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UNVEILED: Microsoft's Pink Smartphones show their faces [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 24.09.09 - 09:15:24 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 13318x
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Following this week's earlier news about Microsoft's project Pink, Gizmodo just published two renderings of what seems to be Microsoft's new Pink smartphones, which are said to be Turtle and Pure. While Gizmodo hasn't unveiled its source, at least Turtle looks indeed like the drawing which was previously published by 9 to 5 Mac. According to the information available today, Microsoft's Pink smartphones are co-developed by Microsoft and Sharp which also manufactured the Danger Sidekicks before. As Gizmodo notices, Pink will be primarily aimed at the same market as the Sidekick.

Turtle looks like a chunky child's version of a Palm Pre, while Pure seems like a standard slider. Both have an overall sense of roundedness, with lots of soft angles and circular keys.

It's yet completely unknown on which operating system project Pink smartphones will run. While Windows CE as the underlying core is most expected, it seems unlikely that Pink phones will run Windows Mobile on top but its own user interface. However, it's noted that Pink phones will include Zune-like services as well as featuring its own app store, making it as close to the Zune phone as we may get.

UPDATE: MoDaCo has published some further device details of both - the Turtle and Pure - as well as further information about the Pink project in general. According to their information, Turtle is now featuring a a T9 keypad (instead of the QWERTY keyboard above). Furthermore, Turtle is said to feature a 3.5 mm stereo headset jack as well as a 5 megapixel camera. Pure is said to feature a sliding QWERTY keyboard but isn't featuring a tilt mechanism like latest HTC Windows Mobile smartphones. Nevertheless, it's said that the Pure will sports a 8 megapixel camera.

According to MoDaCo, the Pink software suite is built on the same core as Windows Mobile 7 (Windows CE), but shares nothing in look and feel with Microsoft's next Windows Mobile OS. Nevertheless, Pink is said to indeed includes elements of the software seen on the Zune HD as well as XBox integration as seen on the Zune HD. Furthermore, the UI is written in Silverlight and uses Seadragon.
It's furthermore expected, that Pink smartphones will sync all data into the cloud as well as featuring parental controls.
Last but not least, MoDaCo notices, that Pink will feature a real unified messaging experience where the lines between E-Mail, SMS and IM blurred.

According to MoDaCo's very detailed information, Pink will be offered alongside Windows Mobile 6.5 and Windows Mobile 7. While Windows Mobile 6.5 is said to target business customers, Windows Mobile 7 and Pink will target consumers, but in two different ways.

Cheers ~ Arne

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