We already knew Samsung had some WP7 phones in the pipeline because, err, they showed us, but in actual fact they're going to be debuting "several" models this year.
There's the Omnia HD-resembling device they showed off at the WP7 event back in March, and the leaked i8700 which supposedly has 8GB of internal storage. Plus, of course, that prototype that will never see a store shelf at Best Buy.
Samsung's release on the matter is below, but it doesn't give away much on their forthcoming phones. We'll have to wait until next week for that presumably, which is when Microsoft has scheduled in a press launch for the range.
London, UK September 30, 2010 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in mobile technology, today announced an agreement to use the Windows Phone 7 platform and related application software as a key component of the Samsung smartphone portfolio.
The announcement marks Samsung's long term commitment to including Windows Phone 7 devices in its smartphone portfolio. Samsung plans to launch several Windows Phone 7 devices this year in Europe, the US, and Asia.
"For years, Samsung has been a key partner in bringing new Windows phones to customers all over the world," said Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President, OEM Division at Microsoft. "Windows Phone 7 is an important release and we look forward to deepening our collaboration with Samsung on mobile devices and beyond, with our multi-screen strategy."
Simon Stanford, Head of Mobile, Samsung UK and Ireland said: "The addition of Windows Phone 7 devices to Samsung's smartphone portfolio is a significant milestone. Samsung's new Windows Phone 7 based smartphones will play a key role in reinforcing Samsung's leadership in the smartphone market and commitment to providing a range of devices across a variety of platforms."
Samsung's Windows Phone 7 smartphones will combine the latest hardware design and technology, while benefitting from Microsoft's software and innovation heritage. The Windows Phone 7 experience is designed to help people find and consume the data, information and services they care most about. The new phones are distinguished by unique and diverse experiences built from Microsoft's portfolio such as Xbox LIVE, Office, Zune, Windows Live, Bing, and more.