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LG Optimus 7, GW910, Dell Venue Pro, Samsung Focus & Omnia 7

LG Optimus 7 (formerly E900) 3.8in 480 x 800 pixel display, 16GB of native memory, a 5MP camera with auto-focus, LED flash and 720p video recording. Powered by the 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8650 chipset with 3.5in display variant called the '7Q' due by Christmas and featuring a slide out physical Qwerty keyboard.

UK Networks: Vodafone - from £30pm. On sale from 21 October

LG GW910 Nothing official about this Qwerty slider yet, but it has been through the US FCC checks. Given Microsoft's strict specification requirements this will also have to pack at least a 1GHz CPU, 8GB of native memory, 5MP camera and HD video recording.

UK Networks: To be confirmed, release date unknown

Dell Venue Pro (formerly Lightning) A 4.1in 480 x 800 pixel monster with 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8250 chipset, 5MP camera with Flash and HD video recording. 121.6 x 64.4 x 14.9mm dimensions are confirmed, but the weight has yet to be revealed. Codec support will include DivX, a notable absence on HTC handsets.

UK Networks: Currently limited to T-Mobile US

Samsung Focus (above) and Samsung Omnia 7 (below) We know little about the differences between these two models as they appear to match each another spec-for-spec. These entail a 4in 480 x 800 pixel screen, 8GB of internal storage, 1GHz Qualcomm QSD8250 chipsets and 5MP cameras with auto-focus, LED flash and 720p video recording.

UK Networks: Focus - US Only (AT&T); Omnia 7 - T-Mobile, Orange and Three from £35pm. On sale from 21 October

Yes the obvious point to make with all these handsets is that they all have very similar specifications given Microsoft's strict hardware requirements for Windows Phone 7. Even the facia's Windows, back and search buttons are written in stone. The upside is developers will have virtually identical hardware on which to create their applications and manufacturers will be forced to try and differentiate their phones in terms of build quality and price. This will only get more competitive as the likes of Asus, Sony Ericsson and Android fanatic Motorola reveal their intentions. That said, not all the major handset makers have committed to developing WP7 phones as yet, something that will only change if these early models prove popular.

For specific details on Microsoft's new mobile OS note that our Windows Phone 7 first impressions will be live on the site shortly. Meanwhile the full Windows Phone 7 press conference can now be watched again in the Microsoft News Center.

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