Microsoft mobiles spied online?
Project Pink to produce Turtle and Pure
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.
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.
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. ®
MS do make some good hardware but for the love of god they should just stop with the phones right now. Windows mobile is a slow and hateful experience to use and those phones are really ugly.
Looks like a rough render. Maybe it has been "leaked" to find out possible interest levels.
Come on el Reg. Nokia N97 lookalike?
The N97 is a three line keyboard and nothing like the picture. Four line keyboards are more akin to HTC stuff, like the tytn2 and touch pro2.
It is interesting to note the front screen is more Niokia like, than anything actually provided my Microsoft, so perhaps this will have winmo 7, or something that works. :) Or more likely they have ripped off the nokia and stuck it to the image of a made up phone.
If left closed and face down
the first may get confused with a mouse.
Hope it runs android :lol: