Leaked pictures showing the LG Panther smartphone powered by Microsoft's new Windows Phone 7 operating system have been posted on the internet for all to see.
Windows Phone 7 has been in development for some time and it is regarded by many as a make or break release for Microsoft, which has seen its global smartphone market share tumble in recent years.
Early impressions from Pocket Lint, which published the photos and has been given a demonstration of the Panther in action, augur well for its chances.
In an overwhelmingly positive report, the site was especially taken with the software's integration with Facebook as well as its Zune media player functions.
LG will be competing with other manufacturers such as HTC to become the first to launch a smartphone based on the Windows Phone 7 platform. This battle may eventually mean very little to the consumer, as Microsoft has made sure that from a technical point of view most Windows Phone 7 smartphones will be indistinguishable.
In the run up to Christmas 2010 the first Windows Phone 7-based mobiles should begin to appear and more details about Microsoft's smartphone renaissance should be available nearer to the time.
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