Sony may not be making Windows Phone device anytime soon, but the company did flirt with the idea at one point when it still had its partnership with Ericsson. This weekend, a new video showing off a prototype of this planned smartphone, code named "Julie", was posted on YouTube.
The design of this prototype seems to be the same as the one that was offered on sale on eBay earlier this year. Like the device on eBay, the phone shown in the video also has a QWERTY keyboard slider and is running an early version of the Windows Phone OS. The video also shows the prototype next to, and stacked up, against the look of Apple's iPhone for some comparison shots.
Sony and Ericsson's smartphone partnership officially dissolved earlier in 2012 and since then Sony has made no indications that it will be developing a Windows Phone device. So far, its Xperia line up of smartphones have all been based on Google's Android OS. Perhaps with the launch of Windows Phone 8, also known as Apollo, waiting in the wings (hopefully in the fall of 2012), Sony could decide to change its mind and launch a Windows Phone 8 handset.