Samsung just announced that they are releasing their own Windows Phone 7 handset. So far, the only companies with Windows 7 phones were Asus and LG. The Samsung phone conforms to Microsoft’s minimum requirements for Windows Phone 7, which means: a multitouch screen WVGA screen; an accelerometer; 5-megapixel camera; FM radio; 256MB of RAM; 8GB of internal storage. Internally, it has to be roughly the same phone as the other two we’ve seen.
At the time, this phone was a piece of hardware pornography with a disappointing UI. With Windows Phone 7, though, anyone would have to give it a second look. Here’s a thought, though: We know that Microsoft is clamping down on what it considers acceptable hardware for Windows Phone 7, and we’ve talked about what that means in broad terms. But what about hardware lust? The iPhone’s done a great deal to take people’s focus away from hardware, and phones like the Pre ride on their features, not their spec sheets. So I guess the hardcore hardware nerds will be stuck with Android now?