If you hadn't already guessed, Windows Phone 7 is fast approaching. Not only have further "source familiar" with the launch schedule tipped Neowin to an October 21st worldwide launch event - as well as an October 11th NYC "open house" to show off some of the devices - a couple of leaked HTC Mondrian adverts were spotted by WMPoweruser.
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After a leaked Windows Phone 7 ROM hit the internet over the weekend, developers have been digging through the contents to try and eke out any new details on the platform that Microsoft - or their hardware partners - may have been trying to hold back. First to pop up is this image, indicated in the ROM as the HTC Mondrian, and winkled out by xda-developers member Fd035.
There are also some tipped specifications, including a 4.3-inch WVGA Optrex display and other specifications roughly in-line with the HTC HD2. Where it differs significantly is in the processor: according to the ROM, the phone uses a Qualcomm QSD8650A or QSD8650B SoC, which supports both CDMA and GSM networks and has a new, faster 1.3GHz "Scorpion" core.
Samsung's Omnia 7 - aka the GT-i8700 - has shown up in over 13 minutes of video demo, giving us yet another preview of what Microsoft would prefer we didn't see until next week. MobilityDigest uploaded the video of the Windows Phone 7 handset, running through the usual array of homescreen Hubs, the Microsoft Office integration and more.
We're at the start of another week, and it's already seen a huge announcement. Let's see if the rest of the week can keep up with the momentum put out today. In news from around the Web, Segway's boss passed away today. After that, we'll take a look around the R3 Media Network, and see what's been happening. Welcome to the Monday edition of The Daily Slash.
Microsoft UK has officially confirmed an October 11th event, and while there's unsurprisingly no mention of Windows Phone 7, the coincidence with previous rumors regarding the new smartphone OS' launch are too big to avoid. Although the WP7 handsets themselves aren't expected to go on sale in Europe until October 21st, we've heard several rumors in the past few months regarding an earlier launch event featuring all of the UK carriers.
It's looking more and more likely that Windows Phone 7 won't be arriving in the US until early November, unlike the expected October debut in Europe. After speculation over the weekend that Microsoft is planning a WP7 launch party in New York City on October 11th, Paul Thurrott has chimed in with word from his own "very reliable source" that in fact the company expects to debut Windows Phone 7 in the US on November 8th 2010.