Recent rumors suggest that Microsoft might reveal the 2011 Windows Phone hardware lineup at their Mango event this week. The New York-based event, which is scheduled for May 24, will officially announce the Windows Phone 7.5 update, codenamed Mango. Many of the features included in Mango have been leaked over the last few weeks, but Microsoft might still have a few surprises up its sleeve.
If this latest rumor, courtesy of WMPoweruser, is correct, nine new devices will be unveiled by Microsoft’s top partners: four from Samsung, two from HTC and Acer, and one from Dell. LG, of course, is conspicuously absent from the list.
One of the devices could be the recently rumored HTC Bresson, which sports a 16 megapixel camera. Or they could be the impressive HTC Omega and HTC Eternity. The former will reportedly include a 4.7 inch AMOLED screen and microHDMI out, while the latter will have a 3.8 inch screen. Both will supposedly have an 8 megapixel camera.
The devices from Samsung and Acer–a newcomer to Windows Phone–are still wrapped in secrecy, but Dell’s device could be the Dell Wrigley, which appeared on a roadmap a few months ago.
Unfortunately, the devices are unlikely to ship until this fall, alongside the Mango update. Announcing them this early is an interesting move, since Microsoft held off on announcing the first wave of devices until just a month before Windows Phone was released to the world. We’ll find out on Tuesday if this rumor is true. Stay tuned.