We saw some leaked images of the LG Fantasty recently, a phone long in the making and which passed the FCC earlier in 2011 with CDMA bands. The phone appeared over at XDA and while there is not a lot of info on the device, here is what we know:
4″ IPS display
1GHz second generation CPU, scoring 85.7 on WP Bench (similar to HTC Radar)
8GB of internal storage
1.3MP front-facing camera; Rear camera (5MP?)
The device is very light
Three front capacitive buttons
No word if this will see the light of day anywhere–perhaps LG took too long and no carriers will pick it up? Either way, reader Brian has thrown together some high res, detailed mockups for us to compensate for those less-than-spectacular leaked images. While not a top-tier phone, it doesn’t look too bad for a mid-range device and that IPS screen has us intrigued.
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We first caught wind of the LG LS831 the last week of August when it made an appearance on WP Bench and I’m A WP7, but we didn’t know anything about it. Well, this mystery phone has just made it past the FCC and it looks like it’s a CDMA phone with WP7.5 on it. The LS831 was tested in the Baltimore area and could be coming to Sprint or Verizon in the near future. It has also popped up on WP Bench again:
It’s good to see some handsets slated for the CDMA carriers, as it looked like Windows Phone was being shown much love.
Source: BlogOfMobile; Via: Nanapho
Speaking of 2nd generation hardware, another Samsung device running Windows Phone “Mango” seems to be in development (see earlier Galaxy SII rumor). Found via the Samsung UA profile (looking at the HTML code) we can see the device name “GT-i8350″ and that it’s running Internet Explorer 9.0 which of course means “Mango”.
Other devices specs are slim: 800×480 WVGA screen (AMOLED, no doubt).
So, what exactly are we looking at there? NanaPho seems to think it’s the follow up to the Omnia 7, which makes sense, but being details are so vague, no one really knows at this point. But it should come as no surprise that Samsung has other devices in the works.
Still unknown, however, is the Samsung GT-i8703, which sounds like a CDMA-variant of the Omnia 7.
Source: Samsung; via NanaPho
One thing that is always difficult to keep up on is HTC’s various model names for what are often very similar phones. The reasons are obvious though: GSM, CDMA, LTE, WiMax and carrier requests all resort in slightly varying devices.
Now, some new UAProfs (user agent profiles) have appeared that lend credence to alternate names for the Omega and Eternity, two upcoming Windows Phone Mango devices expected to be announced on September 1st (yeah, we’ll be there).
Frist up is the HTC Omega aka the white Windows Phone which was leaded yesterday. That device’s name may actually be the HTC Radar C110e (it’s always tough to know which is the code name and which is the brand name, but Radar may be the brand name, oddly enough).
Like wise, the Eternity is probably going to be the Titan X310e–which interestingly was the name of a quite famous Windows Mobile phone. Other than that, there’s not too much that’s new outside of we’re getting real close to getting all the details.
Source: Blog of Mobile!; via NanaPho
For those familiar with CDMA handsets, you’ll remember the old “PRL” (preferred roaming list) and “Network Profile” options. It took a few years to get direct OS support for it (Anyone remember calling Sprint to get your PRL update “flagged”? Yeesh), but we did with later versions of Windows Mobile.
So it’s nice to know that in Windows Phone 7, part of the CDMA integration that came with the ‘NoDo’ update on the Sprint Arrive was PRL and Network Profile support. To update them, simply go to Settings –> System –> Carrier and scroll to the bottom. There you can just tap either/or and it will walk you through the update, which takes about 30 seconds.
You can later check your PRL version under Settings –> System –> About –> More info, under PRL-ID (mine is currently v60677). For those wondering what any of this is, your PRL is a list of towers that the phone looks to for roaming and in some cases, data connections. From Wikipedia:
On many networks, regularly updating the PRL is advised if the subscriber uses the device outside the home area frequently, particularly if they do so in multiple different areas. This allows the phone to choose the best roaming carriers, particularly “roaming partners” with whom the home carrier has a cost-saving roaming agreement, rather than using non-affiliated carriers. PRL files can also be used to identify home networks along with roaming partners, thus making the PRL an actual list that determines the total coverage of the subscriber, both home and roaming coverage.
So, if you roam, it helps to have the latest version on board. Meanwhile, the Network Profile is good if you ever run into connectivity issues with the CDMA network, as on occasion, though rare, your profile may get corrupted.
