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Images of Sony Ericsson Windows Phone prototype come to light

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Images of Sony Ericsson Windows Phone prototype come to light
Back in the day (June of 2010 to be precise), Sony Ericsson was said to be working on a Windows Phone model with a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard. The device was code named "Julie" which was to feature a 4 inch display and a single-core 1GHz processor. In March 2011, pictures were leaked showing what appear to be that device. Well, poor Julie was shown the door and now, about 18 months later, pictures have been leaked of what could be another Windows Phone prototype for the joint venture.

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Image of "Julie" from March 2011

Two new pictures of a Sony Windows Phone device have been discovered by NokiaWP.net and while not too much is known about the device, the thickness of the handset and the horizontal line that slices the device in two suggests that it is a side-sliding QWERTY keyboard model. Sony (Ericsson) has said it would not develop any handsets using Microsoft's mobile OS after deciding to go with Android and it is possible that we are merely looking at pictures of the canceled "Julie" handset prototype.

On the other hand, NokiaWP.net says that the phone in the picture is running Windows Phone 7.5 which would indicate that some recent work is being done with the unit and with MWC coming up next month in Barcelona, perhaps "Daughter of Julie" may be making the trip. And if you are confused by the Sony Ericsson name on the device, remember that Sony plans on dropping the "E" word from its phones and we already have the first two Sony-only phones: the ion and the Xperia S.

source: NokiaWP.net via WPCentral

Pictures of a Windows Phone prototype for Sony
Pictures of a Windows Phone prototype for Sony

Pictures of a Windows Phone prototype for Sony

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posted on 16 Jan 2012, 19:58 3

1. SGSII (Posts: 53; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

Didn't Sony and Ericsson split? Please explain!

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 20:13 3

4. Birds (Posts: 1171; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)

This phone was before the split.

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 20:07

2. christianqwerty (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 May 2011)

I like the slide keyboard, looks very spacious

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 10:29

21. fleanote (Posts: 50; Member since: 14 Jan 2011)

And this is what all side-sliding QWERTY's are failing miserably at. Phone screens are getting to be 4"+ but the QWERTY pads are getting smaller when there's nothing but key real estate on these devices. I love the space between those keys, and I hope it makes it to market that way.

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 20:10

3. dbparipsa (Posts: 20; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Me too am confused about that. In CES, the official announcement of splitting of SONY and ERICSSON was made (source: PA) and some new devices were announced like Sony Xperia Ion. But, to my surprise, in the first images of the phone from CES posted by PA, I still saw that ERICSSON persistent. I couldn't make head or tail of it.

I hope PA will do away with that confusion that has struck on its readers like me!

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 06:19 1

19. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 258; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)

What was demoed at CES are prototype phones, not final retail units. They do have the "Sony Ericsson" branding, but the final models (ion, Xperia S) that will be available for purchase by the end user will be branded (and distributed) as Sony only.

What we see in this news is also obviously a prototype. If / when it gets announced, we expect it to be a Sony, just as the previous two models.

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 20:21

5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

not bad but the keyboard looks like that on the Kin 2 and it felt like it was built by Playskool.

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 20:28

6. ljruble (Posts: 16; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)

Was the last sentence of the article just added or did you all not read the whole thing?
Looks like a nice phone. I'd like to see Sony make a high end slider for android

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 20:51 1

7. Glim12808 (Posts: 394; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

Like "Julie", this prototype will probably not see the light of day. SonyEricsson already announced way back 2010 they will not release any WP7 phones. Unless of course, Sony (not saddled anymore with Ericsson) decided to reverse that decision. In any case, if released, this will only be the 2nd WP7 phone with a physical qwerty keyboard so maybe a good way to come into the WP7 arena. But this might be the Xperia X2 with an updated Mango OS

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 20:56

8. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Wasn't this last year model that didn't got launch?

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 21:22 1

9. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)

Urm...Sony entering the WP7 phone market...bye bye Lumia :)

posted on 16 Jan 2012, 21:33

10. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Would love to see a Sony effort for WP. Their is a lot of excitement about their products now that they are not saddled with a partner that is only halfway onboard. Be nice to see them compete for both Android and WP.

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 00:17

11. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

Side sliding keyboard and wp7 don't go well together . Side sliding keyboard and android do go well together . Well I hope this sports a 12mp camera like on the satio and LTE

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 00:34

12. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

WTF does a keyboard have to do with an OS!?

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 01:01

13. idgaf (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

In Android when you open a keyboard everything reorients to landscape but in WP7 only a few things go into landscape.

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 01:05

14. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

sooooo the home screen doesnt go to landscape is all I've experienced what else?

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 11:36 1

22. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Also the XBOX live page, the main home page and the secondary home page that lists all your applications and tools as an alphabetical list, and the Marketplace hub, and the Office hub, .......

As much as I enjoy WP, this is a pet peeve of mine. I miss a physical keyboard, and a little more landscape support would encourage more form factors. Portrait sliding keyboards are just not as popular, so those are not readily available.

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 02:10

17. StreetNerd (Posts: 836; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)

and u just used keyboard for typing email and chat lol

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 01:48

15. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

It will not be as useful

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 01:57

16. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

folks Nokia has a following in Japan maybe Windows smart phones are selling well enough in Japan for Sony to make just one model to cash in and make a profit. The
Nokia 900 has sent shock waves out already. Other countries are calling out to sell
the Nokia made for America Nokia Lumia 900 and it will probably sell better overseas then in America because that is were Nokia market strength is Remember Nokia is an international Company

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 02:56 1

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

Sony supporting Windows Phone?
Very little chance, as WP has Xbox Live which is competition to Playstation Network.
Even so if Microsoft remove Xbox Live, i'm not sure they would be willing to support WP.

posted on 17 Jan 2012, 06:38

20. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

ha! you wrote what I was thinking

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