Microsoft's project "Pink" specs revealed?

Over the past week there have been a ton of rumors in relation to a variety of Microsoft's upcoming products and services. The folks up in Redmond have been hard at work for over a year on a top secret project codenamed "Pink". We get the question all the time, "What exactly is 'Pink'?" The people working on the project have been extremely quiet, not much is known except that the device isn't going to be manufactured by Microsoft.

A few weeks ago The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft and Verizon were in negotiations on launching project "Pink". Today another rumor has surfaced thanks to our good friend Mary Jo Foley. She's apparently received the following specifications for the WM7 chassis, which will be the core for Microsoft's project "Pink".

Core requirements:
Processor: ARM v6+, L2 Cache, VFP, Open GL ES 2.0 graphics HW (QCOM 8k, Nvidia AP15/16 and TI 3430 all meet spec)
Memory: 256MB+ DRAM, 1G+ Flash (at least 512MB fast flash – 5MB/s unbuffered read @4K block size)
Display: WVGA (800×480) or FWVGA (854×480) 3.5" or greater diagonal
Touch: Multi-touch required
Battery: Sufficient to meet Days of Use LTK requirements.
Controls: Start, Back, Send and End are required (soft controls allowed as long as they are always present).

Peripherals:
Camera: 3MP+, flash optional, 2nd camera optional (VGA resolution sufficient)
GPS: aGPS required
Sensors required: Light Sensor, Compass (3 axis, 5 degrees, 100 Hz sample rate), Accelerometer (3 axis, 2mg resolution, 100 Hz sample rate)
USB: High speed required, 20 MB/s transfer rate.
BlueTooth: BT2.1 required, must run MSFT BT stack, CSR BlueCore6 or later recommended.
Wi-Fi: 802.11B/G required, must run MSFT Native Wi-Fi stack, Atheros 6002 or Broadcomm 4325 recommended.
Connectors: Micro USB and 3.5mm Audio required.

Options:
FM tuner: If tuner HW is present it will be detected and supported by the Media application.
Haptics
SD Card (Micro SD recommended)
DPAD, qwerty or 12/20 key keyboards all optional

Microsoft's project "Pink" isn't going to be released anytime soon; however sources close to the team have told us that the device itself is ready for manufacturing stage. No word on who is going to manufacture it. It might be premature to say this, but this device is going to rock if you're a Zune fan: Windows Mobile 7, Zune software integration, Windows Mobile Marketplace, and MyPhone services are just the tip of the iceberg.

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Peripherals:
Camera: 3MP+, flash optional, 2nd camera optional (VGA resolution sufficient)

What's this? The device can use 2 cameras at the same time? When would anyone need that?

The Nintendo DSi has 2. One faces you so it's convenient to snap shots of yourself. The other camera is on the lid and faces away from you when opened you can snap like a regular camera.

seems pretty interesting.. i would like to see capacitive touch screen under core requirements so we can be done with the need for a stylus and resistive touch screens

There are no commercially available products that I'm aware of that use a resistive multi-touch screen. It is possible to build one, but so far most multi-touch systems have used a capacitive touch screen.

Good lord no! If there's one thing thats been keeping me away from the iphone its the capacitive touch screen. Give me a decent resistive screen any day.
The keyboard on the iphone practically always gets the wrong letter for me if its anywhere off centre, where as my winmo phone (TouchHD) is much better for typing on (albeit needing a firmer press).

lol, well to each their own then. i absolutely cannot stand resistive screens for anything, let alone trying to type on one.

it seems all the newer multitouch screens like mentioned earlier are capacitive. iphone,BBstorm,dream,magic

MrChris2000 said,
Good lord no! If there's one thing thats been keeping me away from the iphone its the capacitive touch screen. Give me a decent resistive screen any day.
The keyboard on the iphone practically always gets the wrong letter for me if its anywhere off centre, where as my winmo phone (TouchHD) is much better for typing on (albeit needing a firmer press).


Yeah your completely wrong, the difference between using a physical keyboard and an on-screen keyboard is the on-screen keyboard learns how you type just like you get used to it while a physical keyboard does not learn how you type and only does what it is supposed to do, it is up to you to get used to the physical keyboard. I hate using other iPhones and iPod Touches simply because my iPod Touch 2G has a dictionary full of words I use and also knows what I'm trying to say. I can type extremely fast and without it's learning feature, I would be typing **** all over, but my iPod Touch corrects all of my mistakes and learns new ones everyday. I know phones and other devices that have physical keyboards almost all have dictionaries, but they are all the old-fashion design dictionary, they correct words, they don't know how big fingers are, or have the ability to determine what letter you want. On-screen keyboards have to determine what letter you want, they figure it out eventually, but with physical keyboards, what you press is what you get. Point is, you can't get that with pressing keys on a screen or anything, you have to move to the groove lol, it's so much easier and faster, and you have to spend time teaching the dictionary, and also make sure it does not get reset, eventually you will just be tapping away and pressing just makes it slower for you, I tryed using a Blackberry Storm and it sucks with the pressing keys, very difficult for me.