Sony to join Windows Phone 8.1 party with Lue Z? [Update]

Another blurfest!

Evleaks is back with another cautiously worded leak via a tipster, this time indicating that Sony could make good on it's suggestion that they may offer Windows Phone variants, alongside its popular Android-powered Xperia models.

The image up top is comically blurry, as we've come to expect from various leakers, but it does clearly show a Sony device running Windows Phone 8.1, with onscreen button controls (which is supported in Windows Phone 8.1), or at least they look close enough to the screen to suggest they're not capacitive buttons, and if the size of the onscreen tiles is anything to go by, it won't be a 5-inch+ monster either.

Of course we'll have to take this with a pinch of salt, as are Evleaks if their title is anything to go by, which is: "Sony Lue Z Windows Phone 8.1? [via tip, from a tipster I barely know -- no guarantees here]

However, back in February, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai hinted at entering the Windows Phone market with the following statement "Microsoft has various OSes, including mobile. So, as Sony, we will consider new product development going forward." Hirai's comment is similar to one made a few weeks ago by Pierre Perron, who heads Sony Mobile Europe. He stated, "We are continuing our discussions with other partners, including Microsoft, as part of our partnership with this company on the broader Sony spectrum."

So there may be a glimmer of hope for Sony fans to enjoy the excellent build quality of the Xperia line, while enjoying Windows Phone 8.1 on it.

Only time will tell.

Update: Evleaks has pulled his article calling it fake, ah well.. Seems they can't catch a break lately!

Source & Image: Evleaks

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With that name I cant believe they are serious about it. Probably the same strategy as Samsung with their Ativ (Vita in reverse, as in life in reverse as in death to WP).

With only a 3% market share and Microsoft now in on the hardware end why bother? I don't see any OEM's getting behind WP now unless its just slapping WP on old Android hardware to see what happens

The top front speaker of this phone is an exact copypaste of the Xperia Z and had already been replaced by a less visible design in the Xperia Z1 and Z2.

All this is is a bad Photoshop job. With Vaio gone it's now incredibly unlikely to see a Sony product with any form of Windows on it. Sony is really going for Android, all 2015 Bravia's will run Android TV too. Ruining that ecosystem with a Windows Phone is simply not going to happen.

Sony isn't close minded. Like Samsung. LG and other OEMs diversity for their portfolio is good for OEMs.

Also judging by the amount of WP OEMs that are popping up, it's not surprising that Sony wants to join either

Yes, but the circle inside is transparent in that case and isn't plain white either. Also, the Office tile can't go so large.

Studio384 said,
Yes, but the circle inside is transparent in that case and isn't plain white either. Also, the Office tile can't go so large.

I'm not saying it's real or fake (I have no idea), but just want to point out that it looks like a box or other marketing material, where they often mock-up images instead of taking actual screenshots. Also, it's possible the Office tile can get larger in GDR1.

Oh, of course. For some reason I thought I was looking at a photo of a physical phone rather than a photo of a photo of a phone.

Lue?! I hope not. We already have a weird, uninspiring name in the WP field, Ativ.

Galaxy vs. Ativ; which name is to attract more attention from customers? (Rhetorical)

name it 'universe'. in hope to attract more. also rename iPhone to theyPhone to attract more ;) you see the point? names are important, but not that important. good products and promotions are the sale changing machineries

Lue Z?

Really?

Are we sure that this isn't April fools?

The first word that popped into my mind when I saw that name was 'Lose'.

Sony doing a Windows Phone? Wow, i thought they sold VAIO for spite just so MS wouldn't be able to claim even Sony products have Xbox services on them ;P

neoadorable said,
Sony doing a Windows Phone? Wow, i thought they sold VAIO for spite just so MS wouldn't be able to claim even Sony products have Xbox services on them ;P

Microsoft has de coupled XBOX services into apps so the OEM can freely not have them installed. But it's still available in the app store

Also I wouldn't e surprised since WP OEM list is going up pretty fast, and Sony probably wants some of that pie

Steven P. said,
typo, already fixed :p (recovering after last nights Germany hammering of Brazil is my excuse).

Ah! I thought it was a thing. <- Also recovering from last night. lol