Nokia may be getting all the attention (of what little there is) in the Windows Phone world, but let’s not forget that there are other players with their neck in the game. Samsung, who we’ve traditionally recognized as the leading manufacturer of Android devices, has released a few Windows Phone devices that haven’t really taken off, but rumor has it that they’re going to take another stab at Microsoft’s mobile operating system this year with three new models. One of them, codenmaed Mandel, is said to run Windows Phone Tango and come with 4G LTE. Seeing as how we’re not big fans of Tango, let’s skip straight to the good stuff: Apollo. We don’t know anything about these other two smartphones that Samsung have up their sleeve, except for the “fact” that they’re going to run Windows Phone 8. What’s going to make Windows Phone 8 special? We have a rough idea thanks to a leak from earlier this year, but we’re still waiting for more concrete details.
Knowing how Samsung works, expect to see them using one of their Android designs for the basis of a new Windows Phone. Take the Focus S for example. It’s a Galaxy S II running Windows Phone. We wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung announced a Windows Phone that looks exactly like the Galaxy S III. Speaking about the Galaxy S III, we don’t have any solid information about that flagship product, but we do know that it’s going to be one of the most lusted after handsets this year. Many people are putting off purchasing the HTC One X to see what Samsung will announce, so that’s got us thinking … Windows Phone 8 is going to come out in Q4, isn’t that the same quarter that Apple ships the iPhone? With the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5 on the market this holiday season, will people care about Windows Phone 8?
Time will tell.