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Microsoft "Turtle", a "Pink" smart phone  (Source: Gizmodo)

Microsoft "Pure", a "Pink" smart phone  (Source: Gizmodo)
Microsoft's new phones look to carve out a new niche for themselves

Its been a rough week for Microsoft in the secrecy department.  First pictures of its Courier bi-screen multi-touch tablet leaked, and now pictures of its upcoming smart phone hardware, codenamed "Pink" have also hit the internet, courtesy of Gizmodo.  The site posted pictures of two upcoming Microsoft phones, which it swears are 100 percent authentic.

The first phone is dubbed "Turtle" and looks akin to a squat Palm Pre.  Like the Pre, it has a sliding screen to feature a QWERTY keyboard.  It looks like it has a head phone jack on its top and a microSD card to the left of the keyboard.  On the back face there's a camera and what looks like possibly a flash.

The second Pink phone, the "Pure" looks kind of like the "Slide" variant of the T-Mobile Sidekick or the Samsung A877.  It appears to have a memory card slot below the keyboard, a headphones jack to the left of the keyboard, and a flash+camera in the back. 

The phone's similarity to the Sidekick is hardly coincidental.  Microsoft bought Danger, one of the makers of the Sidekick's interface, almost two years ago.  And Microsoft has partnered with Sharp to produce the hardware for the phones -- and you guessed it, Sharp made the Sidekick's hardware.  The phones will be Microsoft and Sharp cobranded.

Reportedly the phones will be receiving Zune services features (such as the Zune Pass subscription service) and will also have its own app store.

Will the phone's be competitive with the iPhone, currently the most popular consumer smartphone on the market in terms of "toy" appeal?  It's hard to say.  The phones are bulkier and have larger screens.  However, they will also likely feature the powerful Windows 7 Mobile OS, and have a physical keyboard, a welcome step up from the iPhone's virtual keyboard.  One immediate question that has not yet been answered is whether they might be packing NVIDIA's Tegra onboard, like the new Zune HD.   If they have it, they could be competitive gaming platforms to the iPhone as well.

Early comments regarding the images have not been kind to Microsoft, though, with some bloggers saying the phones look like uglier version of the Sidekick, and inferior to the iPhone/Palm Pre.

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By BrandtTheMan on 9/24/2009 1:48:27 PM , Rating: 2
Pink....? Seriously?

By dubldwn on 9/24/2009 1:48:31 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed. Total deal breaker.

By Mitch101 on 9/24/2009 3:04:27 PM , Rating: 5
Transcript from the Meeting:

MR. PINK: Why am I Mr. Pink?

JOE: Cause you're a faggot.

MR. PINK: Why can't we pick out our own colors?

JOE: I tried that once, it don't work. You get four guys fighting over who's gonna be Mr. Black. Since nobody knows anybody else, nobody wants to back down. So forget it, I pick. Be thankful you're not Mr. Yellow.

MR. BROWN: Yeah, but Mr. Brown? That's too close to Mr. Shit.

MR. PINK: Yeah, Mr. Pink sounds like Mr. Pussy. Tell you what, let me be Mr. Purple. That sounds good to me, I'm Mr. Purple.

JOE: You're not Mr. Purple, somebody from another job's Mr. Purple. You're Mr. Pink.

MR. WHITE: Who cares what your name is? Who cares if you're Mr. Pink, Mr. Purple, Mr. Pussy, Mr. Piss...

MR. PINK: Oh that's really easy for you to say, you're Mr. White. You gotta cool-sounding name. So tell me, Mr. White, if you think "Mr. Pink" is no big deal, you wanna trade?

JOE: Nobody's trading with anybody! Look, this ain't a goddamn fuckin city counsel meeting! Listen up Mr. Pink. We got two ways here, my way or the highway. And you can go down either of 'em. So what's it gonna be, Mr. Pink?

MR. PINK: Jesus Christ, Joe. Fuckin forget it. This is beneath me. I'm Mr. Pink, let's move on.

By mfed3 on 9/24/09, Rating: 0
By MrPoletski on 9/25/2009 9:07:24 AM , Rating: 2
*reservior dogs*

great film...

By ggordonliddy on 9/26/2009 12:39:28 AM , Rating: 2
reservior dogs
I'm not aware of any movie by that name.

By randomposter on 9/24/2009 2:04:58 PM , Rating: 5
Dude, they're all pink on the inside.

By BrandtTheMan on 9/24/2009 2:13:05 PM , Rating: 4
Even in door number 2?

By DEredita on 9/24/2009 2:21:56 PM , Rating: 5
Yea, if it is any other color when entering, you're doing it wrong.

By elessar1 on 9/24/2009 4:29:08 PM , Rating: 2
or trying to hard...

By Samus on 9/24/2009 5:09:00 PM , Rating: 4
"Why are you eating my asshole?"

"Because your pussy tastes like shit!"

By rippleyaliens on 9/25/2009 2:57:57 PM , Rating: 2
OMFG.. that was funnier than ............
I actually choked on my cigarette and coffee.... WELL thats another keyboard..

By Icehearted on 9/24/2009 9:10:23 PM , Rating: 4
I love this thread.

Anyhoo, I don't care what they name it, if I like the phone I like the phone.

By therealnickdanger on 9/24/2009 10:28:27 PM , Rating: 4
Yeah, "Pink" is just the code name. All i need to know is if these run on Tegra and if they are CDMA. If so, instant purchase for me.

By FITCamaro on 9/24/09, Rating: -1
By KentState on 9/24/2009 2:10:04 PM , Rating: 2
They are both called Pink phones, while the first one is the Turtle and the second is the Pure.

By FITCamaro on 9/24/09, Rating: 0
By strikeback03 on 9/24/2009 2:08:00 PM , Rating: 2
Was pink a codename or something?

By stromgald30 on 9/24/2009 4:54:29 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, Pink is the codename for the Microsoft's phone project. I don't think it's the final name for the phones unless they're trying to tie it into "bing" branding.

By Jackattak on 9/24/2009 2:31:21 PM , Rating: 3
Sarcasm FAIL. Where have you lived, under a rock for the past year? "Pink" has been disclosed as the Microsoft smartphone codename for nearly a year, now.

No phone will be named "Pink". It's just the codename for their smartphone project.

By sprockkets on 9/24/2009 5:06:27 PM , Rating: 3
True, and Apple used the "Pink" codename as well due to engineers being given blue, pink and red index cards to write down stuff they said needed to be done. On the pink card was a next gen OS, one I might add failed.

Found this while "googling" for it.

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