A few months ago, we saw a pic of some mystery Asus device as well as some video of it being used. At the time, we speculated that it was headed to AT&T and while that's not 100% confirmed, it's looking more likely. The phone, now called the E600, was spotted at the FCC recently sporting your typical Windows Phone 7 specs:
- 4" screen
- 1300mah battery
- 5MP camera
- brushed metal
Overall, the device looks quite slick. It would be tough competition between that and Samsung Focus, though we think the Focus may edge it out just a bit (larger battery, great camera, super AMOLED, etc.). It also looks like Asus is going ahead, without Garmin, with their Windows Phone 7 launch, though who knows how committed they are. No confirmation on dates or pricing, though we imagine this will hit with the "second wave" of releases, starting with CDMA phones.
Source: FCC; via Phone Arena
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*sigh* This phone is so much more attractive than the Focus and I'm really liking the brushed metal. The Focus's screen and camera are awesome but I'm still resentful of the design that Samsung (or ATT) went with. I still have a couple of days to return it but it's a perfectly fine phone (aside from the music stutter bug), so I'll probably keep it. I need to to do some research on Asus's track record with phones.
I think you're the 1st to comment negatively on the Focus's looks, lol. Everyone that I show it to loves the design. But I do agree, the brushed metal looks fantastic and must feel nice too. The roundness of the Focus is my favorite part--feels better in the hand and pocket. Not a fan of corners--at least the Asus is half way there.
Definitely a matter of personal taste. :) It just seems sorta outdated and cutesy. A couple of my friends like the design but most are turned off by the rounded corners and the "lip" and my friend who has the Captivate delights in teasing me about it. Now that I put a skin on the phone it looks even curvier and toy-ish. I do like the cut-outs on the back and I agree that it feels good in the hand (I was worried that it'd always be slipping out of my hand but the size and shape mostly eliminated this concern) but I prefer this Asus phone, the Omnia 7, the Captivate and even my worn-down HTC Fuze. eta: My ideal phone design would be something similar to the Zune HD.
Aesthetics are a key component when it comes to my purchases, and based on the leaked photos, this was the device I've been holding out for for a closer look. But the back cover of this phone, as well as the camera lens/flash design just does not compliment the front of the phone (to me). I will definitely have to view the final build up close and personal before my purchase and hopefully, they will up the battery to a 1500 mAh.
Is that a front-facing camera? LED notification? Just the proximity sensor?
light + proximity sensor, no camera
i think the phone looks handsome, so solid......... i really want this phone......
can a review or the mention of the Focus be done without mentioning the "super" AMOLED? I'm tired of people bring that up in reviews. Its brighter big deal but most people will put some sort of overlay on it. I personally put matted screen overlays since they don't pick up finger prints, or have any light glare.
I agree with electricbobeep. I want the Zune phone. If Microsoft had at least set the pace of WP7 (a-la Google's Nexus) I feel it would have fared much better. I know I would have bought one. But instead we end up with a mixed field of okay equipment. Where is the phone that Microsoft originally displayed with their adds? Where is the Courier? Why won't Microsoft brand themselves well and, at a minimum, set the stage with a premium product. I hated going out and buying the iPhone 4 (well not really) but had to because it looks and feels the best in my hand. I so wanted it to be a Windows Phone 7...
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