Windows Mobile 6.5

HTC Imagio Windows Phone 6.5 for Verizon Wireless

HTC Imagio Windows Phone 6.5 for Verizon Wireless

Verizon will be one of the first carriers to launch Windows Phone 6.5 on the HTC Imagio. The HTC Imagio will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com beginning Oct. 6 and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning Oct. 20 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  The HTC Imagio feature a large 3.6” LCD touch-sensitive display with 480 x 800 WVGA resolution, 3.5-mm audio jack and five quick launch buttons, including one-touch access to multimedia capabilities.

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HTC HD2 (aka Leo) benchmarks trounce Touch HD

HTC HD2 (aka Leo) benchmarks trounce Touch HD

Windows Mobile 6.5 may not be provoking all that much interest compared to rival platforms, but one device which is certainly perking up attention is the HTC Leo, aka the HTC HD2.  Tipped to arrive in October, the 4.3-inch flagship smartphone's prize is its 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor; now one beta tester has released some benchmarking for the handset, and it's looking to be a real stormer.  The HD2 ousted HTC's Touch HD in 3D graphics performance by around 300-percent.

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Over 30 WinMo 6.5 devices by end of 2009 says Microsoft

Over 30 WinMo 6.5 devices by end of 2009 says Microsoft

Windows Mobile 6.5 may be arriving relatively late in the year - October 6th being the day pegged for the next-gen smartphone platform - but that hasn't stopped Microsoft from making some healthy predictions about how many devices there'll be on the scene by the end of the year.  According to Benjamin Tan, senior director of the GCR Mobile Team Unit at Microsoft China, more than 30 WinMo 6.5 handsets are expected to launch by the end of 2009.

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HTC’s design firm talk brand identity: more Android chin incoming

HTC’s design firm talk brand identity: more Android chin incoming

Lovers of the European HTC Hero's chin who were left disappointed with the Sprint model's stylings will be pleased to hear that the distinctive design may make a reappearance.  That's the word from Claude Zellweger, partner at the One & Co US design firm HTC acquired back in December 2008, who has been talking to Forbes about HTC's design future.  That future will seemingly lean heavily toward a design and brand identity, which gives users a "sense of coming home again" when they upgrade to another HTC device.

Acer confirm F1 October 6th launch

Acer confirm F1 October 6th launch

Acer's F1 smartphone was tipped to drop on October 6th by DigiTimes yesterday, and now the company themselves have confirmed that the 1GHz Windows Mobile handset will arrive "within weeks".  In fact, the handset will apparently arrive in time for the launch of Windows Mobile 6.5, itself expected on October 6th, and while they're being coy on full specs, they have confirmed that retailer Clove's technical run-down is accurate.

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Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 gets video unboxing

Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2 gets video unboxing

Do you know what that is?  It's a Sony Ericsson XPERIA X2, sat in front of a generic white box, yes, but it's also the first video unboxing of the upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone that we've seen.  Arne from the::unwired managed to acquire an "acceptance unit", typically supplied to carriers for final validation, which gives us a good opportunity to check out what will likely be included in retail packaging.

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Acer F1, HTC Leo coming Q4; more Snapdragon phones from ASUS & Inventec

Acer F1, HTC Leo coming Q4; more Snapdragon phones from ASUS & Inventec

The latest DigiTimes rumors are in, and this time they don't seem all that unlikely.  According to industry sources in Taiwan, Acer's F1 and HTC's Leo - both using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz chipset - will each drop in Q4 this year, complete with Windows Mobile 6.5.  They also finger ASUS and Inventec as developing Snapdragon-based smartphones, though those are unlikely to hit full-scale production until the first half of 2010.

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