Nokia Windows Phone 7 concepts show a bright future

The Microsoft and Nokia partnership has been making serious waves across the industry. Many readers have pointed out that Nokia has traditionally made solid hardware, but it's the software that is lacking. If that truly is the case, then placing Windows Phone 7 on to Nokia hardware could make for a solid combination for Microsoft and Nokia.

But what would such concept look like? While we wait for Nokia to release some phones running the platform, concept images have surfaced about what the future for Nokia could look like. These are renders and nothing more, but are certainly plausible. Since Nokia and Microsoft are sweeping the news today, we thought we would shares these renders to help put a little visualization to all the news today. The concepts come from EagleEye and he is credited for the work.

Nokia ARES Windows Phone 7:

Nokia EOS:

The concepts show how gorgeous Windows Phone 7 on Nokia hardware could be and what the future may hold. If Nokia can make the above photos come true, then they may have a solid chance at retaining some ground in the smartphone marketplace.

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When I talk to people about phones, usually they're unable to grasp the idea of a Operating system so when I reference Android they say "What's that?" and when I reply back with a few phones with Android on they usually say "Oh! A HTC! Why didn't you just say that?" meaning that HTC is the only manufacture of Android phones.

Maybe we'll see something like that with this.

Tom said,
When I talk to people about phones, usually they're unable to grasp the idea of a Operating system so when I reference Android they say "What's that?" and when I reply back with a few phones with Android on they usually say "Oh! A HTC! Why didn't you just say that?" meaning that HTC is the only manufacture of Android phones.

Maybe we'll see something like that with this.

Man, imagine someone being like OH A SAMSUNG ... would probably take about 30 minutes to narrow it down out of everything samsung makes.

Digitalx said,

Man, imagine someone being like OH A SAMSUNG ... would probably take about 30 minutes to narrow it down out of everything samsung makes.

Yeah doesn't really work with samsung.

However since Nokia make primarily phones it's possible.

All these pics of the Windows Phone 7 OS always show the mail saying Outlook. Does it change to this once it is connected to an Exchange account??

Eddie ELZ said,
All these pics of the Windows Phone 7 OS always show the mail saying Outlook. Does it change to this once it is connected to an Exchange account??

When you set up email on WP7 the tile changes to reflect which one you are using, for example, I only have my Hotmail account set up so the tile displays the Hotmail Logo instead. If you use Exchange then you'll see the Outlook Logo.

If I marry a new phone O/S that is not making any great progress with a once mighty phone handset maker that is in decline do I end up with something greater than both parts?

derekaw said,
If I marry a new phone O/S that is not making any great progress with a once mighty phone handset maker that is in decline do I end up with something greater than both parts?

So your question is; if you marry great software with great hardware will you have a great device? I think the answer is pretty evident.

geoken said,

So your question is; if you marry great software with great hardware will you have a great device?

That's not what he proposed.

Nice pictures!... but, the tiles thing with plain backgrounds, empty spaces and a harsh look all around...?

Nah. In a million years.

thartist said,
Nice pictures!... but, the tiles thing with plain backgrounds, empty spaces and a harsh look all around...?

Nah. In a million years.

You realise that WP7 is out and on devices already, don't you?

I would guess you've never used a WP7 device anyway.

That is a really nice looking phone. A shame it probably wouldn't be out when I am ready to upgrade (When Verizon gets WP7), and there's no way I'm sticking with the phone I have longer than need be...

M_Lyons10 said,
That is a really nice looking phone. A shame it probably wouldn't be out when I am ready to upgrade...

It's a concept render and it's not even from Nokia. It's unlikely that this will ever be out, let alone when you are ready to upgrade.

M_Lyons10 said,
That is a really nice looking phone. A shame it probably wouldn't be out when I am ready to upgrade...

It's a concept render and it's not even from Nokia. It's unlikely that this will ever be out, let alone when you are ready to upgrade.

I would be keen to try it if they could replicate and improve on E7 design and hardware... a good hard slider qwerty is well needed for both WP7 and Android.

