Today is a big day for current and potential Verizon Wireless subscribers — the nation’s top carrier is tossing new smartphones around willy nilly and launching not one, two or three, but four brand new drool-worthy devices. First up is Sony Ericsson’s highly anticipated gaming Goliath, the Xperia PLAY. The PLAY features a 4-inch WVGA display, Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, a slide-out dedicated gaming controller and a $199.99 price tagt. The LG Revolution is also clear for takeoff today, and it features a 4.3-inch touchscreen, Android 2.2 Froyo, Samsung’s TouchWiz UI and last but certainly not least, a blazing fast 4G LTE radio. At $249.99 it’s the priciest phone Verizon is launching today, but LTE is more than worth the $50 premium as long as you’re happy carrying an extra battery or five. Motorola’s DROID X2 is launching today as well, and it sports a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4.3-inch display with qHD resolution and a surprisingly slim body, all for $199.99. Finally, Verizon’s HTC Trophy is the carrier’s first Windows Phone, featuring a 3.8-inch WVGA display, a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture support, 16GB of internal storage and global roaming capabilities. It’s definitely a good value at $149.99 but with next-generation Windows Phones set to launch alongside Mango, a two-year contract is a tough sell right now.
Verizon hasn’t announced the HTC Trophy just yet, but there have been enough leaks that the carrier may as well just take the wraps off of its first Windows Phone. We’ve already seen a Verizon-branded version of the device in leaked images, and it was spotted on Best Buy’s website early last month. Now the Trophy has popped up on Best Buy’s website yet again, and this time you can add it to your cart for $599 without a contract. That price could be filler for now, though, so we’d sit tight for Verizon Wireless to make this official. To sweeten the rumors even further, Microsoft currently has a “free exclusive Verizon HTC Trophy Theme” available on its website for Xbox 360 users. Yep, we’re placing bets this takes off before Endeavor does. More →
If you were planning to buy a smartphone from Verizon Wireless soon, you may want to hold off for one more month. It looks like there are a number of high-end smartphones that are set to launch this spring; at least, according to a tipster who leaked an internal document to Phandroid. The leak suggests that Verizon Wireless will release the Casio Commando, an Android powered smartphone, and the Samsung DROID Charge — capable of running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network — on April 7th. The next week, Verizon Wireless will purportedly launch the Sony Xperia PLAY and the Windows 7-powered HTC Trophy. On April 28th, the HTC DROID Incredible 2 may also make its debut. Verizon Wireless’ other 4G phones, including the LG Revolution, Motorola BIONIC, Motorola DROID X2, and Samsung Galaxy 2 (presumably the Galaxy S 2), and are reportedly scheduled to launch in May. Again, this is all speculation, and given that the source’s Excel file looks a bit shoddy, we wouldn’t place too much stock in this… but the timing does make sense. More →
Enthusiast blog wpcentral reported on Wednesday some new details surrounding what should eventually become Verizon Wireless’ first Windows Phone 7 device. Photographs of the phone obtained by the site reveal a few interesting tidbits, namely the apparent presence of both CDMA and GSM radios. We also get our first glimpse of Verizon’s My Verizon Mobile app for Windows Phone 7, which looks to shy away from Microsoft’s Metro UI in favor of a more typical layout. Finally, an image of highlighted text reaffirms the obvious — the Trophy is equipped with Microsoft’s first major software update for Windows Phone 7, which is a requirement for CDMA phones to function. Initial rumors pointed to a Trophy release in late March on the Verizon Wireless network, but wpcentral now reports that the phone might not launch until June. More →
The gang over at Engadget have acquired an image of a Verizon-branded, Windows Phone 7 handset — the HTC Trophy to be exact — in the wild. The site’s tipster notes that the phone has indeed been injected with Microsoft’s “NoDo” software update, providing copy and paste functionality. Rumors peg the Trophy for a late March release on Big Red and, if the aforementioned report is correct, you could be hubbing, copying, cutting, and pasting on VZW in the next thirty days. More →
According to information acquired by WinRumors, Verizon Wireless will begin to sell Windows Phone handsets towards the end of March. Citing “people familiar with the company’s plans,” the blog goes on to note that the HTC 7 Trophy — the same CDMA, WP7 handset to be carried by Sprint — could be announced as early as February 28th. The device will have Microsoft’s “NoDo” update (also known as the copy and paste update) and should retail for $199.99 with a signed two-year contract. Any Big Red patrons out there waiting on a Windows Phone set? More →
It wasn’t included among the stockpile of devices Verizon Wireless announced Thursday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but Verizon may have another exciting new device in store. As we now know, Microsoft will soon release a software update for its Windows Phone 7 platform that will bring CDMA compatibility to the platform. The update is due to become available later this month and following its arrival, HTC’s Trophy may be the first Windows Phone 7-packing device headed to Big Red. Known as the HTC 7 Trophy outside the U.S., a new version of the Trophy with CDMA radios passed through the FCC recently. Based on previous rumors, the sleek smartphone is headed for Verizon Wireless as opposed to Sprint. We still have a few days of CES left for Verizon to make make this puppy official but even if the carrier opts to stay focused on 4G devices, we could certainly still see the Trophy launch very soon. Mobile World Congress, perhaps? More →
If you’re committed — contractually or voluntarily — to U.S. cellular carrier Verizon Wireless, and have been feeling a little left out of all the Windows Phone 7 fun, listen up. New intel gathered by Engadget tips the HTC Trophy WP7 set on Verizon for an “early 2011″ launch. The device will sport a 3.8-inch WVGA, capacitive touch screen display along with Wi-Fi b/g/n, 16GB storage, Bluetooth 2.1, and a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. The device is also a “world phone” and contains a quad-band GSM radio.
