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Microsoft unveils new Windows phones "Windows Phone 7"

10-12-2010 09:56 BJT

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Microsoft Corp. on Monday unveiled the first wave of handsets running Windows Phone 7, the software giant's latest mobile operating system, in an attempt to make new gains in the smartphone market.

The new Windows Phone 7 is seen at the Windows Phone 7 launch
news conference in New York October 11, 2010. (Xinhua/Reuters)

Microsoft, together with its partners, showcased a total of nine new phones that will be available this holiday season in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

AT&T, the second largest mobile carrier in the United States, announced that it will offer three new Windows phone models from HTC, LG and Samsung and the first one will be the Samsung Focus, which is scheduled to go on sale on Nov. 8.

Two other phones made by HTC and LG will be available in time for the holidays, AT&T said.

All three Windows phone from AT&T will each have a touch screen, 5-megapixel camera and a 1GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, and will be priced at about 200 U.S. dollars after a two-year service agreement and smartphone data plan.

T-mobile, the fourth largest wireless carrier in the U.S., on Monday also said that it plans to launch HTC HD7, its first Windows Phone 7 handset, in mid-November.

The HTC HD7 features a 4.3-inch touch display, which will be the largest screen available on a Windows phone in the U.S., T- mobile said.

According to Microsoft, more than 60 mobile operators in over 30 countries and regions worldwide have committed to bringing Windows phones to market.

The lineup of the new Windows phones is seen as Microsoft's boldest move to regain market share in the increasingly competitive smartphone market.

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