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IE9 Spotted On LG E700 Windows Phone 7 Handset

Korean manufacturer LG Electronics may be looking to release a new Windows Phone 7 device that bears the name E700 and may be the followup to the current Optimus 7 model.

UnwiredView published the screenshot of an XML feed that shows both the model number and the handset's browser name.

IE9 will be a core part of the Windows Phone 7 Mango, a key update that will be released in the autumn for the mobile handset platform; the update may also be available for existing Windows Phone 7 devices since current hardware specification is expected to remain stable during the transition to new WP7 phones.

The launch will almost certainly coincide with the release of a slew of new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will replace the existing ones.

At the moment only three major handset manufacturers have Windows Phone 7 in their lineups; HTC, Samsung and LG, with ZTE having told us that they are monitoring the situation. Dell also has the Venue Pro with a slide out keyboard.

Regarding the LG E700, we only know that it will still have a Qualcomm Snapdragon system on chip as well as a default screen resolution of 800x480.

We noticed over the past week that the price of Windows Phone 7 handsets has been going down, which may be a sign that manufacturers are preparing for a refresh. An autumn launch may also coincide with the debut of Apple's iPhone 5 handset.