An image of an alleged Nokia Lumia 601 device leaked to the Internet on Saturday.
The device is expected to represent Nokia’s push to low-end and cheaper Windows Phone devices for 2012. Pocketnow managed to secure an image of the device on Saturday, noting that it might not be genuine. The Nokia Lumia 601 appears to be identical to a device spotted in a Nokia promotional video for developers.
Nokia posted a video earlier this week that contained a mysterious new Windows Phone. The interesting part of the video is how the capacitive Windows Phone buttons disappear on the device when the screen is off. Existing capacitive devices from the likes of HTC and Samsung and even Nokia’s own Lumia 800 device all feature capacitive buttons that are typically white and backlit.
Nokia removed the video of the device and the image leak could indicate that this is one of Nokia’s next Windows Phone devices for 2012. Nokia is understood to be preparing its U.S. Windows Phones for an announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show in early 2012. The Finnish handset maker is working with AT&T to launch its Nokia Lumia Windows Phone at CES 2012. Microsoft is planning to support Nokia’s re-entry into the U.S. market with a large presence at CES 2012. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have indicated to WinRumors that Nokia is in talks with several U.S. carriers to provide an LTE compatible handset as its first U.S. Windows Phone device. AT&T is expected to be the primary launch partner of any Nokia Windows Phone devices in the United States. Nokia is also in talks with other U.S. carriers to bring its Windows Phone devices to market on rival networks.