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LG Set To Unveil Windows Phone 7 Panther Handset

Pictures of the the LG Panther, the company's first Windows Phone 7 smartphone, have emerged online courtesy of Pocket-lint's Rik Henderson (opens in new tab) who managed to get a glimpse and play with the phone at a recent Microsoft event.

Hardware wise, the phone comes with a five-megapixel camera, possibly a Qualcomm 1Ghz SoC, a large multitouch capacitive 800x480 display and a slide out QWERTY keyboard plus all the cool features one can expect from the Windows Phone 7 platform; Silverlight, Bing, XNA, Microsoft Office, Zune and Xbox Live.

Interestingly, Microsoft also threw an excellent Facebook integration with contacts' latest updates displayed next to their numbers in the phone book.

Alex Reeve, Microsoft's UK Mobile Business Group director, told Pocket-Lint that the company would be bringing Zune Store in the UK by the time it is launched which will allow customers to download media files including music files. Whether it means that the excellent Zune Pass will be in the bundle remains to be seen.

Microsoft's share of the global smartphone market has been steadily falling to, under 7 percent, for a number of reasons (which we mentioned here) and it is the software giant's hopes that the new OS will help its fledgling mobile area.

(Picture Courtesy of Pocket-Lint)

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.