Microsoft’s long-rumored ‘Pink’ phone project has started to get up again. In a note to clients few days back, Jefferies analyst Katherine Egbert claimed that Microsoft is gearing up to launch a phone based on Windows Mobile 7.
“Our recent industry checks indicate Microsoft will be debuting its own phone sometime in the next two months,” Egbert writes. “We expect the new phone to debut soon, at either the Feb 15-18 Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona Spain, or possibly at CTIA in Las Vegas one month later.”
And today, Spanish blog MuyComputer claims that Microsoft will present the “Zune Phone” this February, at the MWC 2010 in Barcelona. According to them, The Zune Phone presentation at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress 2010 is 100% confirmed.
It will boast a 5 megapixel camera and support 720p HD video and some music subscription/purchasing scheme. Beyond that, not much is known
“We don’t have any information about the cost of the Pink phone, nor do we know what service providers might be partnered with Microsoft,” she explains. “Revenue from the phone is also very unlikely to be meaningful for many years. However, the new phone might explain why Microsoft has allowed WinMo to dwindle to <10% mobile OS market share. Pink would be the ‘third screen’ (after Windows and Xbox) and final component in Microsoft’s “3 screens and a cloud” strategy.”