Rumoured Microsoft Project Pink phone "Turtle" confirmed at FCC

Sharp has revealed pictures of the rumoured Microsoft "Project Pink" device 'Turtle' in an FCC filing this week.

Sharp manufactured the original Sidekick for Danger, a company Microsoft acquired in February 2008. Sharp's filing with the FCC, spotted by the folks at Zune Boards, is listed as a "CDMA Slide Phone with WLAN & BT." Sharp have also included one image in the filing that looks identical to the 'Turtle' images revealed last year. Additional images of the phones interior and exterior will remain confidential until March 29. Microsoft employees and Danger employees have been Tweeting #tmdp which appears to be a reference to "Project Pink" as the Tweets all say "From Danger".

"Project Pink" is an internal name used by Microsoft to refer to a set of devices expected to be built from the Windows Phone 7 framework and Microsoft branded but not Microsoft manufactured. In January references to 'Turtle' were found buried deep in the latest Zune software. Pointers to "eEndpointFamilyPmxPure" and "eEndpointFamilyPmxTurtle", the 'Turtle' and 'Pure' devices that leaked in September 2009 were discovered.

The only image included in the FCC filing is shown below. Look similar to the leaked pictures from September 2009? We think so.

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Weird question, but what font is that on the "MICRO-SOFT" icon being used for this article? The really iconic looking 1978 pink retro font?

If these images are real, then the phone should fail miserably.. that looks years behind what is current available...

if the screenshots are real, I hope they fix the layout of the number keys. right now, they are all in one row on the top like on a laptop keyboard.

OMG that's ugly! Does it come with a handle or will that be an accessory? The clam shell comment was right on. Using this will make it look like you are listening for the ocean...
If you are planning on buying this you better look for some clothes with bigger pockets or start carrying a purse. I had my hopes up but I'm not buying that poorly designed piece of cr...errr technology.

As much as I agree that this non-photo is pretty ugly, it reminds me a lot of the Samsung Reclaim, which is actually a pretty cute phone for 'girlie' fashion. If they skin it right, it could do well. It's Project Pink after all, and should come across as pretty feminine.

Considering this appears to be a replacement for the sidekick (So a phone for wanna-be socialites, rappers, and 12 year olds), it might just work.

Draje said,
At least it isn't poop-brown like the first Zune was.

As much as I love my ZuneHD, that brown was terrible. Now anytime someone changes a baby they can say "Oh no, they did a zune! Get me more wipes."

Draje said,
At least it isn't poop-brown like the first Zune was.
lol, yeah, they've learnt from that one It's still a mystery to me why they chose that color. Maybe to be unique. But sometimes there's a reason some colors aren't used. :p

Maybe the final designs, if they are to make it, will change from that old render. I can think of ways of making a good phone with the form factor of the Sharp picture posted in the article.

They better change the look of that phone because I'd rather use it as a skipping stone on the river!

You do realize that render is so horrible the two halves aren't even the same size, right? Wait until we can see something other than a leaked render that doesn't make any sense.

I'm sure there will be a lot of different Windows Phone designs. Thankfully anyway...as this design is one of the worst and cheapest looking I've seen for some time.

satanist said,
There should be a new category for this. How about "dumb-phone"?

That one's already taken my the majority of phones out there.

Reminds me of this:

[img]http://www.zamzamonline.com/catagories/black%20soap/Black%20Soap.jpg[/img]

This is the most soapish phone I've seen since Nokia 3650.

Wait. Don't say just yet. May be this should be the cheapest phone on the market. I mean people don't have to pay 400-600 usd to get a smartphone. But they can pay 50-100usd and still can use a smartphone. This means Microsoft is aimed at lower-tier customers. Just my speculation.

Shayla said,
Guys

Don't judge it 'til you hold it and btw it's still rumour...

Yes, because we need to hold it before our eyes work properly ... Oh no wait.

Digitalx said,
that is definitely one heck of an ugly p-o-s phone thing.

I dont like that design either but remembering back to the post in 2009 regarding these phones, this one http://www.newlaunches.com/entry_images/0909/24/Microsoft_Pink_Phone2-thumb-450x417.jpg did look heaps better out of the two. I hope if they release this project they release both phones. I would probably by the landscape looking one.

team_NOOB said,

I dont like that design either but remembering back to the post in 2009 regarding these phones, this one http://www.newlaunches.com/entry_images/0909/24/Microsoft_Pink_Phone2-thumb-450x417.jpg did look heaps better out of the two. I hope if they release this project they release both phones. I would probably by the landscape looking one.

Even that looks horrible... nokias n97 looks nicer and that's saying something. Microsoft should know very well by now about selling gimmicks.