Here's what Nokia's 'Moonraker' smartwatch looked like before Microsoft killed it off

It remains to be seen whether the smartwatch plans on sticking it out for the long haul, and if it has what it takes to forge a lasting market among digital consumers. Apple is the most recent big-name entrant to join the party, following the likes of Samsung, Motorola and a slew of others, but Microsoft has yet to make much of a statement in the field of wrist-worn gadgetry. Nokia, the company now owned by Redmond, was developing a device codenamed 'Moonraker' before Microsoft decided to put the brakes on it, and now, we've been graced with a supposed press render leak showcasing the device in all of its glory.

As you can see from the images, posted on Tumblr by Microsoft's Pei-Chi Hsieh before being removed, it looked rather similar to the Apple Watch in many respects, opting for that squarish, round-edged appearance. The color options, as we've seen on countless occasions through the Lumia brand, were a little funkier than those of your typical wrist computer, and we suspect that the darker option would probably have been the most popular. 

First spotted by Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), the folks at The Verge suggest the images were intended for marketing, rather than just being concepts. This would indicate that the device itself wasn't far off an official launch before Microsoft decided not to go ahead with it. The Office maker's purchase of Nokia was outed in September of 2013, and early on in 2014 at Mobile World Congress, Moonraker was allegedly showcased to a select few behind closed doors. But despite being so apparently close to a grand unveiling, it wasn't to be.

It's a shame that the device, which appeared to offer a neat, Windows Phone-like UI, didn't see the light of day. Other purported features included Facebook and MixRadio integration, and sensors that could supposedly turn the display on or off automatically dependent on whether your arm was raised for usage or down by your side. 

Take a look at the full gallery below, and let us know of your take on Moonraker via the comments.

source: evleaks via VergeNeowin



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

This Ben R. guy is full of attitude when it comes to writing articles, just look at his previous ones. But still a well-written article.

3. ben.r

Posts: 53; Member since: May 29, 2015

I'll take that as a back-handed compliment then! :)

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7577; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This smart watch looks exactly like a Sony SmartWatch 3.

7. waddup121 unregistered

You mean full of ____ Yeah but I agree good article!

24. engineer-1701d unregistered

would have been nice i want the green or orange

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Not that interesting tbh. But then again, what other smartwatch is interesting? None. :DD

4. ben.r

Posts: 53; Member since: May 29, 2015

This is what I was thinking. Nokia / Microsoft may as well have launched it... it'd have been about as unsuccessful and underwhelming as the vast majority of the others.

12. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Speak for Android Wear and Samsung only buddy.

5. csoulr666

Posts: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

I would have bought it...........if it had decent enough functionality and battery life

6. ben.r

Posts: 53; Member since: May 29, 2015

when you look at what's on offer in the smartwatch market right now, good battery life and (any useful) functionality is very much at premium... you'd be lucky!

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Whether a feature is useful or not is subjective. The more important question is whether people will buy it. Most people hold back because most smartwatch are priced too high with limited battery life. Let not forget that Smart Watch is brought back into the scene by pebble success and they are still around so I think they are profitable otherwise we won't get to see their next gen smart watch pebble time. I have quite a number of smart watches myself and i do think they are useful when i wear them.

11. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Right now, the Microsoft band offers the best set of notifications plus fitness for the price. If only it wasn't so uncomfortable!

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I don't experience discomfort with any of my smart watches. Don't know much about Microsoft band.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The band once you get used to it, sounds dumb, but the way it snaps and stays in place is funny. But now wearing it for months, it actually feels funny when it is not on. It is allowed to be snug without killing your wrist. You forget it is on almost all the time till it dings. I have tried bands watches etc, and everyone that knows me knows that I don't wear watches at all, given them a try etc but they end up in my draw or given away. The band felt very funny the first week, after that, nothing but praise imo. I would recommend at all times wearing it with the face inside the wrist, most comfortable there for all things.

19. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

I notice it mostly when typing or using a mouse. Otherwise I love the notifications and fitness sensors better than the original Pebble. Apple watch is out of my price range.

28. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I noticed it the most at work when typing because of the way the keyboard sits. At home my keyboard is nearly on the edge so don't notice it. Not on my mouse hand...I take it you wear it on your right? unless you lefty the mouse. It took about 2 weeks of typing at work to no longer notice it. At first I would take it off and type at work, now I just leave it on. Despite this steep learning curve on how to wear it or forget its there, I think for the money it is the best one a person can buy.

8. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Microsoft should make it

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Look good. A good match for a window 10 phone.

15. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I'm happy that this thing never see the light of the day smartwatches are a total failure and also what should be the watch OS there's no WP watch OS !!!

16. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

So, Microsoft chose to launch their crappy cheap Band? What a good way to ruin a great product, Microsoft.

20. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

Clearly you know very little about the MS Band and its functions. How's that bandwagon?

29. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

if you go to r/microsoftband it hasn't been 6 month and the things is already falling apart for most people but atleast Microsoft is replacing them !

17. LuckySwitz

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Rather buy Pebble Smartwatch..

18. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I like the design of the Watch case but not the band. The Microsoft band 2 is due out later this year. I think it needs a larger screen and a curved back so it fits better on a person's wrist. Future Microsoft smart watch's are said to run Windows 10 as it's OS. Right now they do not. I hope the new Microsoft Band #2 is thinner ,less chunky looking

21. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

#2 looks like Apple watch. Great Job MS!

22. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

This is before the watch. It was supposed to be revealed with the Lumia 930, but was canceled.

23. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

This is from before apple watch, moron....

25. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Spewing this didn't come out, looks like a beast.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Come on PA Microsoft does not own Nokia........why do People think that Nokia is dead and/or owned by Microsoft?

30. gaming64 unregistered

Their mobile division is owned by Microsoft.

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