Asiri said,
Just me or are we going to see a front-facing camera on the Nokias and a facetime-type app?

Nokia had front facing cameras on the original N95 and probably before that too, as for a facetime I doubt it, I reckon it'll be a skype partnership.

Asiri said,
Just me or are we going to see a front-facing camera on the Nokias and a facetime-type app?

Those look more like Proximity and ambient light sensors on those renders, a requirement for all WP7 devices. Those renders aren't from Nokia though.

WP7 said,

Lets see your effort then as you must be so good at it??

Yes, It is poor man. If u had any relation with CGI u would understand. There's have some problems with materials and smoothness. Maybe it was modeled in Cinema 4D and rendered with C4D AR. It doesn't give pro result always.

WP7 said,

Lets see your effort then as you must be so good at it??


As soon as I'm done, I'll post it. Like was said before me, nothing is smoothed correctly, textures look really bad, shadows are very poor.

Lets see how it works out. If Microsoft can prevent fragmentation like what has happened in Android OS I might finally get a Windows Phone too -- even though I have my reservations about buying anything that has no upgrade path if the manufacturer stops support.

figgy said,
Lets see how it works out. If Microsoft can prevent fragmentation like what has happened in Android OS I might finally get a Windows Phone too -- even though I have my reservations about buying anything that has no upgrade path if the manufacturer stops support.

It's already prevented, so I don't know what you're referring to.

WP7 has been the only phone OS that I could see myself using instead of my iPhone. And with Nokias solid hardware behind it. I could genuinely see myself switching.

Tpiom said,
Apparently Nokia's shareholders don't think they have a bright future:
http://www.businessinsider.com...crosoft-announcement-2011-2

When a company reduces spend, reduces head-count, and basically states a necessity to do something like Nokia are to do, especially off the back of market-share ownership % reduction etc - then the initial reaction is naturally for shares to fall. But remember leading up to the announcement, Nokia shares were rising in value, so I'd be inclined to suggest that overall this will enhance Nokia share value in the long-run.

WP7 said,

When a company reduces spend, reduces head-count, and basically states a necessity to do something like Nokia are to do, especially off the back of market-share ownership % reduction etc - then the initial reaction is naturally for shares to fall. But remember leading up to the announcement, Nokia shares were rising in value, so I'd be inclined to suggest that overall this will enhance Nokia share value in the long-run.

Wait for it to drop a bit more and then time to buy!

I gotta say though, I feel better about a company whose stock declines due to a major roadmap shift than a company whose stock declines whenever its CEO takes a sick day.

Every time I've ever had a Nokia it's been very robust. Sturdy enough to the point where people would say "Ah, it's a Nokia" when the phone would fall etc. I'm hoping to see that Nokia sturdiness on a WP7 smartphone.

It's a good point. I was fine with all the Nokia phones I had in terms of their hardware. With WP7 I would actually consider going back to them.

yowan said,
Excellent Nokia hardware+WP7=Iphone Killer

Noooo!!! Don't say that lol. You're gonna bring all the angry fanboys back and start the whole argument all over again.

External HDD said,
Unless microsoft drops that stupid xbox live connection and add some decent casual gaming and other applications, WP7 will suck...

Ummm.... what? :L There are quite a few casual games any many other applications - what exactly are you talking about?

External HDD said,
Unless microsoft drops that stupid xbox live connection and add some decent casual gaming and other applications, WP7 will suck...

What? Xbox Live is fantastic and there are a ton of great games on WP7.

External HDD said,
Unless microsoft drops that stupid xbox live connection and add some decent casual gaming and other applications, WP7 will suck...

A stupid comment from someone who clearly doesn't own a WP7 device.

The problem is Xbox is not really common outside US and UK. I don't have an Xbox and as far as I see, you can't remove that from the phone and it clutters the main screen.

It is just every mobile OS have some flagship game or application that uses the hardware in a specific phone, I couldn't see any on this. WP7 is pretty much the same in every device. Why would I buy a Nokia instead of a HTC WP7 phone?

