Diego from WindowsPhoneItaly.com has posted some pictures and details of a new Windows Phone 7 device that is expected to be released in “early” 2011. There’s no real clarification on when “early” is. If it ever does get released, my guess would be sometime in Q2, but I’m just guessing. As for the phones specifications, it’s rumored to have HSDPA (7.2Mbps) and HSUPA (5.76Mbps), Quad-band radio for 2G connections (850/900/1800/1900 Mhz), Dual-band for 3G (900/2100 Mhz), 4GB internal memory, possible MicroSD expansion, and 12-key keyboard with a couple extra keys hanging around. The body of the phone is said to me made from carbon fiber, and for the metal parts they used a Tantalum transition metal. The rumor is Swiss based industrial design company, RareNative has designed this and it’s expected to go under the name “seven”.
I’ve looked this over a couple times and I’m not sold on this being 100% accurate. The phone doesn’t have any of the “standard” Windows Phone 7 buttons – no Search, no Windows Key, and the Back button is not the same Back button we’re seeing on todays devices. The pictures show a Home and Back button from the older Windows Mobile Standard line of hardware. Also, it only comes with 4GB of internal storage. Every other Windows Phone 7 device has 8, while a few have 16GB. Why would you release a “fashion” focused device with less storage than the average consumer device? I would expect it to be high-end all the way.
So what do you think – fact of fiction?