Sony's unreleased Windows Phone 7 device gets photographed

Back when Windows Phone was starting to find its groove, Sony Ericsson built a prototype for the Windows Phone platform that was never released to the public. The phone, dubbed Jolie, was a QWERTY slider running Windows Phone 7.

Not much else is known about the device, other than what can be concluded by the images posted here. For whatever reason, Sony decided not to release the device and to this day, still has not entered into the Windows Phone arena with their own device.

While this may be good for Nokia, Samsung and even HTC, that Sony Ericsson never entered the Windows Phone market space, seeing the device above, it does appear to be a decent handset for the WP7 platform.

Also considering that the Sony Ericsson handset division has seen its struggles as of late, one must wonder if they took the same path of Nokia, if their future would be any brighter.

But, the rest is history; Sony has gone down the Android path like many other phone vendors to fight it out in the crowded smartphone retail arena.

This is not the first time we have seen this phone pop up on the net either, it was up for sale on Ebay not that long ago

Source and more images: WindowsPhonehacker.com

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best decision sony ever made. see how nokia is 'monopolizing' a huge slice of the win egg mobile smartphone pie. /s

Sony dodged a bullet there! Glad someone with half a brain saw that WP isn't worth tanking your brand over...wish someone at Nokia would get that clue!

John Nemesh said,
Sony dodged a bullet there! Glad someone with half a brain saw that WP isn't worth tanking your brand over...wish someone at Nokia would get that clue!

I wish clueless people like yourself would get a clue. Nokia is doing great with their Windows Phones for one - sales are steadily going up, even more so in certain parts of Europe - adoption hasn't exactly skyrocketed but it's not doing so bad either. Also Sony makes PlayStation, Windows Phone has very tight integration with Xbox Live and the Xbox brand in general so there is also conflict of interest for them too.

Again, what clue does Nokia need to get? That they need to try to compete in a super saturated Android market?

TheCyberKnight said,
Thanks Sony for not releasing this!

It's a shame. If it had been on AT&T I probably would have bought one. I ended up with a Dell Venue Pro for a year and that was a very nice device with a very nice portrait keyboard. Now the only devices with keyboards are crappy low-end ones. Since I've been forced to go slate I went for the biggest: Galaxy Note 2. While it's not as easy or accurate as a physical keyboard its way better than the old 4" and smaller phones that were coming out at the time the keyboard was still on high end devices.

And there we have the problem why we have no proper landscape slider on WP.
It simply is not build to work with landscape view on Windows phone

-adrian- said,
And there we have the problem why we have no proper landscape slider on WP.
It simply is not build to work with landscape view on Windows phone

We no longer have ANY keyboards on WP. There were only 3 first-gen devices with keyboards and then none in the second-gen or in WP8.

(Actually, Sony has been doing much better in the mobile department last quarter and are actually making a pretty nice profit.)

That aside, this did look like a pretty nice handset hardware-wise. But well, every manufacturer makes a truckload of prototypes, many of which never get past the first development process. I've seen casings of some old Sony prototypes at IFA last year, they looked very interesting. There was one phone with an arced wooden back, looked very cool!

I've got a friend who would've loved this. He finds the QWERTY keyboards to be easier to use than virtual ones. Ah well

Chikairo said,
I've got a friend who would've loved this. He finds the QWERTY keyboards to be easier to use than virtual ones. Ah well

You do realise that on screen keyboards are QWERTY too, right?

TCLN Ryster said,

You do realise that on screen keyboards are QWERTY too, right?


Their friend probably means they prefer the tactile feed back a physical keyboard provides. Myself, I don't mind the touch screen keyboard, but I simply can't stand touch buttons used on the phones. I need to feel that feed back a clicky button provides.

Nik Louch said,
Nonsense. I know a lot of people who still buy handsets with keyboards!

My wife for one, she traded off her 710 to get a device that had a physical keyboard, had a hard time coming from her old BlackBerry because of it, said it felt "off" typing with a touchscreen. Not a fan of phones with keyboards myself (bulks it up, etc), but /shrug different strokes and all that, I can see the appeal though.

ACTIONpack said,
I can understand why they didn't release it. No one wanted a keyboard on their phone!

I know people that wants a physical keyboard, and rumor has it, the reason why Sony didn't go for WP is because of its integration of Xbox Live. Hint? PS3.


Nik Louch said,
Nonsense. I know a lot of people who still buy handsets with keyboards!

I had an HTC Arrive at some point, never used the keyboard.

Thats why 99% of all smartphones has no actual keyboard. No one wants it and it's pointless. Your not writing a book and a digital keyboard does it job well. Also, it makes the phone thicker and breaks easier.

ahhell said,
Exactly. Who would want something useful like an actual keyboard on a phone?

/s

I'd love a keyboard on my phone. Unfortunately manufactures seem to like that the only people who want keyboards want **** phones.

RommelS said,

I know people that wants a physical keyboard, and rumor has it, the reason why Sony didn't go for WP is because of its integration of Xbox Live. Hint? PS3.

I'm pretty sure Sony sells windows 8 devices that have the same Xbox live capabilities.

vcfan said,

I'm pretty sure Sony sells windows 8 devices that have the same Xbox live capabilities.

I don't think you are pretty sure with it. The last time Sony sold a mobile phone with a Windows OS was Xperia X2 with Windows Mobile 6.5. Now, if you will count Windows 8 with the Xbox Live App, well the difference is that you can uninstall app compare to the one in Windows Phone.

RommelS said,

I don't think you are pretty sure with it. The last time Sony sold a mobile phone with a Windows OS was Xperia X2 with Windows Mobile 6.5. Now, if you will count Windows 8 with the Xbox Live App, well the difference is that you can uninstall app compare to the one in Windows Phone.

In fairness he said Windows 8 not windows phone 8 and sony makes lots of windows 8 tablets and pcs which of course have xbox live app.

Houtei said,
In fairness he said Windows 8 not windows phone 8 and sony makes lots of windows 8 tablets and pcs which of course have xbox live app.

In all fairness as well, you don't confuse Windows 8 with Windows Phone, and didn't I clarify that with my response to him? You are pretty much telling me what I've said.