Unreleased Nokia Windows Phone 8 handset leaks with physical QWERTY in tow

Unreleased Nokia Windows Phone 8 handset leaks with physical QWERTY in tow
Amid the excitement generated by the physical QWERTY keyboard on the BlackBerry KEYone, a leak has revealed that back in 2012, Nokia had a Windows Phone powered handset prepped for the business market. Featuring a front-facing physical QWERTY keyboard, the handset ran an early version of Windows Phone 8 but was never released. The unit was known as the Nokia RX-100, and photographs of the phone have been discovered on a website in China. The device does show a  resemblance to the 2011 Nokia E6, which also was equipped with a physical QWERTY keyboard, but was powered by Symbian.

The Nokia RX-100 carried an AMOLED display and had 2GB of  native storage inside. The physical QWERTY was made up of 39 keys without a dedicated numbers row. Back in 2012, there was speculation that Nokia was spending time at MWC trying to get U.S. carriers interested in offering the model. Of course, that never happened. As a result, the Nokia RX-100 became one of those unreleased phones that never got a chance to show the public what it could do.

Check out images of the Nokia RX-100 by simply clicking on the slideshow below.


source: MSPowerusers

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25 Comments

1. fyah_king unregistered

No!!!

2. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

Two things obsolete here, the physical keyboard and windows OS.

4. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

*three

8. JcHnd

Posts: 280; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Physical keyboard obsolete? hahaha

10. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

agreed, has much as i will NEVER buy a phone with one, We got a LONG ways to go before those become obsolete.

16. sockergris

Posts: 57; Member since: May 13, 2017

Yes, physical keyboard on a smartphone is obsolete. Tell me one thing it can do better than an onscreen one.

17. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Keyboard shortcuts.

20. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^ As well as more accurate typing.

24. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

On Blackberrys you can use the keyboard as a trackpad. Since you can't even do that on a vkb let me flip the script on you. What can a vkb do that a physical one can't? Go ahead, I'll wait.

3. jacobian

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 17, 2017

although this phone has a physical keyboard the real sin that nokia committed was giving it windows OS

5. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They didn't have a choice. Besides, how'd that Symbian thing work out for them?

7. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Then what about Meego? It has a lot more potential than WP.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Yeah, what about Meego? It was one and done. webOS had a longer life span and was 10 times better.

18. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

webOS was 10x better. VIVA WEBOS!

25. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

you really need to do some reading before typing misinformed comments like that

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they can save their ass if they adopt android sooner... like 5-7 years sooner..

6. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

That $#!T is ugly...and needs to go on a diet

12. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Did you even read the date

13. Bernoulli

Posts: 4360; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

This is faker than a 3$ bill, it's nothing but a lumia 630 embedded in a different shell with a qwerty, you can see the inner edges and also 2 front cameras, seriously?

19. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

But 1/3 of the screen is missing.

14. skips

Posts: 480; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

*windows phone 7.8

15. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Terrible.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

I call this BS... A fake leak, that is.

22. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

Move on MS.

23. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 2010

Put a customizable RGB physical keyboard on an android and I'll buy it as my second phone.

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