Microsoft’s Windows Phone is a relatively new platform, if compared with Android and iOS, but it has already managed to attract much attention thanks to the number of advantages it offers. Many geeks are sure that even though the most powerful smartphone at the moment (the Samsung Galaxy S2 in case you don’t know) runs Android, Google’s platform is already getting old and losing its attraction; people want something fresh and new, and here’s when Windows Phone comes into play.
In 2011, many good WP-based smartphones were released by HTC, Samsung and others, but even better and even more powerful devices are expected to come in 2012. Most of them will have swift dual-core processors, good cameras, big batteries and all the goodies coming with the Mango update, so they’re in no way inferior to any of the recent high-end Android smartphones. Even more, some of them are going to better.
Let’s now see which are the most expected and the most powerful Windows Phone-based phones coming in 2012.
HTC Titan II
One of the most powerful Windows Phone-based devices expected to be released in 2012 is, of course, the HTC Titan II. The phone will come with the same 4.7-inch screen with 480 x 800 resolution its predecessor had, but most of the other specs are going to be considerably improved: fast and powerful 1.5 GHz Scorpion, a 16 MP camera with dual-LED flash instead of the usual 8MP one and a 1750mAh battery are already known, and the other specs will hopefully be revealed quite soon.
The Titan II is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2012, but no exact date is known yet.
Nokia Lumia 900
The Nokia Lumia 800 was one of Nokia’s first devices based on Windows Phone Mango, and it attracted much attention after its release in the end of 2011. Now the whole world is waiting for Nokia to release the successor of this phone, the Lumia 900, even though it won’t really have too many upgraded features.
The Nokia Lumia 900 looks like the 800, but is a bit larger with a 4.3-inch screen instead of a 3.7-inch one. However, the screen resolution is the same 480 x 800, which is not that good. The features are also almost the same: a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, an 8MP camera, 16GB of built-in memory and no opportunity to expand it via any card slot. And the system is going to be the same Windows Phone Mango. Perhaps one of the few differences between the two phones is the 1.3MP front-facing camera that was added to the Lumia 900.
Nothing is known about the release date or the price of the phone, but I guess it will become as popular as its predecessor only if its SIM-free version is offered for a rather competitive price and if mobile operators offer very good contract deals for it.
Samsung is more famous for creating very good Android phones, but they have made a couple of good WP-based devices, too, the Focus S being one of them. Now Samsung is going to release a new WP phone – the Mendel. They say its screen is going to be larger than 4.3 inches, but the exact dimensions aren’t announced yet. As for the processor, they say it’s going to be either a 1.4GHz Snapdragon or a more powerful one. Add Windows Phone Mango, 4G, LTE and Samsung’s good built quality, and you’ll get a really good device, so no wonder everyone’s waiting for it impatiently.
The Titan II isn’t the only Windows Phone-based device HTC is going to release in 2012; according to the latest rumors, the Taiwanese manufacturer will also launch the Radiant – a phone that looks like the original Titan a lot, but has a number of upgraded features, including a larger front camera, a 1.5GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, a non-removable battery and a huge 4.7-inch screen. There is no info about the platform version, but perhaps it’s going to be WP Mango.
The exact release date and the price of the HTC Radiant aren’t revealed yet, but geeks are already waiting for this phone impatiently.
In 2012 LG is also going to release a Windows Phone-based smartphone in 2012, but unlike the previous phones, this one is going to be a mid-range one, perfect for those who don’t want to spend much money on buying a phone.
The Miracle will come with a 4-inch WVGA NOVA display, a 1GHz processor (most likely a single-core one), a 5MP camera and 8GB of built-in memory. The phone will also have all the connectivity features you need and even NFC (though this is not confirmed yet). So the specs are good, and if so is the price, the phone will surely find many buyers.