Sony Ericsson WP7 device leaks out in multiple pictures

For the past few days an image of a Sony Ericsson device running WP7 had been running around the Internet. While it is possible to fake one image, multiple images of the device have now surfaced that all but confirm that this is the real deal. One thing to note is that the build of WP7 appears to be dated which suggests, according to the source, that Sony Ericsson may have scraped the phone after Mobile World Congress.

The images come courtesy of esato.com (Via windows8beta.com) and show the device from multiple views. Sony Ericsson is now fully committed to Android but previous to MWC, they did state that they were not tied to one platform. Many speculate that a discrepancy between the two over Xbox integration may have been the sticking point. Because Sony Ericsson is tied to Sony, they may not have wanted to help support the Xbox as it is a direct competitor to the PS3.

We know that Microsoft is wanting to get as many companies as it can behind WP7, and according to the information provided, it looks like Sony Ericsson will not be jumping on that train. But, does Microsoft really need Sony Ericsson? Now that they have inked a deal with Nokia, probably not.  

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superbeam said,
It may or may not be fake but I doubt Sony wants this in their antiXbox war......

Although you have to remember Sony makes laptops with a certain operating system....

Sony Ericsson, has virtually nothing to do with Sony. It's practically a pure ericcson company. and Sony actually make their own brand phones for the Asian market, or used to.

So sony needs to make the same deals with SE as they would with any other handset maker. and vica versa.

HawkMan said,

Sony Ericsson, has virtually nothing to do with Sony. It's practically a pure ericcson company. and Sony actually make their own brand phones for the Asian market, or used to.

So sony needs to make the same deals with SE as they would with any other handset maker. and vica versa.


Of course and thats why they are the only company with a Playstation phone.....

But yeah you are problably right they have nothing to do...........Sure...........

HawkMan said,

Sony Ericsson, has virtually nothing to do with Sony. It's practically a pure ericcson company. and Sony actually make their own brand phones for the Asian market, or used to.

So sony needs to make the same deals with SE as they would with any other handset maker. and vica versa.

It's actually 50/50 between Sony Corporation and Ericsson AB.

I'm not a fan of Sony Eriksson phones, they just don't feel nice. Also this phone looks really basic + the old OS, sony were probably just checking it out before release.

Aethec said,
Isn't the IE icon white and Metro-like on WP7?

Yeah. That's running an older build, from the development phase. It's likely they have been looking at making this device since then.

Aethec said,
Isn't the IE icon white and Metro-like on WP7?

Well, it is now, but on very early versions it might not have been. Also, the Xbox Live tile should be green.

It's probably just an old thing they did to try it out, and decided not to go with it. As I see it it'd be unwise for them to go WP7 now. With their new Xperia range coming out soon they're really doing some good stuff with the software, and I can imagine Google likes Sony Ericsson a lot for going exclusively Android. Sony Ericsson devices running Android 2.4 have also been spotted, so I really think Sony Ericsson doesn't need Windows Phone 7.

Ambroos said,
It's probably just an old thing they did to try it out, and decided not to go with it. As I see it it'd be unwise for them to go WP7 now. With their new Xperia range coming out soon they're really doing some good stuff with the software, and I can imagine Google likes Sony Ericsson a lot for going exclusively Android. Sony Ericsson devices running Android 2.4 have also been spotted, so I really think Sony Ericsson doesn't need Windows Phone 7.

Maybe they don't need it now but if WP7 does good and shows that it can make a OEM money they'd be hard pressed to turn a blind eye to it. When the Nokia deal kicks in and volume ramps up high all the other OEMs will take note for sure, SE as well. If there's money to be made pride takes a back seat in most cases.

GP007 said,
Maybe they don't need it now but if WP7 does good and shows that it can make a OEM money they'd be hard pressed to turn a blind eye to it. When the Nokia deal kicks in and volume ramps up high all the other OEMs will take note for sure, SE as well. If there's money to be made pride takes a back seat in most cases.

Sony Ericsson wants to differentiate, and that's exactly what you can't do with WP7 and can do with Android.

it's real but it's simply that it was a prototype. Sony/SE's gambled on android and it's paying off for them with the xperia line coming there's little chance they'll go back on their word.

Digitalx said,
it's real but it's simply that it was a prototype. Sony/SE's gambled on android and it's paying off for them with the xperia line coming there's little chance they'll go back on their word.

How is it paying off yet? We have no idea how the new line of Xperias will do in the market.

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