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Project Pink to produce Turtle and Pure

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Images of two handsets purportedly designed by Microsoft have appeared online, fuelling rumours that the software giant is preparing to dip its mighty toes into the mobile phone market.

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Microsoft's Turtle - taking design cues from the Pré?

One of the handsets – thought to be called Turtle – looks very like Palm’s Pré. The second device – known only as Pure – looks more like Nokia’s N97.

Microsoft is designing both handsets under a secret project codenamed ‘Pink’, according to a report by Gizmodo.

Sharp has reportedly been signed up to manufacture Turtle and Pure. Although Sharp isn’t a major player in the UK mobile phone business, it has numerous handsets on the market in Japan and played a hand in production of the Sidekick phone range.

Turtle and Pure will be co-branded by Microsoft and Sharp, the report also claimed.

Very little is known about either handset, but the images reveal that both models sport rear-mounted cameras, physical Qwerty keyboards and headphone jacks.

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The Pure - a Sidekick/Nokia N97 style handset?

Pure also appears to have a user-facing camera, although it could equally be a proximity sensor.

Since Microsoft hasn’t confirmed plans to make a mobile phone – let alone two handsets, launch dates or prices still aren’t known. ®

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