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Microsoft Smartphone Confirmed?

A few days months ago, Stacey reported on the rumors that Microsoft (s MSFT) is building a Microsoft-branded smartphone based on Nvidia’s (s NVDA) Tegra chipset. It seems those rumors might be true. Doug Freedman, chip analyst with research firm Broadpoint AmTech, wrote in a note to his clients this morning (emphasis mine):

we have been able to identify NVDA’s second handset design win for the Tegra Applications Processor (our Jan. 12th note identified HTC). We believe that Tegra is also designed into an upcoming Microsoft smartphone (with a Qualcomm baseband solution). We believe that MSFT may announce one of the new phones at 3GSM.

Freedman goes on to say that the company is looking to support more than just the Windows operating systems and is also looking to support either RIM (s RIMM) or Apple (s AAPL).

Should we have to pick between the two we would favor AAPL support as a building block of Tegra is from PortalPlayer, a past supplier to AAPL iPod products.

It wouldn’t surprise me. At a recent dinner, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was pretty open about his company’s efforts to sell into Apple.

15 Responses to “Microsoft Smartphone Confirmed?”

  1. I know have a in-law who is doing the hardware testing and simulations for the phone, its not a secret and yes it is a Microsoft brand phone.

  2. Lou Covey Sux

    I love how all the apple fan boys can’t stand any other company to come out with products.These guys are so bigotted it is pitiful. You guys should be Part of the Main Stream Media,you are just as biased as they are. APPLE is not god and neither is your BO man so stop drinkin the kool aid dumbasses.

  3. majortom1981

    Screensleuth. Microsoft branded hardware has always been great.

    I have the zune and in my eyes its a much better music player then my mp3 player. (itsa not selling due to no advertising and not being sold in europe)

    I also have a microsoft router which at the time had one of the best signal ranges . The 360 besides its red ring of death is a good console.

    Microsofts problem on most of its products is not the hardware but its Marketing of them.

  4. acheslow

    Is there any other data that leads you to believe this is a Microsoft *branded* smartphone and not just another Microsoft *powered* smartphone (i.e. Windows Mobile)?