By Stephen Schenck | September 19, 2011 7:48 PM
Japan got its first taste of Mango with the release of the Fujitsu-Toshiba IS12T, but how will Mango be revealed to the rest of the world’s markets? Instead of that sort of single-device launch, will we see a glut of WP7.5 handsets released at once? It may not be the grand launch we were hoping for, but it looks like Europe has actually gotten its first Mango device already, and it’s definitely not what we expected.
Instead of a new built-for-Mango-from-the-ground-up smartphone, the first one that’s being sold with Mango installed in Europe turns out to be our old friend the HTC Mozart. Sure, it’s just the old Mozart with new software, but it’s still the region’s first taste of Mango at retail. Right now the updated Mozart is apparently only being sold in Russia, but perhaps we’ll see that spread to the rest of eastern Europe shortly.
The Mozart may be technically first, but we think we’ll keep the clock running and wait to see just which new Windows Phone handset, part of the new wave of models coming out, makes it to Europe first.