Two shots purportedly showing a Nokia smartphone currently in the works (and in prototype phase) have leaked in China. They’ve been taken down soon after they were posted on a Chinese microblogging site. Some will say that’s proof that they show a real device, but it’s impossible to be sure actually.
Of course, this could just be a differently colored Lumia 800 running a test version of either Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 7.8. We can’t be sure which version of Microsoft’s OS it is, because the new homescreen featuring resizable tiles will be seen in both the new, hot WP8, as well WP 7.8 – which is what current-gen Windows Phones will have to make do with since Microsoft won’t be updating them to WP8.
Another option is that this could be a prototype Lumia 800 that was never released, and someone somehow managed to install one of Microsoft’s latest mobile OS versions on it.
Or it could be that Nokia’s planning to add even more color to the mobile world. And to continue iterating on the N9 design that was received so well by the masses so far. In this case though, perhaps the Finnish company could try and come up with something newer than (literally) last year’s design.
Yet if this is a new device – why is that Windows logo still the old one (used in WP7.x) and not the new, more squarish one found in Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8? Many questions, no answers. So we’ll leave this as is for now. We’ll let you know if we find out more about this device.
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