Does it offer the uniqueness of iOS? No. Is it more open and customizable like Android? No. I don't see the point in buying any WP7 phone. Unless you consider "copy paste" as a future technology.

External HDD said,
Unless microsoft drops that stupid xbox live connection and add some decent casual gaming and other applications, WP7 will suck...
Doesn't iOS make you sign in to a service that is similar to Xbox Live for some games (like Angry Birds).

zeke009 said,
Doesn't iOS make you sign in to a service that is similar to Xbox Live for some games (like Angry Birds).

Yeah there is some game service like that but not for all games.
There are some workarounds though.

External HDD said,

Yeah there is some game service like that but not for all games.
There are some workarounds though.

Um not all games require you to sign into xbox live. And why are you so bothered about it? It's free...you don't need a gold account to use it.

/- Razorfold said,

Um not all games require you to sign into xbox live. And why are you so bothered about it? It's free...you don't need a gold account to use it.

The thing is, in my country it's not even sold. And it can't be removed. They are just pushing it to the main screen as well.

External HDD said,
Unless microsoft drops that stupid xbox live connection and add some decent casual gaming and other applications, WP7 will suck...

What are you on? There is so much more to WP7 OS that what you're harping on about.

External HDD said,

The thing is, in my country it's not even sold. And it can't be removed. They are just pushing it to the main screen as well.

It can be easily removed from the screen, you clearly have no idea how WP7 works?

dhan said,

It can be easily removed from the screen, you clearly have no idea how WP7 works?

I am in UK, I don't use xbox live, not bothered by it at all & easily realised how to remove it within minutes of switching on phone for 1st ever time....that guy as you said has no idea at all.

External HDD said,

The thing is, in my country it's not even sold. And it can't be removed. They are just pushing it to the main screen as well.
Um like I said you don't need to buy Xbox live... If you don't use Xbox live the hub just acts like a folder for all your games. That's it. If you do use it, you can get achivements in games and see a dancing avatar and a few other things. But you aren't forced to use it or buy the gold sub.

And as for removing it, just press down on the tile and click remove.

External HDD said,
The problem is Xbox is not really common outside US and UK. I don't have an Xbox and as far as I see, you can't remove that from the phone and it clutters the main screen.

It is just every mobile OS have some flagship game or application that uses the hardware in a specific phone, I couldn't see any on this. WP7 is pretty much the same in every device. Why would I buy a Nokia instead of a HTC WP7 phone?

Does it offer the uniqueness of iOS? No. Is it more open and customizable like Android? No. I don't see the point in buying any WP7 phone. Unless you consider "copy paste" as a future technology.

iOS is old dull and boring. WP7 is fresh and new. Android is always changing therefore keeping us on our toes. There's nothing appealing about iOS, at least not anymore.

External HDD said,
Unless microsoft drops that stupid xbox live connection and add some decent casual gaming and other applications, WP7 will suck...

Are you drunk?

I don't know if it's just the shadows but it seems as though the phones are curved toward the outsides making the middle thicker than the edges. It's a very nice phone outside of that and hopefully it's just my eyes playing tricks on me. I'd hate to see that.

dipsylalapo said,

I see that too, but I think that it'd be good to have that. One the gripes that I have with the iPhone 4 is that it's uncomfortable to hold, which is why I prefer the previous model. Well let's hope we see some more likely-to-go-into-production stuff soon

I agree. I like when they design phones like that, it makes it a lot more comfortable in the hands...

ccoltmanm said,
Except i expect to see noticable ui changes. I doubt anything major, but still there.
I don't think they'll be that major ... the previous stories didn't suggest anything very specific apart from some camera stuff as far as I could see.

ccoltmanm said,
Except i expect to see noticable ui changes. I doubt anything major, but still there.

I doubt they would, since these aren't actually from either Nokia or Microsoft.

ccoltmanm said,
Except i expect to see noticable ui changes. I doubt anything major, but still there.

I don't think so. The statement said that they would be looking to customize chipset support and display size specifically. I think their ability to customize is limited mostly to that...