The White Whale! The White Whale! After an early false start, followed by an early outing by the Bluetooth SIG, the Armani-Samsung Windows phone has arrived.

As it happens when you get a designer phone, you get a designer price. A little more thatn $1,000 gets you a sliding QWERTY Windows Mobile 6.5 Professional phone with a 3.5-inch tilting AMOLED display, a 5-megapixel camera, 8GB on board, GPS, MicroSD, you know, all the usuals.

And Microsoft's making this launch into a Big Deal, with none other than CEO Steve Ballmer on hand. Peep the videos after the break.

Reuters via Engadget Mobile