Is this Nokia's first Windows Phone 8 device?

Two images of a purported Windows Phone 8 device from Nokia have leaked online. One of the new images shows the new start screen featured in Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.8; the other shows the device's shutdown screen.

Earlier today, WPDang posted images of what appears to be a device featuring a Lumia 800/900-style case in a yellow color identical to one Nokia offers. An engraving at the bottom of the device reads "proto.nokia.com." According to the site, the images were on a Chinese microblogging site called Sina. The user who uploaded images of the device claims it will launch in September, which would mesh with earlier rumors that Nokia's first Windows Phone 8 devices would be revealed on September 5.

While the user who uploaded the device stated it's running Windows Phone 8, it could merely be running Windows Phone 7.8, which will also feature Microsoft's new smartphone start screen. The user who uploaded the images deleted his Sina account following their posting on WPDang.

Via: BGR
Source: WPDang | Image via WPDang

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shamburg said,

If it was black, white, cyan, or even pink, I'd agree.

Who said it was a commercially available unit? Could be an in-house unit.

Tom said,
Unlikely. Looks like they're testing WP7.8 on a Lumia 900.

Certainly more plausible seeing as their other promotional material was noticed to have the new windows logo branding

Mortis said,
All recent Nokia phones look the same.

Which is actually a good thing! The design hasn't got old yet - it's still pretty fresh and I think it can stay in the market for a few more years.

I'm sticking to my initial theory... Its new hardware that will be released on Sept 7 running WP7.8, but since its built off the WP8 chasis, it will be fully upgradable when the WP8 OS goes live in Oct/Nov.

shamburg said,
I'm sticking to my initial theory... Its new hardware that will be released on Sept 7 running WP7.8, but since its built off the WP8 chasis, it will be fully upgradable when the WP8 OS goes live in Oct/Nov.

I doubt they would do that.

thealexweb said,

I doubt they would do that.

Why? Because it would be an inteligent move? The fact that existing devices are not upgrable is really screwing Nokia big time. They need to do something to sell devices between now and the WP8 release and this would allow just that.

shamburg said,
Why? Because it would be an inteligent move? The fact that existing devices are not upgrable is really screwing Nokia big time. They need to do something to sell devices between now and the WP8 release and this would allow just that.

Writing and testing CE drivers for a device that will be upgraded to NT shortly would be a wast of resources.

thealexweb said,

I doubt they would do that.

Yeah, I agree. It would be silly. They'll wait for WP8. I would be surprised if ANY devices are released with 7.8 honestly. It's an update meant for existing customers, not a new rollout...

thealexweb said,
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Incorrect. You cannot upgrade from a hybrid OS to NT. Couldn't be done from Win95 to NT4, from Win98 to Win2K, from ME to XP, or any combination of the above.

Same goes for CE to NT. It's not a matter of wasting resources for soon-to-be obsolete drivers...the upgrade itself cannot be done.

Scorpus said,
Take a good look at the Lumia 800 and 900 and you'll realize this device looks different to both

In what way specifically?

If it's a prototype, things like the logo wouldn't be important. They're probably using recycled parts for the case.

Skwerl said,
If it's a prototype, things like the logo wouldn't be important. They're probably using recycled parts for the case.

Yeah, I'm sure they're just using placeholder stuff at the moment.

Skwerl said,
If it's a prototype, things like the logo wouldn't be important. They're probably using recycled parts for the case.

Agreed.

Clearly not a 900, the glass is curved. But there's enough edge around the glass to hint at a lime green case. Given the old Windows logo, it seems most likely to be an 800 with a case, running 7.8.

Not a Lumia 800 or a 900. The earpiece slit on the 800 is on the casing, not the glass as shown on the photograph. Looking at the spacing of the Back/Window/Search buttons, the proportions reem to indicate that it is a larger phone than the 800. The device seems to have a screen which is curved like the 800, the 900 has a flat screen. Whatever it is, its a different device to those already released.

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