Details are continuing to leak out about the two phones Microsoft is supposedly going to release under its own brand. This includes the first pictures of these devices to become available.
If these devices are real — and evidence is mounting in favor of that conclusion — they will be a major change of strategy of Microsoft. Previously this company has been satisfied by making an operating system for other companies to put on smartphones
Turtle and Pure
The code-names for these models were revealed earlier this week, and some of the details, too. But the new pictures give a better sense of what they will offer.
According to a pair of unconfirmed reports, one of these will be codenamed Turtle. It will have a square-ish shape and sport a sliding keyboard (see image at left).
The other will supposedly be code-named the Pure, and will have a more rectangular design, but also be a slider (see image below).
Virtually all the specifications of these two remains a mystery.
A Collaborative Effort
These smartphones are allegedly being developed in conjunction with Danger, Inc., the company behind the T-Mobile Sidekick line, and a subsidiary of Microsoft.
They will reportedly be manufactured by Sharp, who produced the Sidekick models for Danger. This fact won’t be kept behind the scenes, as they will be labeled “Microsoft-Sharp”.
It’s been theorized that they will run Windows Mobile 7, which which will push their release back until late 2010.
The unconfirmed reports indicate that these devices have been designed as part of Microsoft’s “Pink” project, which means they will have some of the Zune’s multimedia capabilities.
They are clearly going to be consumer-oriented models, and the fact that both will apparently have keyboards will make writing messages and social networking posts easier.
Coming in January?
Microsoft is supposedly hoping to introduce these smartphones at the CES tradeshow in early January, even if they aren’t going to hit the market until later in the year.
They may be released by Verizon, but that is far from confirmed. Also unknown is anything about pricing.