One of the key missing elements in the initial Windows Phone 7 release was HDMI support. The platform was perfectly capable of supporting video recording with minimum requirements; however, it did not provide an easy way to share that content with a nearby HDTV device. However, that is changing with the Acer M310.
The new device will feature both the new Windows Phone OS – code named Mango – complete with accompanying micro HDMI output (a feature that can also be found on several Android handsets). According to reports, the upcoming HTC Eternity, another Windows Phone device, will also come with the micro HDMI port, as well as DLNA wireless sharing.
According to a blog by Windows Phone NZ, the Acer M310 was shown in prototype at their recent Tech Ed conference.
“It looks like a good basic handset overall with a black shiny look and bevelled edges. This handset has something we haven’t seen on Windows Phone handsets before – video output to HDMI. It also includes DLNA support to play over Wi-Fi to a network connected TV, Xbox, or other DLNA supported device. Other features on the Acer M310 look similar to many existing Windows Phone 7 handsets – such as 8GB storage capacity.”
The blog goes on to say that production for the new device is nearing finality, which means we should have more information, including possible release dates and locations, soon. As for other Windows Phone 7.5 devices, they’ll have the capability, so it will be up to the handset manufacturers to provide the output.