First Look: Microsoft’s New Windows Phone 8 Dubbed The ‘iPhone Killer’

As widely expected, Microsoft today gave the world its first look and the hotly anticipated and long-rumored features of the new Windows Phone 8, which will formally launch this fall with the new Windows Surface tablet.

Based on the first impressions reported across the tech blogophere, Microsoft may have developed a true “iPhone killer” with its forthcoming smartphone previewed just minutes ago at the Windows Phone Developer Summit.

Here’s what we know about the new phone:

  • HD screen with resolutions including: WVGA (800×480 pixels), WXVGA (1280×768), and “True 720p” (1280×720).
  • NFC integration
  • Built-in mapping technology from Nokia, Microsoft’s key partner in the smartphone market, the company said.
  • Windows 8 code foundation
  • MicroSD expansion slot
  • Integration of VoIP calling apps

Microsoft today also demonstrated speech recognition software that developers can use this feature in their app creations.

“Microsoft says the shift will make it easier for software developers to more easily create applications for both Windows-powered PCs and Windows Phone, and help developers with apps for Apple Inc.’s iPhone or devices powered by Google Inc.’s Android software to make those work on Windows Phone devices,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

No pricing details have yet been published.

“We will have the best device lineup we’ve ever had before,” said Terry Myerson, the head of the Windows Phone group, today.

And by all accounts, the mobile community agrees. Do you?