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Sony's first Windows Phone might be announced at MWC, still a slider

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Sony's first Windows Phone might be announced at MWC, still a slider
Now we've been hearing rumors about an upcoming Windows Phone from Sony since last January, and the company hedged its bets saying it hasn't ruled out the possibility, but is waiting to see how WP catches up.

We might be getting closer to an official announcement, though, as a new prototype picture emerged, and its source claims Sony's first Windows Phone will be announced at MWC. The phone still remains in the slider form factor that we've seen way back last year, when the Sony Ericsson WP handset prototype was codenamed "Julie", and was still a twinkle in Sir Howard Stinger's eye.

Then a side and front view of what seems to be continued work on the Julie project leaked last month, and now we have a look at the back as well as the side-sliding keyboard. The new prototype pics still carry the Sony Ericsson logo, hinting that the first Windows Phone handset of the company might be announced as the last SE phone, if it appears in that form, or if at all, future will tell.

The chiclet keyboard seems well-spaced, shaped in the best traditions of the Xperia pro line, and the back is of a stylish white version that leaks for the first time, reminiscing a great deal of the SE Vivaz pro - a good thing, since our review found its ergonomic shape and island-style keyboard to be very comfy.

Sony's first Windows Phone might be announced at MWC, still a slider
Sony's first Windows Phone might be announced at MWC, still a slider

But let's not get ahead of ourselves - Sony has a press event scheduled for Sunday, and we'll be there, so expect all and every announcements to be relayed to you in due course.

source: WPDang via IT168

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posted on 21 Feb 2012, 06:35 6

1. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


looks like a nice design and form factor from the pictures, but i still don't see the need to include a slider kb. my short time with WP7 showed me how well the predictive text and virtual board worked quite well. looks like MS put some time into it

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 15:15

16. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Disappearing keyboard fix, yet to be rolled out for everyone, is not 100% foolproof. Good remedy, slider keyboard. Honestly though I'm not a fan of sliders but hey it works for many out there. Anyway, bring it on Sony. Invest in WP. Right now there's just too many oem Androids to compete with and so Sony is not winning any races.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 06:42 1

2. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


is the landscape texting available in windows phone?

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 08:36 1

7. kainy (Posts: 165; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


Yes. It is.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 10:36

13. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


well that would be excellent!

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 06:51 3

3. Dimitru (Posts: 40; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


ohhhh looks great,,,

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 07:35 4

4. karanstyle (Posts: 188; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Eagerly waiting for Press report for Sony on this Sunday & for MWC of NOKIA, HTC & SONY.
Who said that "Crap-Sung"? - Hi5 Buddy!

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 08:05 5

5. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1301; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


quite possible caz the first Xperia phone was a windows mobile device

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 08:18

6. Karan_Malhotra (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Windows Phone desperately needed a good phone with physical landscape querty keyboard....just hoping that this phone carries the 2nd gen hardware.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 08:41

8. tezawaly (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Feb 2012)


WPDang's picture looks like the prototype we saw 1 month ago.

http://www.nokiawp.net/3571/ot-more-photos-of-sony-ericsson-windows-phone-7-prototype/

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 09:04 3

9. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I'm puzzle by this news. I remember when Sony said Android was the best OS choice they ever made. Moreover they had issue over the inclusion of Xbox Live. It is a strange, but not impossible.
A Sony design windows phone would be awesome.:)

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 10:37

14. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


i guess if this is realesed. it would be the tango version, the tango version removed the xbox live.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 17:43

17. trumpet116 (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


you misinterpreted. Tango will only remove Xbox live in China.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 09:23 2

10. tigermcm (Posts: 670; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


ooooook so there was a story saying tango will not have xbox live. I only assume if thats true than this has to have tango.....why would Sony put xbox live?

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 17:43

18. trumpet116 (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


you misinterpreted. Tango will only remove Xbox live in China.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 23:18

20. tigermcm (Posts: 670; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


thanks for clarifying now im even more confused

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 09:36 1

11. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1018; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Sony is now in the business of making smart phones and would be wise to make at least one very good model of the Windows smart phone but if I were Sony I would skip making Windows 7.5 Mango smart phones because although microsoft will continue to support them for years , Sony instead should make Windows 8 smart phones because they are top of the line with an OS that makes them more compatible with the Microsoft Windows 8 main desktop/Laptop and windows 8 server operating system that is coming out this year and the Windows 9 OS that will follow them

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 09:48

12. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


This is fun news for WP fans. If Sony is willing to take a shot on a Microsoft branded smartphone, that is the best endorsement of the upside of WP to date. While I fully intended on being all in on a WP8 handset, this may be the first product that makes me regret having my Focus S. I really miss having a physical keyboard, and I think Sony will excel at handsets now that they do not have to answer to Erickson stockholders as well as their own. I am PUMPED to see how this turns out.

A follow up with WP8 on it this winter, a keyboard, and Sony quality may mean HTC, Samsung, and Nokia may have to survive without my cash......

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 10:38 1

15. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 413; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


expand your xperias Sony!!!

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 21:25

19. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I hope that they use the same technology used in Xperia S camera

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 03:22

21. rocketlog (Posts: 26; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Backside looks a lot like the white vivaz pro...

may it rest in peace... ^_^

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