Things have been pretty slow for Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, right after its initial salvo of devices that were launched last year. Though Nokia has committed its lineup to the Windows Phone 7 platform and a slew of companies such as Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE are joining the Microsoft camp, there were no refreshed Windows Phone 7 devices in the first half of 2011.
Perhaps, Microsoft is saving the best for the last when the Mango update goes live by Q4 2011. With the second half of 2011 underway, rumors of a Samsung Windows Phone 7 device that's based on the Samsung Galaxy S II has been heard. During Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, a Samsung made Windows Phone 7 unit was spotted when Microsoft's corporate vice president Steve Guggenheimer gave a few demonstrations of its partner's hardware. From the video, the Guggenheimer was heard saying that the Samsung device is "very thin and light" and sports the usual buttons that's mandatory for all Windows Phone 7 device.
The real impact is the likelihood of the first Windows Phone 7 device with a dual-core processor, and possibly a Super AMOLED Plus display. Till now, Windows Phone 7 devices have standard and fixed specifications, such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor and the usual LCD displays with WVGA resolution. Given how the Samsung Galaxy S II had a great report card during its initial launch, it stands to say that Microsoft is hoping to rub off some of the Galaxy S II's popularity for its Windows Phone 7 OS.
You can see the Samsung device from the video here, though you might want to skip to the Steven Guggenheimr (2:19) mark as the video is over 2 hours long.