The missing Lumia: a look at Nokia's unreleased 719C Windows Phone

Since the launch of its first two Windows Phones in October 2011, Nokia has expanded its smartphone offering into an astonishing range of devices, from the brilliant and ultra-affordable Lumia 520, all the way up to the giant Lumia 1520 phablet.

We’ve counted no less than twenty distinct Lumia handsets so far: the 505, 510, 520, 521, 610, 620, 625, 710, 720, 800, 810, 820, 822, 900, 920, 925, 928, 1020, 1320 and 1520 have all gone on sale or been announced by the company, with more still rumoured to appear. There have also been localised versions of some of these devices created for the Chinese market, with few or no external design changes.

With such an impressive list of phones developed in just two years, it almost defies belief that there could have been even more Lumia devices released. But perennial leaker @evleaks has revealed official renders of one such handset that didn’t make the cut: the Lumia 719C.

The existence of the 719C first came to light in early 2012; the first visible proof of the device emerged in March of that year with the appearance of a leaked image.

The ‘C’ in the handset’s designation indicates that it would have been destined for the Chinese market (specifically, for China Telecom's CDMA2000 network), and as the 71x numbering suggests, it was apparently conceived as a spin-off from the Lumia 710. But unlike other Lumia variants for China, such as the 610C and 920T – which were more or less identical in appearance to their non-Chinese siblings – the 719C had its own design, distinctive in several ways from the 710.

Unlike the 710, the 719C had a small lip of colour visible from the front, right at the very bottom, which extended from the colourful rear shell. The colours shown in the renders are also much glossier and shinier than those used on the 710, which had rubberised matte plastic rear covers. The final aesthetic difference is the 719C’s slightly wider row of physical buttons on the front.

We’ll probably never know precisely why the Lumia 719C never made it to market, but it’s always fun to see a little hint of what might have been. 

Source: @evleaks

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Not up to their current standards but the 710 was a great phone (both my parents use them and I had one for a while waiting for the 900 to arrive) and this looks to have extended it's design language a little further. It's nice, and it's always cool to see the might-have-been devices.

I'll admit I miss the physical buttons though. As aesthetically pleasing as capacitive buttons are it was great to be able to press a real windows key to wake the phone from sleep and I never once hit the search or back buttons by accident!

I don't like the flashy colored squares. I tried a windows phone launcher on my Android phone and got rid of it pretty quick.

I honestly didn't like any of Lumia phones which were running WP7 except maybe Lumia 800 and the likes. I think Lumia devices running WP8 are amazing.

looks very similar to the 710 - I had that phone and it was surprisingly decent, it managed to take quite a beating too

looks like the key design difference is how the color of the back cover extends into the chin of the phone.

FalseAgent said,
looks very similar to the 710 - I had that phone and it was surprisingly decent, it managed to take quite a beating too

looks like the key design difference is how the color of the back cover extends into the chin of the phone.

actually it looks very much like the lumia 610.
http://cdn2.ubergizmo.com/wp-c...2/02/nokia-lumia-610-01.jpg

the 710 is the only Nokia WP with mechanical buttons.
this render appears to have capacitive buttons. As the 610 have.

gcaw said,
If you check out the March 2012 Engadget article I mentioned (http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/19/nokia-lumia-719c/), it appears that the 719C had physical buttons too. The shadows below the row of buttons in the renders above also appears to indicate that they were physical buttons.

looks like you're right.

but it still looks more like a lumia 610 than a 710 (the design of the 610 was nicer IMO)