7 MWG smartphones leaked, 3 of them with Windows Mobile 7. MWG Flame II with WM7 to be released in 2008
MWG is not the best know Windows Mobile smartphone maker around the world. But having Expansys – one of the biggest mobile phone distributors – as a parent, helps.
During last few months MWG caused a lot of buzz with their Zinc and Atom smartphones. And it has much more exciting things up it’s sleeve towards the end of this year.
MWG presented their whole 2008 smartphone roadmap to select audience recently, and it did not take long for the presentation to leak onto the net. And there were quite a few interesting tidbits in it.
According to the roadmap, MWG plans to launch 6 new Windows Mobile smartphones, 1 UMPC/MID. 3 of them will get Windows Mobile 7 OS, and one of WM7 devices is scheduled for the end of this year!
The picture above is pretty self explanatory. Still, I’ll recap the timing and specs of the planned devices.
Q3 2008 has only one handset scheduled, and that’s a slim 12.5 mm MWG Rici WM 6.1 smartphone with 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.2 Mbps HSUPA connectivity, 3 megapixel camera and GPS.
Q4 2008 gets much more interesting with 4 pretty impressive devices scheduled. And the first of them – MWG Flame II is supposed to to run on Windows mobile 7! Other MWG Flame 2 specs include big 3.5″ or higher (touchscreen, I’m sure) display, advanced multimedia features, 3.2 megapixel camera and GPS.
MWG Iris is a slim touchscreen slider with QWERTY keyboard, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.2 HSUPA connectivity and GPS. There’s another non- touchscreen phone model called Graphite II, but no specs for it are defined yet.
And MWG also plans to have an ultraportable PC, called MWG Walk PC for the end of 2008, with Vista OS and built-in 3G. My guess is, it will be one of MID/UMPC devices along the lines of HTC Shift UMPC.
In the begriming of 2009 we’ll se 2 more Windows Mobile 7 equipped smartphones from MWG. Slim, multimedia centric MWG Atom IV, with 7.2 HSDPA and 5.2 HSUPA connectivity, 3.2 mpx camera and GPS. And 12.5 mm slim, messaging oriented QWERTY slider MWG Vix with some kind of novel keyboard, 3.2 mpx camera and GPS.
And, if you don’t believe me, here’s the roadmap presentation video itself: