updated 08:20 pm EDT, Wed September 23, 2009
Microsoft Pure and Turtle images
A handful of images have leaked of what are widely believed to be the first Microsoft-branded phones. The renderings slipped out by Gizmodo appear to confirm the Turtle, a vertical QWERTY slider that also appears to have a touchscreen, as well as the Pure, a more conventional touchscreen with a side-sliding keyboard. Both have a very rounded design influenced by Sidekick creator Danger, which Microsoft bought out last year, and an interface mockup that borrows heavily from the visual style of the Zune HD.
Little else has been given by the source for the supposed images, although both the Pure and Turtle have previously been pinpointed as co-designed by Sharp and fitting into Microsoft's Pink platform. This would incorporate elements of Zune design on top of Windows Mobile and may have specific hardware guidelines, such as a fast processor, a high-resolution touchscreen and more typical smartphone features like GPS and Wi-Fi.
Their launch info is still a mystery, though Windows Mobile 7 isn't due to ship until the second half of 2010 and is the most probable time frame for Pink to appear.