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

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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11 Comments

1. King_bilo

Posts: 115; Member since: May 20, 2015

Could've been a little more creative Nokia..

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

plot twist : it will use symbian... btw, that phone look like some cheap feature phone.. nothing to see here

3. fly2click

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 19, 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

4. Rafishant

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

6. WhyAlwaysMe

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 22, 2015

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

7. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Neato

8. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

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

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Do look like a Symbian phone. I want it!

10. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

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

11. AtifHamza

Posts: 3; Member since: May 22, 2015

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

12. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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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