An unnamed source claims that Microsoft, Sprint and Verizon will announce the availability of Windows Phone 7 devices sometime in January-- possibly during CES 2011.
The news arrives after a Verizon flier was scanned and leaked into the news channels, revealing that the Windows Phone 7-laced HTC Trophy smartphone was heading to the Big Red soon. According to the specs, the device will sport a 3.8-inch WVGA capacitive touch screen, a 5MP camera with an LED flash, 16 GB of storage and 512 MB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and more.
The flier itself was directed at Microsoft employees, enticing them to purchase the HTC Trophy for $199.99 while signing the typical 2-year contract with "America's Most Reliable 3G Network." The flier also stated that the phone will launch on Verizon in "early 2011."
Thanks to the leaked scan, it was assumed that Verizon would announce Windows Phone 7 devices sometime between January and March. However if sources are correct, both Verizon and Sprint may reveal their Microsoft-clad devices in the coming weeks, getting a head start over Sony Ericsson's supposed PlayStation Phone (Z1) reveal slated for early February 2011.
Currently there are five Windows Phone 7 devices on the market: the Samsung Focus, LG Quantum and HTC Surround on AT&T, and the HTC HD7 and Dell Venue Pro (the latter of which can only be purchased through Dell) on T-Mobile.