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Microsoft Project Pink smartphone may debut at Mobile World Congress, says Analyst

Microsoft’s Project Pink smartphone has been rumored for months, although the company has habitually refused to comment on the rumors to me or anyone else. But, Microsoft’s own branded smartphone may soon be upon us, at least according to one analyst “We expect Microsoft to debut its long-rumored ‘Pink’ phone within the next two months,” Jefferies & Co. analyst Katherine Egbert wrote in a Jan. 19 research note. “We believe the phone will be based on Windows Mobile 7, which has not yet been made generally available.” Egbert added that the device would likely make its debut at either February’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona or else at March’s CTIA in Las Vegas. Furthermore, “We think Microsoft is partnering with a few OEM manufactures to create the Zune-like phone, which includes 720p HD video and at least a 5-megapixel camera.” Windows Mobile 7 could include premium mobile services such as “a Zune video store and music subscription/purchasing … [and] it could include social networking apps like Xbox Live, Facebook and Twitter.”

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