AT&T has just launched two smartphones running Microsoft’s latest operating system. The HTC Surround and Samsung Focus are both high-end models with large touchscreens, fast processors, and many other features.
Today is the premier of Windows Phone 7 in the U.S., and AT&T and T-Mobile are each introducing two models with this new OS.
The Samsung Focus has a tablet shape dominated by a 4-inch, AM-OLED touchscreen.
The HTC Surround, on the other hand, has a 3.8-inch display and an unusual addition: a panel that can slide to expose a pair of Dolby Surround Sound speakers.
Both of these smartphones have a cutting-edge feature set, including WVGA, capacitive touchscreens, 3G, Wi-Fi, and 1 GHz processors.
They also have the same price: $200 with a two-year wireless service contract.
Either can be ordered now on the AT&T website.
Waiting in the Wings
This carrier is planning to release a third device running Windows Phone 7, but the LG Quantum is missing the big launch day.
This will be AT&T’s only Windows Phone 7 model with a landscape oriented keyboard. It is also going to include a 3.5-inch touchscreen.
It can be pre-ordered now for $200 with contract, and is scheduled to ship “on or about November 15”.
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Preview
Despite its name, Windows Phone 7 has little in common with its predecessors. It has a completely different user interface and can’t run applications written for Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5 or before.
Still, it includes some hold-overs from Windows Mobile that business users want: Microsoft Office Mobile and support for synchronizing with Microsoft Exchange.
It works with Microsoft’s Zune music service, as well as the Xbox Live gaming service.