Ready for some more delicious Zune / Windows Mobile rumors after today's June Zune letdown
? Well buckle up -- the always-sharp Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet
says she's got specs for Windows Mobile 7 Chassis 1, the heart of that rumored "Pink"
smartphone, and they're pretty wild. According to the list, Chassis 1 phones will all have 3.5-inch or larger multitouch displays with ARM v6+ processors and OpenGL ES 2.0-compatible graphics hardware, 256MB or more of RAM and 1GB or more of storage, as well as at least a 3 megapixel camera, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, a compass, and accelerometer. Oh, and glory be -- a 3.5mm headphone jack is required. Here's the kicker, though: NVIDIA's Tegra
platform is specifically listed as meeting the core CPU requirements, as well as TI's OMAP 3 platform
and "Qualcomm 8k," which sounds to us like Snapdragon's
QSD8xxx-series chips. If you've been following along, you know that all three of these (Tegra in particular
) have been bandied about as potential Microsoft phone platforms, so it makes perfect sense to us that Microsoft's giving its hardware partners a choice of currently-available high-powered platforms for Chassis 1 -- especially since we've been hearing lots of whispers
based on these chips in the works.
Here's the thing, though: we've also always been told that "Pink" is the codename for Zune software and services on Windows Mobile
, so something tells us that Chassis 1 phones running Windows Mobile 7 will feature a strong dose of Zune flavoring -- a plan Steve Ballmer's repeatedly confirmed
in the past year. So how do we think this all fits together? Well, we'll slightly revise our previous totally crazy, off-the-wall prediction
: we think "Pink" is the codename for a new consumer-focused version of Windows Mobile that integrates Zune services, running not only on a touchscreen Zune HD
, but on several third-party phones. Are we crazy? Yes, absolutely -- but you've got to admit the pieces are coming together.