Remember HTC unveiling a 16 MP Windows Phone at CES 2012? Of course you don’t. So here’s a quick recap about the device –
- Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
- 4.7″ WVGA Super LCD display (uhm, not okay)
- 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S2 processor, no dual core goodness until Apollo
- 16 MP rear camera, dual LED (uh, meh) HD (720p) video recording, 1.3 MP front facing camera, video calling
- 512 MB RAM, 16 GB internal memory
- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n
While the specs may not be killer, the 16 MP camera is a hype. Windows Phone Mango cannot handle cameras upwards of 12 MP, and HTC had to hack a way around. The Taiwanese has, however, won a race – it has become the first manufacturer (from outside of China) to launch a Windows Phone in the country. It’s more like a ‘Me first’ attempt, rather. Nevertheless, it’s good to see them launching a device over there.
While Windows Phone is all sorts of slick and fast, and it is good at what it does, I’m not sure I’ll ever recommend it, in its current form, for a whopping $700.
The price HTC has fixed, I’m not even sure they want to sell a Windows Phone, in the first place. Them winning the race to China is seeming more like a symbolic move rather than a real attempt at selling more phones in the world’s most populated country.
If you’re from China, are you going to buy this?