Samsung Apollo handsets to land later this year
Rumours hint at Galaxy maker's Windows Phone 8 plans
Published: 16 April, 2012
Reports have emerged lately that Samsung is planning to reveal three new Windows Phone handsets later this year and there's more evidence this week to back up the claims. The latest news comes from Chinese website ePrice which refers to an interview with Samsung where a representative of its Taiwanese branch claims that handsets running Windows Phone 8 are going to be landing in the second half of the year.
Given that there's evidence Samsung is preparing a new Windows 7.5 handset it's possible that two of the new Windows Phones could be running the newest version of the OS later this year.
Of course the news is Taiwan specific but it's a good indication that Samsung is planning a Windows Phone push later this year following a quiet year for handsets made by the company running Microsoft's OS. Specs are a mystery at the moment though hopefully Samsung has something more exciting than it's last two Windows Phone offerings, the Focus S and the Focus Flash, up its sleeve.
While Windows Phone is still not taking the world by storm it's hard to imagine how a handset-maker could do better than Nokia's Lumia which deliver a combination of decent hardware, that doesn't try to wow consumers with high numbers and multiple cores, and pricing which is spot-on. Given Samsung's considerable success with Android though it's not hard to see why it has put Windows Phone on the back-burner.
As exciting as Windows Phone 8 sounds, which is set to go hand in hand with Windows 8, any handset running it probably won't be released until at least October. However before then Samsung is expected to release a new Windows Phone 7.5 device currently known as the Mandel. Again little is know for certain about it other than that it's going to have a resolution of 800x480 and will boast LTE connectivity.