Leaked Image Of HTC Omega Surfaces

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News Posted: Fri, Aug 26 2011 2:43 PM

Thanks to a leaked image, we're learning more about an upcoming Windows Phone 7 Mango smartphone known as the HTC Omega. Based on the picture, the Omega will be a white and silver handset. It appears to have an aluminum construction.

Omega is likely a codename. Reports suggest the phone could be known as the HTC Radar when it ships with a carrier. The smartphone is expected to have a 3.8-inch SLCD display, 1.5GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, DLNA compatibility, and micro-HDMI output. The phone is also expected to feature an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and a front-facing camera.

HTC has a press event scheduled for September 1. We're expecting the Omega as well as a few other devices such as the rumored HTC Eternity (also a Mango handset) to be formally announced at this event. The Eternity is expected to be a higher-end model with a larger 4.7-inch AMOLED display.

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Why do all of the windows phones come with lower specs??? single core processors, half the ram, lower quality displays........I am digging the silver and white though.

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Dave_HH replied on Fri, Aug 26 2011 3:03 PM

That appears to be a MIcrosoft reference design limitation perhaps. They've all be Qualcomm Snapdragon platform phones, if I'm not mistaken.

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So it's a Microsoft thing? Thanks for the clarification. Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't Mango widen those restrictions? And include new features like the gyro....

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3vi1 replied on Sat, Aug 27 2011 9:52 AM

Dave's probably right. Also HTC has no interest in spending any time trying to get Microsoft buy-in on improving the specs, since HTC's making money hand over fist on their Android phones - which aren't subject to these MS-imposed limitations. Oddly, MS is making more money off HTC's Android phones than they are the Windows phones (MS sued them and gets $5 a unit).

These Win-phones will all be dead end platforms next year when Win8 comes out anyway. MS gave Google such a hard time about having multiple platforms that you can't tell me there's any doubt that they'll kill off WinMo7 the second they have Win8 running decently on ARM. Yes, I know they're saying the exact opposite now - but I also know they're lying through their teeth. The only question in my mind is if they're going to make it a SilverLight platform or if they're going to break the news to developers that none of their existing apps are going to run.

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wil2200 replied on Sat, Aug 27 2011 6:43 PM

I was waiting to upgrade my 6.5 to mango and I was waiting to see the specs - now I am disappointed. I was hoping to see the best hardware on these phones but seriously, wtf....

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