The info comes courtesy of the above flyer offering pre-orders of the device — for $199 — to Microsoft employees. What do you think? More →
Are you still reeling from last week’s Windows Phone 7 press event? Ballmer and Co. announced a staggering 10 handsets (and counting) right out of the gate, sporting their latest mobile OS. HTC, Samsung, Dell, LG among others, have pledged their alliance and announced handsets that will grace the world’s stage over the coming months. We have simplified things for our discerning readers, hit the jump for BGR’s definitive guide to Windows Phone 7 hardware. More →
HTC said that it was going to make Windows Phone 7 a major part of its device lineup… and they weren’t kidding. The manufacturer has just announced five devices, in various flavors, that will be available around the globe in the near future. As HTC writes:
HTC 7 Surround
Whether it be gaming, movies or music, HTC 7 Surround is the ultimate multimedia device. With a unique slide-out speaker and integrated kickstand with integrated Dolby Mobile™ and SRS WOW HD™, the HTC 7 Surround delivers high-fidelity audio and virtual surround sound that enable people to share their favorite music and videos with their friends in style. No longer are they forced to use headphones for a great surround sound experience because the HTC 7 Surround speaker makes the listening experience natural and comfortable.
HTC 7 Mozart
Crafted from a single piece of anodized aluminum, the HTC 7 Mozart feels great in the hand and takes HTC’s unibody design aesthetic to the next level. The slim, solid and smart HTC 7 Mozart sounds as good as it looks and integrates Dolby Mobile™ and SRS WOW HD™ for high-fidelity, virtual surround sound. With Microsoft Zune integration, people can synchronize the HTC 7 Mozart with their PC, enabling them to take their music and video library with them wherever they go.
HTC 7 Trophy
HTC 7 Trophy harnesses the power of Xbox LIVE. Gamers will enjoy the speed and responsiveness of fast action gameplay supported by the phone’s high-performance 1GHz Snapdragon processor, and controlled through the vivid WVGA 3.8″ touchscreen. High-fidelity, virtual surround sound – through SRS WOW HD™ – brings a rich audio experience whether the user is playing a game, watching a video or listening to their favorite music.
HTC 7 Pro
The development of the HTC 7 Pro was inspired by power users who want to combine the ultimate in business efficiency with the ability to take full advantage of their leisure time. The sleek handset slides opens and tilts to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard for fast, comfortable typing, while productivity features such as the ability to sort, scan and manage Outlook email, open and edit the latest Office documents on the phone and keep track of the markets with HTC’s stocks application, offer new ways to maximize the business day.
HTC HD7 owners can enjoy their favorite videos and movies in cinematic-style thanks to the large 4.3″ high-resolution screen, while its kickstand allows them to sit back and enjoy the action handsfree. For those who refuse to compromise on their mobile gaming experience, the HTC HD7 realizes the power of Xbox LIVE, bringing gameplay to life in a way that takes console gaming beyond the home.
Hit the jump to check out the availability for all the devices. More →
If you live and die by HTC, you might be very excited to know that the company’s portfolio for the first half of 2010 has been leaked online. HTC’s portfolio was presented in Vienna back in October in a global meeting, and now it’s available for us to see. The phones are broken down by category: Design, Performance, Social and Productivity (can’t a phone be two or more?). Lined up are a number of Windows Mobile 6.5 devices and Android devices, so we hope you’re sitting down for this one. Hit the break to see how the phones are broken down by category and to see some images of the devices themselves!