Superphones Show Up in Leaked Windows Phone Roadmap

Paul Lilly

If you thought 2011 was a busy year in the mobile handset market, just wait until you see what's in store for 2012. The battleground is quickly becoming a lot more competitive and will include Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) handsets from Google and its partners, probably an iPhone 5 model with a slightly larger screen, and the introduction of so-called "superphones."

A leaked Windows Phone roadmap posted on provides some insight into Microsoft's future plans, and if the roadmap is correct, Microsoft will launch superphone models in the fourth quarter of 2012.

There doesn't exist a universal textbook definition of what exactly a "superphone" is, and credit goes to Google for coining the term during the launch of its Nexus One. But what you can expect from a true superphone is a larger than average screen with a high definition resolution, a high quality camera, and at least a dual-core processor, if not a quad-core chip. Basically, a superphone should be a step above today's best smartphones.

Getting back to Microsoft's roadmap, the Redmond outfit is planning to release "products with the best prices" in the second quarter of 2012 before attacking the high end in Q4.

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