Prototype Sony Ericsson Windows Phone video leaked

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.

Via: WPCentral.com
Source: YouTube

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TheCyberKnight said,
I really doubt this will ever be released.
The form factor looks totally outdated and has no chance in today's market.

So, in other words, the Sony branding would be accurate...

Hopefully companies will start paying attention to Windows Phone when 8 comes out. They should be able to slap WP8 into their prime Android devices, with the support for multi-core and multiple resolutions. Samsung already said they may do it with the Samsung Galaxy Note.

Sony? No thanks!
Looking at their crashing stock, buying into a Sony product is IMHO nothing but a waste as you just can't be sure if they will be around after next year or so.
Even being a prototype, the phone is hideous BTW and LMAO that Xbox Live is available on a Sony product.

Thief000 said,
Sony? No thanks!
Looking at their crashing stock, buying into a Sony product is IMHO nothing but a waste as you just can't be sure if they will be around after next year or so.
Even being a prototype, the phone is hideous BTW and LMAO that Xbox Live is available on a Sony product.

Sony may be doing badly (And they deserve to be), but they won't be going anywhere anytime soon...

Vice said,
Looks quite chunky. No threat to the Lumia line by any means.

Helloooooo, it's an early prototype. It's probably just something they put together to test the possibilities of the platform. Have you seen Sony Ericssons other devices from last year? They were quite thin and had better specs than the Lumia's in all aspects.

Regardless, Sony won't be releasing a Windows Phone handset anytime soon, it completely doesn't fit in their strategy right now.

Ambroos said,

Hello, prototype. It's probably just something they put together to test the possibilities of the platform. Have you seen Sony Ericssons other devices from last year? They were quite thin and had better specs than the Lumia's in all aspects.

Regardless, Sony won't be releasing a Windows Phone handset anytime soon, it completely doesn't fit in their strategy right now.

I did see the SE devices from the past year. Looked quite gaudy and not to my taste. And I know it's just a prototype but if I didn't comment on its design then what else is there to say about it?

Vice said,

I did see the SE devices from the past year. Looked quite gaudy and not to my taste. And I know it's just a prototype but if I didn't comment on its design then what else is there to say about it?


Nothing really

You should keep in mind however that this one has a slideout keyboard, and those things always make phones more 'chunky'.

On the SE devices from last year, it's a matter of taste. I personally have always liked Sony Ericsson design as they were (and still are) the only ones that really stand out from the crowd. But I can also understand why some people don't like them that much.

Ambroos said,

Nothing really

You should keep in mind however that this one has a slideout keyboard, and those things always make phones more 'chunky'.

On the SE devices from last year, it's a matter of taste. I personally have always liked Sony Ericsson design as they were (and still are) the only ones that really stand out from the crowd. But I can also understand why some people don't like them that much.


We need some devices with slide out keyboards. Maybe Nokia will.

But Sony devices seem to be rather clunky in general.