HTC and Samsung to increase Windows Phone marketing budgets

Thankfully Microsoft isn’t putting all of its eggs in the same basket and won’t rely only on Nokia to correctly market Windows Phone this fall. According to Andy Less, Samsung and HTC are going to increase the marketing budgets for Windows Phones this year. This is in line with what was announced in the Samsung / Microsoft patent deal a few days ago. Unfortunately we have yet to see any compelling marketing effort around Mango but one can only hope that things will change in the comings weeks.

One thing bothers me though: Where the hell is the Samsung Focus S and its European variant? Samsung has officially only announced the Omnia W which is the European version of the Samsung Focus Flash (that was never really announced by Samsung but only outed by AT&T). One has to wonder if Microsoft is asking them to lay low for a bit until Nokia finally unveils its Windows Phone products…

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HTC Windows Phone 7 handset with 12 MP camera in the wild


The infamous E.Murtazin is apparently in the possession of an upcoming Windows Phone 7 handset that features a 12 MegaPixel camera capable of shooting uncompressed RAW images. This is definitely more realistic than the rumored 16MP HTC handset and also really inserting because RAW shooting will probably be a first for a smartphone (correct me if I’m wrong). Eldar has already confirmed that it is not a Nokia handset and given his “close ties” with the Korean company I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a Samsung device. Remember that I already told you that Samsung was currently working on a high-end Windows Phone 7 Mango device so this could possibly be what Murtazin has in his hands right now.

UPDATE: The device is apparently and HTC handset as seen in the photos below (design looks similar to the HTC Trophy and is probably the HTC Mazaa which is probably the Torphy look-alike equipped with a Gyroscope shown and used during the MIX sessions and keynotes).

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