Rumors have been flying for the last few days about Microsoft’s plans to release a pair of smartphones under its own brand name. The latest unconfirmed report sheds more light on these device, which supposedly won’t run Windows Mobile.
An open question about these models is what operating system they will be based on. According to Paul O’Brien from MoDoCo, they will use the same OS core as Windows Mobile 7, but won’t have the same user interface. Instead, they will use a custom one developed in co-operation with Danger, Inc., the company behind the T-Mobile Sidekick line, and a subsidiary of Microsoft.
The software on this device will supposedly have much ion common with Danger’s earlier work. Like the Sidekick, all its data will be synchronized with on-line servers, not with a local device. An on-device software store will be included, too.
These devices are reportedly part of Microsoft’s “Pink” project, which will bring the audio and video capabilities of the Zune to smartphones.
Their software will follow a recent trend in smartphones, displaying e-mail, instant messages, and texts together.
They will allegedly have a strong consumer focus, and will be offered along side dives running Windows Mobile 6.5 and 7.
More about the Hardware
According to several unconfirmed reports, one of these devices will be code-named Pure, and will have a rectangular design, with a sliding QWERTY (see image above).
It will supposedly sport an 8 MPx camera.
The other model, code-named Turtle is going to be a slider with a square-ish shape.
According to MoDoCo‘s O’Brien, the image of the Turtle that leaked out yesterday is out of date — in recent weeks, the Turtle was switched from having a QWERTY keyboard to having a T9 numberpad.
This model will reportedly have a 5-megapixel camera and a 3.5 mm headset jack.
These smartphones will supposedly 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”.
Virtually all the other specifications of these two remain a mystery, though they are supposed to use a new type of screen technology.
Launch Date Unknown
O’Brien claims these products won’t be unveiled at CES in January, but at a separate event. When that will happen is not yet clear.
The only wireless carrier specifically mentioned so far is Verizon, but Microsoft has supposedly lined up carriers around the world.