In the world of mobile phone technologies changing from one device to another usually brings excitement. Getting a new device with more memory, faster CPU/GPU, better cameras, newer and faster radios is so thrilling. Other times it can bring the same immense excitement mixed in with the feeling of wanting to throw up. If you fall into the latter camp, it’s probably because you are switching OS platforms and a devote technophile. That is where I am currently at … the week before a new device launch and I am planning to switch OS camps. This time around is the HTC Arrive for Sprint which is the first Windows Phone 7 device for CDMA networks; you might know the GSM variant, the HTC 7 Pro, with slide-out keyboard and all.
This isn’t my first (or last) switch from phone OS’s. I’ve gone from PalmOS to Windows Mobile (2003 all the way to 6.5) to Blackberry, to webOS, to Android and, to iOS. All of these in no particular order and on several occasions more than once. This time feels different to me than previous changes. When I wanted to switch from Palm to Windows Mobile, it was because of the lack of multitasking and Wi-Fi support. From Windows Mobile to webOS, it was the lack of pretty and notifications. From webOS to Android, it was… well it was a lot (credit goes to Palm/HP for making round two three more interesting). So, why am I making the switch now and why the sudden urge to expunge my Jolt Cola and beef jerky?
The rest after the break…
I could easily say that I am happy with my HTC Evo running Android and let’s face it, a stock HTC Evo is a great device. Even then, I always take it one step further and dabble in custom ROMs with flashing and tweaking settings (the nerd in me can’t resist); this allows me to have the latest and greatest that Google has to offer for current generation devices like the Nexus S. I’m still not making a convincing argument for switching, am I? Then I’ll get to the point… Android has never been pretty. Never. Nope. It’s downright meh as a matter of fact. Metro UI is a beautiful design that I want to get to know. There is something pretty and oh-so-dreamy about the transitional movement that appeals to my brain. But, I’ve been burned on a move like this before (i.e. webOS is gorgeous but lacked functionality with early adoption; some could even argue it still is without major patching). Android also lacks decent music support for me. Sure it has Slacker and Pandora! They can get janky with the multitasking while listening to those applications (webOS has that market cornered, if you’ve ever heard the PalmCast over at sister site www.precentral.net, you’ll know I’m a fan of GPS & Slacker integration over Bluetooth in the car). The Zune Pass integration might give webOS a run for the money but it’ll have a lot to prove.
Now, here I am, going from one OS with multitasking, a decent notification system, insanely good Google services, and a wealth of developer support (commercial and developmental) to an OS with “zero” multitasking (let’s face it, there is no quick app switching, though it’s coming with ‘Mango’ in the Fall), a notification system that needs some work, Google services that are passable with tweaking, and a fairly new core of developers (but with heavy hitters on the commercial side). And so, this is where my stomach churn occurs. I can watch YouTube video and YouTube video, read article after article, and talk to friend after friend on the Pro’s and Con’s of Windows Phone 7… and I still won’t know I’ve made the right switch until I’ve actually gone through with it.
Although Windows Phone 7 coverage at CES 2011 has been a bust (more on that later) a CDMA verion of the HTC Trophy has run its way through the FCC guantlet. There was no direct mention of the “Trophy” name; however, a nearly identical model number to the European version of the Trophy was mentioned in the docs (PC40200 vs PC40100). The device was also granted approval through the WiFi Alliance using the same certificate as HTC’s Mozart and Surround.
As previously reported, Verizon is intending to release a WP7 Trophy in early 2011. While it is unclear when exactly “early” refers to, this FCC approval means it’s on the horizon. Our bet? Latest: end of February.
Source: FCC; via: PocketNow
Microsoft insider and author of Windows Phone Secrets Paul Thurrott has revealed some additional details about some of the Windows Phone 7 updates we can expect in 2011. We’ve discussed several of the rumors that have been floating around, and Thurrott confirms much of what we’ve been hearing.
The first update, rumored to be announced tomorrow night at the opening keynote at CES in Las Vegas, is entitled “NoDo” (No Donuts) reportedly in response to Android 1.6 (Donut). Thurrott reports that NoDo will RTM in January, with consumers seeing the update in the early February timeframe, after testing by carriers. NoDo will have copy and paste, CDMA support, and supports Qualcomm’s 7×30 chipset.
Thurrott also confirms what we’ve been hearing about Mango, which has been termed a “Major” update to Windows Phone 7. Mango should see HTML5 and Silverlight support within the browser, also bits of the Trident 5 rendering engine contained within Internet Explorer 9. Referred to within Microsoft as the “entertainment” branch, Mango is something we will definitely be looking forward to.
From a scheduling standpoint, Thurrott makes it clear that we should expect more updates between NoDo and Mango, though he doesn’t go into additional detail.
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