Samsung Mandel Windows Phone poses for cameras
LTE handset breaks cover
Published: 4 May, 2012
LG may be taking a step back from the Windows Phone market, according to reports earlier this week, but it looks like Samsung has no intention of doing the same. Although it's been fairly quiet itself where releasing new Windows Phones are concerned, at least compared to its Android output, a new handset known as the Mandel is on the horizon and images have hit the web. The images include a real shot of its back and a press render of the front depicting a phone that is noticeably white and that includes AT&T branding.
There haven't been many leaks where the Mandel is concerned, it first appeared at the FCC in March where the bands it was given the green light on suggested it was headed to AT&T, but this one reveals a few more details regarding its specs. It's now known that it's going to have a 4.3" display and 8GB of internal storage but when it will be released or even what version of Windows Phone it's set to be running are a mystery.
Considering that handsets running Windows Phone 7 may not be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8 when it arrives it wouldn't be surprising to see the Mandel arrive later rather than sooner.
When the handset didn't launch with the Lumia 900 or the Titan II some considered it to have been cancelled but it now seems that might not be the case. Of course there's a chance it could still be the case and Samsung is rumoured to have taken a break from developing WP7 devices to work on a high-end WP8 smartphone. While it looks like it's not going to be radically different from Samsung's Focus S it will at least add a bit more variety to AT&T's Windows Phone line, even if most of the buzz is around Nokia's devices with HTC's Titan II standing forgotten in the shadow of the Lumia 900.