RUMOR: Microsoft to unveil ‘Zune Phone’ on January 7 at CES 2009

“After years of rumors and brusque denials, it appears the Zune phone is the real deal,” Jose Fermoso blogs for Wired. “According to Trip Chowdhry, an analyst at Global Equities Research, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will announce a Zune-style mobile device during his keynote address at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, on January 7, 2009.”

MacDailyNews Take: A lone analyst does not “the real deal” make. Not saying it’s not true or won’t happen, just that it’s specious enough to no use the term “the real deal.” We’ll save that for Microsoft’s press release (for which we fervently pray).

Fermoso continues, “Chowdhry claims that the company’s new centerpiece will combine the best features of the Zune media player with the hardware design of Danger’s mobile Sidekick, in addition to ‘motion enhancement features,’ like an accelerometer.”

MacDailyNews Take: “The best features of the Zune media player.” Would that be the fecal color scheme, the squircle, squirtability, or all three rolled into one brick?

Fermoso continues, “Basically, this means the device will come with a physical keyboard like HTC’s G1 and will likely feature a larger screen to accommodate heavy multimedia elements. And since we’re all here copying each other’s mobile phone features, we’ll be shocked if the Zune phone doesn’t feature multitouch capabilities. This report seems to confirm an earlier one revealing that Microsoft was working on a phone code-named ‘Pink.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Let’s be clear: everyone’s copying Apple’s iPhone. Oh, and by the way, Multi-Touch™ is a trademark of Apple Inc. – May 29, 2008

Fermoso continues, “It’s a long way from Ballmer’s original statement in April 2007 regarding the iPhone: ‘It’s not a concept you’ll ever get from us. We’re in the Windows Mobile business.'”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bernd” for the heads up.]


  1. It would be interesting if the M$ phone was powered by other than Windows mobile……..” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    Just a thought.


  2. I thought Apple had patented MultiTouch capabilities on small devices. Maybe instead it will have Surface© capabilities with numerous integrated cameras under the glass to detect where the user (notice the use of the singular case) is putting his fingers.

    Imagine the gasps of awe when this user pulls the ZunePhune out from the suitcase he uses to carry it. Tens of people will be amazed when this baby is shown off at the Center For Sightless Studies in Redmond.

    I can’t wait for January!

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