Possible Nokia Windows Phone 8 prototype spotted in the wild

Possible Nokia Windows Phone 8 prototype spotted in the wild
In most cases, smartphone prototypes and hardware reference platforms don't look particularly pretty, and neither does this mysterious handset that has been spotted at the Microsoft Tech-Ed conference in Amsterdam. The smartphone in question is rumored to be a Windows Phone 8 prototype made by Nokia.

Obviously, the smartphone is alive and kicking, and by the looks of it, Windows Phone 8 is installed on it. Or who knows, it might be an older experimental handset running Windows Phone 7.8.

We cannot really tell with absolute certainty since the redesigned Metro interface, with funkier live tiles and more space on your home screen, will be present on both releases.

Yet don't expect this boxy Windows Phone handset to ever land at your local cell phone retail store. It is most likely made for developers to play with, while the better looking Nokia smartphones are the ones we will get to try out. That, however, will not happen until later this fall.

source: WP7 via WMPoweruser

UPDATE: Yup, turns out this is a Nokia Windows Phone 8 prototype. In fact, it is identical to the unit Joe Belfiore used for his WP8 demonstration at the Microsoft Developer Summit last week.

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19 Comments

1. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Looks thick, slide out keyboard maybe?

6. Skoll

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

if only it were true :/

7. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

If it is thick, it might be a stripped down version of PureView camera

16. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

keep dreamin'

17. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it may just be a Test Device much like that Samsung that was used for WP7.

2. sbr999

Posts: 79; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

That's used to demo the new stuff.

3. saurabhstark

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

I hope nokia's WP8 phone is not this one...it's ugly & thick...

4. Life_Engineer

Posts: 37; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Hehe it looks like iPhone! I can smell a lawsuit coming... U don't need that Nokia! U have enough trouble...

15. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

lol tahts demo phone this is what Nokia will replay to Apple

5. Osman

Posts: 44; Member since: May 07, 2012

lol people its a prototype or u can say they had to make a prototype to check their progress! its not gonna b in market...

14. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I guess whatever it takes to keep WP8 and Nokia in the news!!

8. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

That's gotta have a Snapdragon S4 ticking inside it !

9. mattmurs

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

If the phone is real, I just wonder how many lawsuits Nokia will have to go through to actually release it, since the whole design looks like an iPhone 4 just a bit thicker!!!

10. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

its an old prototype, u see the old windows logo? ;)

11. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

No lumia 1000? :(

12. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Looks like an iPhone to me.

13. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 2012

too ugly to be a real nokia

18. tward291

Posts: 559; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

cant be mistaken for an iphone plus apple doesn't have the balls to sue Microsoft they already pay them for the ipod and ipad

19. krimHD

Posts: 106; Member since: May 23, 2012

its surely not what nokia is gonna release, nokia does far better designs then this....this just a test for the os

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