Microsoft unveils first Windows Phone 7 prototype

Microsoft has taken the wraps off the first prototype device running its revamped Windows Phone Series 7 platform. The device, made by LG, features a slide-out Qwerty keyboard.

Aaron Woodman, the director of the mobile communications business for Microsoft's consumer experiences product management team, unveiled the device during a visit with the blog Engadget. Not much is known about the specific hardware specs of the device, which may or may not wind up in production, but the blog reports that the phone has a 5-megapixel camera with flash and a headset jack. The phone is said to be slightly thicker than the iPhone and Nexus One, and comes with dedicated home, back and search buttons.

After losing momentum in the smartphone operating system market, Microsoft is trying to storm back this year with its redesigned mobile platform. The company rolled out the new platform last month at the Mobile World Congress trade show, and it was greeted with largely positive reviews. Windows Phone 7 breaks with the software giant's past Windows Mobile efforts and runs on a tile-based user interface. The OS also features "hubs," which integrate related content from the Web, applications and services.

For more:
- see this Engadget post
- see this IntoMobile post
- see this ElectricPig post

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