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Possible Nokia Windows Phone 8 prototype spotted in the wild

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Possible Nokia Windows Phone 8 prototype spotted in the wild
In most cases, smartphone prototypes and hardware reference platforms don't look particularly pretty, and neither does this mysterious handset that has been spotted at the Microsoft Tech-Ed conference in Amsterdam. The smartphone in question is rumored to be a Windows Phone 8 prototype made by Nokia.

Obviously, the smartphone is alive and kicking, and by the looks of it, Windows Phone 8 is installed on it. Or who knows, it might be an older experimental handset running Windows Phone 7.8.

Possible Nokia Windows Phone 8 prototype spotted in the wild
We cannot really tell with absolute certainty since the redesigned Metro interface, with funkier live tiles and more space on your home screen, will be present on both releases.

Yet don't expect this boxy Windows Phone handset to ever land at your local cell phone retail store. It is most likely made for developers to play with, while the better looking Nokia smartphones are the ones we will get to try out. That, however, will not happen until later this fall.

source: WP7 via WMPoweruser

UPDATE: Yup, turns out this is a Nokia Windows Phone 8 prototype. In fact, it is identical to the unit Joe Belfiore used for his WP8 demonstration at the Microsoft Developer Summit last week.

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posted on 28 Jun 2012, 06:38 5

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Looks thick, slide out keyboard maybe?

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 07:06 2

6. Skoll (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


if only it were true :/

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 07:30 5

7. maverick786us (Posts: 117; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


If it is thick, it might be a stripped down version of PureView camera

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 13:54

16. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)


keep dreamin'

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 14:43

17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5540; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it may just be a Test Device much like that Samsung that was used for WP7.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 06:41

2. sbr999 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)


That's used to demo the new stuff.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 06:43

3. saurabhstark (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Nov 2011)


I hope nokia's WP8 phone is not this one...it's ugly & thick...

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 06:49 9

4. Life_Engineer (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Hehe it looks like iPhone! I can smell a lawsuit coming...
U don't need that Nokia! U have enough trouble...

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 13:18

15. haseebzahid (Posts: 1801; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


lol tahts demo phone this is what Nokia will replay to Apple

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 06:54 3

5. Osman (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 May 2012)


lol people its a prototype or u can say they had to make a prototype to check their progress! its not gonna b in market...

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:19

14. snowgator (Posts: 3187; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I guess whatever it takes to keep WP8 and Nokia in the news!!

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 07:46 2

8. aayupanday (Posts: 455; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


That's gotta have a Snapdragon S4 ticking inside it !

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 08:06

9. mattmurs (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


If the phone is real, I just wonder how many lawsuits Nokia will have to go through to actually release it, since the whole design looks like an iPhone 4 just a bit thicker!!!

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 08:33

10. StreetNerd (Posts: 700; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


its an old prototype, u see the old windows logo? ;)

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 08:39

11. mercorp (Posts: 967; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


No lumia 1000?
:(

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 08:39 2

12. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)


Looks like an iPhone to me.

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 09:04

13. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 137; Member since: 03 May 2012)


too ugly to be a real nokia

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 15:13

18. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


cant be mistaken for an iphone plus apple doesn't have the balls to sue Microsoft they already pay them for the ipod and ipad

posted on 28 Jun 2012, 15:32

19. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)


its surely not what nokia is gonna release, nokia does far better designs then this....this just a test for the os

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