Microsoft Arc Touch mouse leaked in Germany?

Reports of a new Microsoft Arc mouse leaked around the Web.

Ever-handy with Google Translate, Engadget has a story from German tech site Winfuture.de regarding a seemingly likely leak of a new Microsoft Arc Touch mouse. Winfuture cites German retailer Notebooksbilliger as the originating source by way of a premature listing on its site, although Engadget and others have been tracking rumors of the mouse for the past few months.

Microsoft's apparently new Arc Touch Mouse, as uncovered by German tech site Winfuture.de.
Microsoft's apparently new Arc Touch Mouse, as uncovered by German tech site Winfuture.de. Winfuture.de

The product shots, which Winfuture seems to have grabbed from Notesbookbilliger before the retailer removed the listing, indicate a core design not entirely unlike Microsoft's original Arc mouse. Rather than folding into itself like the original, the new model looks to be able to lie flat.

According to the description on Winfuture, the Arc Touch Mouse isn't as touch capable as Apple's Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad. Rather, it has a touch-responsive scrolling tab, along with standard sensor-based cursor tracking, in this case by way of Microsoft's BlueTrack tech . We've seen touch scrolling as long ago as 2004, so if that describes the bulk of this mouse's touch elements, it's not exactly revolutionary. In that event the adjustable heel of the mouse would be the more interesting feature, since it allows you to customize the look and feel of the device without messing with a bunch of accessory pieces.

The new mouse looks to feature a convertible design for customized feel and easy portability.
The new mouse looks to feature a convertible design for customized feel and easy portability. Winfuture.de

Reports on pricing and timing for the mouse vary. Winfuture reports a 69.99 Euro price tag with a ship date of 5 to 10 business days. A cached listing at Amazon Canada lists the Arc Mouse Touch for $79 Canadian, and lists a release date of October 7.

Microsoft hasn't responded to our requests for comment, but Engadget has reported on twitpics from Microsoft Hardware's official twitter account, and the shots match the leaked images pulled from Notebooksbilliger. All signs suggest we'll see more of this product in an official capacity before too long.

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Rich Brown is an executive editor for CNET Reviews. He has worked as a technology journalist since 1994.

 

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