Microsoft Turtle passes through the FCC?
Renders of Microsoft’s Turtle and Pure phones emerged in September, and as MWC approaches we’ve been waiting for more leaks. It appears that we may have found one today with Sharp’s PB10ZU device that just passed through the FCC.
The PB10ZU is described as a dual-band CDMA slider with Bluetooth and WLAN. But we get the goods from label pics of the device, which show a form factor very similar to renders of the Microsoft Turtle.
Sharp is the manufacturer of the Sidekick phone that was developed by Microsoft’s subsidiary Danger. So, it makes sense that Sharp would also be responsible for upcoming devices from Microsoft.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more, but for now we’re pretty sure that the Turtle has made its first appearance on the FCC.
Update: We’ve taken a closer look at images of the Turtle (thanks to Gizmodo for those) and the Sharp PB10ZU, and highlighted some of the common elements, below. The location of the headset jack (highlighted in orange) and camera (purple) on the Sharp PB10ZU and the Microsoft Turtle are, as far as we can tell, the same on both devices. There is also an unidentified port that appears on the top left of both devices (green).
At this point, it’s pretty clear that the Sharp PB10ZU is the Microsoft Turtle. We’ll likely learn more on February 15th when Mobile World Congress kicks off.