First Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) Device Missing a Front-Facing Camera?

Fujitsu announced the availability of the first Windows Phone 7.5 (“Mango”) device in the world. But, there’s something unsettling about the announcement.

Fujitsu Launches Windows Phone IS12T

When Windows Phone 7 was announced and released last year, it delivered a mix bag. On one hand, tech pundits seemed to love its fresh Metro graphical user interface design. Personally, I use it as my primary voice phone because it deals with calls they way I like. On the other hand, it left out features that were available in competitors’ products as well as Microsoft’s own previous generation Windows Mobile platform: Multitasking, copy/paste, tethering and more. Windows Phone Mango addresses many of these issues and adds a couple of interesting feature twists.

Fujitsu’s IS12T adds a number of interesting hardware twists to Mango’s software enhancements.

1. Water and dust resistant
2. 13.2 megapixel camera
3. 32GB of built-in storage

There are two missing features that should raise eyebrows, however.

1. No front facing camera for video chats. Note that Microsoft is in the process of buying Skype. So, this ommission is a big one.

2. Fujitsu’s notes indicates that the phone will ship wihtout an email client and it will be available as a separate download in October. This is, most likely, a language localization issue that may not affect devices relesed in English speaking countries.

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