If you're expecting a Windows Phone 7 enabled device by this year, it could be a reality. Though we're sure that Microsoft's OEM partners have already developed and tested some of its existing and upcoming devices with Windows Phone 7, the first sighting of such a device came from a LG pre-production unit. From what it can be seen, the unit conforms to all of Microsoft's requirements for the Chassis 2 setup, what with a QWERTY keyboard and touchscreen bundled together.
Engadget - Microsoft's Aaron Woodman just pulled off a little surprise here at The Engadget Show: he brought out LG's Windows Phone 7 Series pre-production prototype! The QWERTY slider is the first branded Windows Phone 7 Series device the world's ever seen, and while the hardware and software are both obviously early, we can tell you a few things about it: it's just a hair thicker than an iPhone or Nexus One, there are dedicated hardware camera, volume, and power buttons in addition to the back, home, and search buttons dictated by Windows Phone 7 Series, and we noticed a five megapixel camera with a flash on the back, along with a headphone jack.
We'll be keeping a close watch on not only LG, but all other manufacturers in the months to come. In the meantime, check out the shots and video of this LG unit with Windows Phone 7 here.