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Nokia prototype phone leaks in photos, but isn't what you think

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Nokia prototype phone leaks in photos, but isn't what you think
Will we ever see the launch of another smartphone bearing the Nokia brand? Right now, that's a question we can't answer with absolute certainty, as much as we wish it wasn't so. What we're sure about, on the other hand, is that this won't be the device to bring Nokia back into the smartphone market. Not by a long shot.

The photos below just popped up on the web, and in them appears a mysterious Nokia-branded handset. We're not calling the photos fake or anything, as a closer inspection doesn't reveal any signs of doctoring. The device seems to be a prototype of some kind, judging by what's inscribed on its back. We see a camera paired with an LED flash, as well as a pair of stripes, which could be part of the antenna design if the phone we're looking at is metal-made.

But it is more important to know that we're not dealing with a smartphone at all. This Nokia prototype is a feature phone – as in a feature phone with a keypad and a small, non-touch display. That became clear after we came across an image of the front of the device (see slide #4 for a clearer look). 

So, what should we make of all this? One possible explanation of this phone's existence is that it might be an old prototype – one that got axed during Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's mobile device business. It might also be a feature phone that Microsoft plans on launching under the Nokia brand, although the "property of Nokia" label on its back makes this very unlikely. On a related note, Nokia is restricted from using its brand on feature phones until 2024, as part of its deal with Microsoft. The brand may appear on smartphones once 2016 is out, but this, clearly, won't be one of them. 

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posted on 11 Jan 2016, 05:35 1

1. King_bilo (Posts: 114; Member since: 20 May 2015)

Could've been a little more creative Nokia..

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 05:51 2

2. ibend (Posts: 6610; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)

plot twist : it will use symbian...

btw, that phone look like some cheap feature phone.. nothing to see here

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 06:38

3. fly2click (Posts: 41; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

This might be a very old leak. I can see on one of the photos says Yuan and 200(one letter hidden) and its an year. So this must have been a leaked image of a phone that was under production in between 2000 to 2009. It makes no damage to Nokia though. LOL

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 06:39

4. Rafishant (Posts: 362; Member since: 13 Oct 2015)

This isn't a Nokia make for sure, even the logo doesn't seems to be original. It doesn't look like an original logo and can identify that on the first glance itself. Also this never was a Nokia's design and it never will be one. Simply, it has a Nokia word written on it, but not the logo.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 08:36 1

6. WhyAlwaysMe (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Dec 2015)

i like to have qwerty phone from Nokia just like E series..... to use as secondary phone

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 11:30 1

7. DirtyDan23 (Posts: 280; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)


posted on 11 Jan 2016, 13:00

8. Baracus (Posts: 223; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)

Still waiting for this rumoured modern version of the unbreakable Nokia 3310.

posted on 11 Jan 2016, 21:52

9. joey_sfb (Posts: 6533; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Do look like a Symbian phone. I want it!

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 00:36

10. lakki369 (Posts: 114; Member since: 10 Apr 2015)

That may be a prototype variant of already released Nokia 230...!!

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 00:40

11. AtifHamza (Posts: 3; Member since: 22 May 2015)

This is actually nokia 230 a feature phone and it is launched here in pakistan and is priced at US$65

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 05:02

12. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

if I remember correctly 2016 was the time Nokia & Microsoft agreed Nokia could make smart phones
again so anything goes folks. Nokia always made good feature phones. that is a good place for Nokia to star a comeback. as far as smart phones are concerned Microsoft's Windows 10 mobile is free for them to use. Nokia could go Android but would have to pay Microsoft some royalty fees

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