Samsung Photo Studio updated: Mango and Front facing camera support plus Panorama shooting

Samsung has just rolled out the Mango update of their Photo studio application for Windows Phone 7 today. This new version now includes support for front facing camera and thus confirms that Samsung’s upcoming windows Phone handsets will feature one. There’s also a new panorama shooting feature similar to the one found in the recently announced HTC Titan and HTC Radar (and on LG’s WP7 handsets) which uses the device’s compass and accelerometer. Head over to the Samsung Zone on your Focus or Omnia 7 if you are already running Mango to try it out.

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Windows Phone 7 Mango roll out to start this fall

This is what I have been told by HTC and Microsoft reps during tonight’s event. HTC kept on boasting that they would be the first OEM on the market with Mango devices here in Europe (and France to be more specific) and the HTC Titan and HTC Radar launch date, October 6, is not surprisingly at the beginning of Fall 2011 (Start on September 23 this year). It should also be noted that none of the devices shown toy had final software (OS code was RTM but the firmware’s weren’t finalized yet). This tends to make be believe that OEMs and carriers aren’t ready yet (also not that no carrier announcements where made today in relation to the aforementioned devices besides the Radar sighting on T-Mobile germany’s booth this morning). Logically it would also be normal to have the ne Mango devices on the market before starting to roll out the update for the older phones.

As of right now KDDI’s Fujitsu IS12T is the only Windows Phone 7.5 Mango handset available to the public and the only device with final software on board (OS and firmware). This is mainly the result of 2 things:

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HTC RADAR Hands on

The HTC Radar (formerly known as the HTC Omega) definitely doesn’t feel that exiting after laying eyes and hands on the the HTC Titan. Fortunately for HTC everybody isn’t a fan of huge screens and this is where the HTC Radar fits in. Let’s start with the specs:

HTC Radar Hardware specifications:

- 3.8? WVGA SLCD screen
- Weight: 137 grams (4.83 ounces) with battery
- Size: 120.5mm x 61.5mm x 10.9mm (4.74″ x 2.42″ x 0.43″)
- Qualcomm MSM8255 clocked at 1Ghz
- 8GB of internal Storage (up to 6.54 GB GB or available storage)
- 512 MB of Ram
- 5 megapixel camera with F2.2 lens, dual LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures)
- VGA Front facing camera
- 9.9mm thick
- Aluminum body
- Sensors: Gyro Sensor, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
- DLNA support
- SRS Enhancement & 5.1 surround sound
- HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 850/900/2100 MHz
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- Battery: 1520 mAh (talk time: WCDMA: Up to 485 minutes GSM: Up to 600 minutes)

This doesn’t look too bad right? I see it as a nice update to the HTC Trophy (and even HTC Mozart) thanks to the new SoC and it’s GPU and the addition of a Gyroscope, DLNA support, what looks like a better SLCD panel, better camera sensor and finally front facing camera.

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HTC TITAN Hands on: 4.7 inches of awesomeness

Gigantic! That’s the only word that can describe HTC’s newly announced flagship Windows Phone handset the HTC Titan. Let’s start with device’s hardware specification:

HTC Titan Hardware Specifications:

- 4.7″ WVGA SLCD screen
- Weight:160 grams (5.6 ounces) with battery
- 131.5mm x 70.7mm x 9.9mm (5.18″ x 2.78″ x 0.39″)
- Qualcomm MSM8255 clocked at 1.5Ghz
- 16GB of internal Storage (up to 12.63 GB or available storage)
- 512 MB of Ram
- 8 megapixel camera with F2.2 lens, dual LED flash, and BSI sensor (for better low-light captures)
- 1.3Mpix Front facing camera
- 9.9mm thick
- Aluminum body
- Sensors: Gyro Sensor, G-Sensor, Digital compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor
- DLNA support
- SRS Enhancement & 5.1 surround sound
- HSPA/WCDMA: Europe/Asia: 850/900/2100 MHz
- Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- Battery: 1600 mAh (talk time: WCDMA: Up to 410 minutes GSM: Up to 710 minutes)

Sounds tasty right? Well if only this had a Super AMOLED Plus panned it would be the perfect Windows Phone (still have to test the camera quality though..). The first thing I noted was that the screens viewing angles on the HTC Titan and HTC Radar where definitely an improved compared to HTC’s previous Android and windows Phones as iff the screen was finally merged with the glass (no be air gap between the two). The Titans build quality is simply the best I have ever seen on any HTC device. The aluminum body is really solid and the whole thing is perfectly crafted. 4.7″ is definitely on the huge size but if you love this kind of stuff that the Titan is for you. Only downside is that there’s no more kickstand which is a shame given that the handset’s huge screen would be perfect for long video viewing sessions.

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The Nokia Sea Ray won’t be announced at Nokia World

Before posting my HTC Titan and HTC Radar hands on impression I wanted to talk about something interesting that a Microsoft rep told during the HTC Event a few minutes ago. I specifically asked him about the Nokia Sea Ray announcement and the Nokia World event taking place in London on October 26th because I anted to know if this was the date and location of Nokia’s first Windows Phone unveiling. HE was obviously reluctant to answer this question but finally told me that Nokia World wasn’t going to be it and that there is another other specific event scheduled for the device’s launch (before or after Oct 26th?). This is obviously not an official statement so please take with a grain salt but given today’s HTC event , the launch of the Fujitsu IS12T last week I wouldn’t be surprised if Nokia does something prior to Nokia world.