Microsoft is known for its PC, not for Phone, so don’t be surprised if you see a Microsoft Smartphone competing at the market probably next year. They have a head start and some experience in the mobile business. Windows Mobile will go to version 6.5 and then 7.0 but what about the rest? If they can outplay Apple iPhone which I think possible since they are Microsoft they have been in business for long time, except for the line of Phone.
Considering the Zune, maybe a view on it is that will Microsoft just upgrade a Zune to be a phone, like what an iPod to iPhone? The answer, yes it not a Zune; the smartphone will be built on NVIDIA’s SoC Tegra chip or system-on-a-chip platform. The Tegra APX 2500 is the chip for the phone and it has a 600 MHz MPCore Processor, up to a 12-megapixel camera support, GeForce ULV support for OpenGL ES 2.0 and up to 720p H.264 decoding. The NVIDIA nPower technology will get you over 10 hours of HD video playback and about 100 hours of audio.
Smartphone competitions are getting hotter since rivals are built in start of their line of businesses, Apple vs. MS. Lets see 2009 we should have the first Microsoft smartphone ready to compete against Apple’s third generation iPhone? If you would be given a chance free or not, are you willing to try MS Smartphone?