Will we see BlackBerry-styled Windows Phone 7 devices? Probably yes
However, this isn’t the only form factor that Microsoft has in mind for its new OS.
The Redmond giant also plans to introduce “BlackBerry style handsets” based on WP7. That’s what Silicon is reporting in an interview with Microsoft evangelist Paul Foster.
At launch – it’s said – most of the Windows Phone 7 devices will have WVGA displays. “Later”, handsets with smaller resolution displays (480 x 320) and QWERTY keypads on the front should also be available. These would, of course, compete with all the BlackBerry Bolds and Curves of the world, as well as with some of Nokia’s smartphones.
Microsoft is no stranger to this form factor (there are lots of such Windows Mobile smartphones – the latest being the Samsung Omnia Pro 4 and Omnia Pro 5). So it does make sense for the company to hold on to it, even in the new WP7 era.
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The world’s first Windows Phone 7 handsets should be launched starting October in Europe, and November in the US. We’ll see then if there are any BlackBerry-like devices among them.