Microsoft is holding a press event next week, but its subject matter remains unknown. Speculation is running rampant that it's the debut of a new mobile operating system and a pair of Microsoft-branded phones to run it.
The invite is labeled "It's Time to Share" and the event will be held on April 12. The phrase isn't used in the marketing materials for the two Microsoft-branded devices that leaked recently, which instead use the phrase "Make Your Network More Social." Nevertheless, unconfirmed reports disclose that these models will be released soon, so their respective debuts at this event seems likely.
'Project Pink' Coming to Light
Unconfirmed reports about the mysterious "Project Pink" have been around for nearly two years. They started shortly after Microsoft acquired Danger Inc., the maker of Sidekick smartphones. Supposedly these two companies have teamed up to make a messaging-oriented operating system for phones targeted at consumers.
It will reportedly use the same OS core as Windows Phone 7 and the Zune, but won't have the same user interface.
Windows Phone 7 will be for high-end models and have an emphasis on multimedia, while the devices under "Project Pink" will allegedly be more affordable and more focused on social networking.
The two apparently won't be able to share third-party software.
More about the Hardware
According to several unconfirmed reports, one of the devices will be code-named "Pure," with a rectangular design and a sliding QWERTY keyboard (see image above). It will supposedly sport an 8 megapixel camera.
The other model, code-named "Turtle," will allegedly be a slider with a square-ish shape. The model will reportedly have a 5 megapixel camera and a 3.5 mm headset jack.
The smartphones will supposedly be manufactured by Sharp, which produced the Sidekick models for Danger.
Virtually all the other specifications remain a mystery.
As mentioned earlier, some marketing materials for the two upcoming phones leaked out recently, and this clearly indicates that they will be offered by Verizon Wireless.
The source for the leaked documents hinted that the release will be later this month.
No word yet on pricing, but they are likely to be entry-level models.
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