product would be the first of KDDI in Japan. Microsoft will provide free services such as cloud data storage, aiming to catch up with Google smartphone OS to the Japanese market.
New models of KDDI “IS12T” is manufactured by Fujitsu Toshiba Mobile Communications. Waterproof with a 3.7-inch LCD screen, the price is expected to be around 30000-40000 JPY (USD $380 – $505). The phone will be jointly announced with KDDI within this month.
The phone in question is the Toshiba-Fujitsu TSI12 (really? First they use the exact same phone that ran Android and just swap OS’s, and then they give it a lousy name) as pictured above, and while it does have a certain flair about it (not to mention it will be water proof and feature a 12 Mega Pixel camera) it certainly falls within the rumor department in terms of release dates.
Another quick thing to notice is that the Fujitsu Phone is packing a few new applications, that seem like they might only be for the TSI12. One is called ‘Navitime’ which suggest by the picture a Travel Guide (of timings and such) for Walking, Trains, and Cars. The other app seems to be unknown right now, but time will tell.
The phone you see above was shown off at Microsoft WPC conference this week, which you can see here. Of course, this August release could mean that it’s only being released in Japan in August, while the rest of the world will have to wait for Nokia to have their global release in September. All purely speculation for now, but one thing for sure is that Mango is coming, and coming soon.