WP BENCH 2 Windows Phone Benchmark coming soon with Mango support an Online charts

Robert Varga who developed WP BENCH for Windows Phone 7 just gave me the heads up about the upcoming version of his benchmarking tool for Windows Phone 7 dubbed WP BENCH 2. This newer version will officially support Mango and include new feature like new UI, online charts, user profile etc.

Regarding the big boost in performance that I have noticed a few days ago, Robert thinks that this may be due to a change in Mango: data blocks smaller than 4.2MB are apparently being written to the devices memory first while a second thread is used to write data to the storage memory. This is why we are seeing such a huge boost in the results (setting the data block size to 5MB shows results similar to NoDo). Looks like a nice OS level optimization that should help boost performance in certain situations. Check out WP BENCH 2 in action after the break:

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New Japanese Windows Phone Mango applications unveiled: Mixi, Navitime, Hot Pepper and Jorudan Norikae-Annai


Microsoft Japan recently posted a Mango video showcasing the Japanese version of the OS and 4 new applications which should be available later this fall:

- Mixi: Japanese Social network with over 21.6 million users
- Navitime (which we have already seen pre-install on the Fujitsu IS12T): All in one navigation, mapping and routing service
- Hot Pepper: lets you find nearby restaurants etc..
- Jorudan Norikae-Annai: Train and transit schedules

Video after the break:

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HTC Eternity and HTC Omega cases already being sold

The rumored HTC Eternity and HTC Omega Window Phone 7 handsets already have third-party cases available in China (as reported by Pocketnow but without any source link so I did a simple 5 second search on Google and landed the product pages which I link at the at of the story after the break). The HTC Eternity is rumored to be HTC’s upcoming flagship Windows Phone device while the HTC Omega should be successor to the Mozart. One thing to keep in mind though is that those cases are not proof of the existence of the device because Chinese cases manufacturers often start cranking out products simply based on guesstimates and rumors sometimes just to make a quick buck. More Pictures after the break:

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