Could Microsoft have a dual-curved Lumia edge-like phone in the works?

Could Microsoft have a dual-curved Lumia edge-like phone in the works?
The curved display is slowly becoming a buzzword as of late. The concept was introduced by Samsung with the Galaxy Note Edge, back in September, and was truly popularized with the introduction with the attractive Galaxy S6 edge. In fact, the design turned out to be so desirable that demand for the curvy phone, reportedly, caught Samsung off-guard, forcing the manufacturer to re-balance the quotas and suppliers between the regular S6 and the edge variant.

Of course, other manufacturers also see the viability in the futuristic arching glass – LG, for one, has been spotted to showcase a secret prototype of an edge-like handset at this year's CES, but it was eyes-only for select partners.

Well, it seems that LG was not the only one making strides in this direction – a recently leaked Nokia glass panel shows that the company may have had a prototype for a curved-display design at some point before the Microsoft acquisition deal was finalized. What we have is a photo, posted by editor of prominent leakster website nowhereelse.fr, which shows a part of the front panel of what was obviously meant to be a Windows smartphone. We can catch a glimpse of a pretty dramatic arch on the left of the panel, suggesting that it was meant for a phone that would have edge-like looks, or even functionality, on at least one side of its screen.

The panel is inscribed with the address to Nokia's website proto.nokia.com, which is why we believe that it's safe to assume that the device was to be built by Nokia pre-acquisition. Now, whether the experiment was scrapped at some point, or is further developed by Microsoft, remains to be seen. If it just so happens that Redmond has an edgy Windows phone in the works, the soonest we may see it is some time after the Windows 10 release, as Microsoft has said that the next Lumia flagship will be announced once the operating system update is done.


via: NeoWin

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12 Comments

1. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

probably old stuff.

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Probably old stuff you say, yes it might be but this means Nokia was busy developing new stuff. And curved displays are pretty new in smartphone world, so your comment probably old is not suited in this situation!

6. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

It is, phonearena cropped it out but in other photos it says proto.Nokia.com at the bottom of the bezel

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Says nokia so its most likely an old prototype front panel. but that doesn't mean microsoft isn't working on a curved edge or bezel-less phone, because that seems to be the next new trend among smartphones.

4. mokhtar

Posts: 405; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

they should improve their os first ..

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

they already have its called windows 10 lol

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Improve what? Runs best without the need for heavy hardware, security is great, smooth, and does 99% of what normal people need every day. Now if you are referring to apps, call the devs, they are the ones that do it not MS.

11. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

You're right about how nice wp runs. Since lack of apps is the main reason consumers don't buy a windows phone, Microsoft needs to do whatever it takes to get those top hundred apps on their devices.

7. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Nokia was first to show curved screen since 2010/2011 but it was for meego/maemo smartphones, i think they cancel that project after joining microsoft. http://rack.2.mshcdn.com/media/ZgkyMDEyLzEyLzA0LzQ5L25va2lhc2hvd3NvLmJ5NS5qcGcKcAl0aHVtYgk5NTB4NTM0IwplCWpwZw/9584335c/d69/nokia-shows-off-flexible-mobile-device-of-the-future-videos--29cb64538a.jpg

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

#Bendgate

10. Amiafanboy

Posts: 67; Member since: May 27, 2015

Okay, im not sure if it is context but can someone clarify whether a manufacturer could use a adreno 430 gpu with a snapdragon 808 chip?

12. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

I thought nokia went away from windows phones? Either old or fake

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