Microsoft’s secret pink phones pictured here

Concept of Microsoft Pink PhoneConcept of Microsoft PinkPhoneI got this from Ian Paul who has beenfollowing Project Pink at Microsoft. I have to say I love the conceptand can't figure out why others haven't used colour to sell phones.Last Friday Samsung released the Reclaim an IM basedphone that was green and it looked pretty cool. If I was looking atphones the Reclaim would stand out to me.

This is all the info Paul has on the Microsoft PinkPhone: A day after Microsoft'sCourier concept (a double-screen tablet) leaked and surprisedmany with its coolness, Redmond rumors hit the snooze bar again withleaked images of two new Microsoft-branded phones. The images aresupposed to be concepts of two handsets, codenamed Turtle and Pure,that are part of Microsoft's secret “ProjectPink.” The device images were leaked late Wednesday courtesyof gadget blog Gizmodo,which also broke the Courier story earlier this week. Pink RumorsSomeof the rumors coming out with the new images match things we've heardbefore. Turtle and Pure are said to be the work of engineers fromDanger–the makers of the Sidekick handset–which Microsoftacquired last year. The Pink phones may have Zune-likesoftware or at the very least will access the online ZuneMarketplace for music, videos, and other content. Microsoft designedthe hardware, but it will be manufactured by Sharp–the company thatalso made some of the Sidekick phones. Turtle and Pure handsets willfeature the Microsoft and Sharp brand names.Danger Plays it Safe

Judgingby the photos, it doesn't look like the Danger folks were gunning fororiginality when they signed on with Microsoft. The handset that Iassume is called Turtle looks like a smaller version of the Palm Pre,and Pure is just a regular slider phone with round edges. Gizmodo saysMicrosoft designed these phones for the younger set, just like Dangerdid with the Sidekick. Sure, T-Mobile's new SidekickLX sports Exchange support, and maybe the Pink phones willtoo, but Turtle and Pure are supposed to be about entertainment andfun, not business.No word on pricing yet or what any of the specswill be, but it sounds like these phones are getting close toproduction, and may hit store shelves in a few months. Until then, letme know what you think of Microsoft's stab at the multimedia smartphone.

One quick hit before I go. MarcRossi long time executive at Supercomhas left for a product development role at MSI Canada. Marcis a friend of CDN and we wish him all the best.

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