Mysterious new Nokia Windows Phone discovered in promo video

By Tom Warren, on 16th Nov 11 1:06 pm with 37 Comments

New Nokia Windows Phone?

A mysterious new Nokia Windows Phone has been discovered in a promotional video.

The device appears to be unlike any existing Nokia Windows Phone but is similar in looks to Nokia’s existing 700 handset. My Nokia Blog spotted the device and notes that Nokia has previously used concept and unannounced phones to demo NFC technologies. 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.

The unannounced Nokia Windows Phone appears to sport a 4-inch screen and could hint at Nokia’s plans for the rumored “Ace” AT&T Windows Phone. 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.

In other Nokia news, the handset maker launched its first Windows Phone in Europe on Wednesday. The Nokia Lumia 800 went on sale across the UK and some European markets. A number of stores in the UK opened early on Wednesday for potential customers. Nokia’s Lumia 800 will be available on a range of contracts and carriers in the UK, starting at £26 per month.

Update: Nokia has removed the video from its YouTube channel.

  • Alijah green

    Looks great :-P

  • Anonymous

    Looks good and I’m glad they keep using the blue/cyan from the Lumia 800. I always wanted a blue Lumia 800, but a blue Ace works for me too :) Or should I saw Lumia 900 as it had the sun will rise and set slogan again?

  • Anonymous

    ooh great… now i’ll have to delay replacing my HD7 with a nokia till they release this bad boy.

  • Ahmed Salem

    Any Specs about the leaked Phone?


    I want Nokia in US! Love the look.

  • Ef Jay

    Hope its just a concept, looks boring compared to the 800.

  • James Matthews

    What’s this bullshit about AT&T being a partner with Nokia? For years T-Mobile has been a major supporter for Nokia here in the states and now thier going to dis T-Mobile in favor of AT&T? WTF??

    • Anonymous

      If the AT&T merger goes through, your point will be moot.  Thing is, AT&T is the only US carrier that  seems to care at all about Windows Phone.  That being said, they still mostly promote Android and iPhone, which shows the sad state of carrier support for WP in this country.

    • ReturningToNokia

      T-Mobile -  the ghetto of telecoms.   If ANY high end Nokia devices is given to T-Mobile, that will be just one less device for me to consider.

  • Thu Win

    Why doesn’t Windows Phone have the ability to transfer files transfer over Bluetooth???  Androids and dumb phones can do that!  That’s one of the hitches that is preventing me from getting a Windows Phone.  Also does Windows Phone allow drag and drop as well as Internet tethering?

    • Candid Calum

      Out of curiosity, why do you need the ability to transfer files over Bluetooth so much? I may have some advice about that.

      Windows Phone does support tethering, but you’ll have to check with the network you choose whether they allow it; some don’t, but some do (e.g. Orange UK appears to not allow it, even though my HTC Mozart now supports it).

      What do you mean by a ‘drag and drop’ feature? I cannot imagine where such a feature would be required or desired in Windows Phone.

      The tiles are great :) The tiles and overall design are certainly two features I would miss dreadfully if I decided to switch platforms (something I very much doubt I will do).

    • Alex H

      Re drag and drop, I think he means from a PC. In other words does WP support being a mass storage device? I don’t believe it does..

    • Anonymous

      do people still trnasfer stuff through bluetooth? didn’t know , but I guess they should add it if every other platform has it

    • Anonymous

      It doesn’t offer native drag and drop, but if you are using a Windows PC you can change a registry setting and the phone’s folders then appear as a removable storage device.

      This tool alters the registry for those who don’t like to get their hands dirty

    • Anonymous

      Hello s’90 guys.
      This century we use cloud to send and storage any files.

    • Collins

      A smartphone is a communications device. You should be free to choose whatever network you want. The telco’s gateway into the internet, any WIFI AP in your area (folder sharing), or any add hoc P2P network of your choice (NFC or Bluetooth). A smartphone that gives you only a single option doesn’t deserve the name. From your post I take it that your concept of technological advancement is more about being hip, than choosing the best tool for the job?

    • EpidemikE

      Bluetooth isnt the most secure mode of transmitting files, MS may be just performing a CYA move.

    • Cosmin Nahaiciuc

      Completely agree with Collins…it doesn’t matter the security, or anything else; if it doesn’t have multiple options of using the network as well as its own hardware, it simply doesn’t deserve to be ranked as a smart phone.
      For example, I just won’t consider an Android phone (at least for now) because they are both brilliant and dumb – is a package you’ll have to accept. On the other hand Nokia smart phones (N8) may be somewhat slow and laggy but NOT dumb – it still does everything, yes, slower than a 1.5GHz, 1GB RAM Android phone but it doesn’t put limiting tags. If you didn’t buy into having a smart phone for bragging rights, rater than for what is capable of doing, I believe Nokia might still be a front runner. That’s what I expect/hope for Nokia to change in their new Windows phone.

    • David Petrla

      I’ve used Bluetooth file transfer cca 10 times on my previous (Symbian) smartphone. But the SkyDrive integration on WP Mango is better. Also, it supports Internet Sharing / tethering.

      But I have to admit the PC local connection without the Zune software was better on Symbian or Windows Mobile. Although it isn’t such a big difference in the real life.

    • Anonymous

      Nokia had bluetooth transfer when other manufacturers were still trying to figure out how to make IR transfer work. Nobody uses bluetooth anymore.

    • Anonymous

      WP does allow tethering, but the carriers have to allow the feature to work on their network.  Unless you happen to have one of the few models that have not yet been updated with firmware to enable it.

    • Thu Win
  • Anonymous

    It might be a developer only model since it seems that’s who the advert is pitched at. For me it doesn’t have the aesthetic presence that the Lumia 800 possessed at first glance.

  • Pieter Kroon

    This design somehow reminds me of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc… Yet, I love it… BUT WHY TEASE ME JUST WHEN I WANT TO BUY A NOKIA LUMIA 800… I CAN’T WAIT ANY LONGER… So guess what, I won’t. Gimme some Lumia 800 XD

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like the design honestly. Lumia 800 suits me better.

  • Jubbin Grewal

    Sony Ericsson Arc or an Acer Phone. Design is not that original unfortunately.. unless they make it super slim.

    • ReturningToNokia

      The device is just like the Nokia 700, which looks nothing like the Arc or Acer phone.

  • Anonymous

    Imo this isn’t real, i don’t understand why people are taking it as it would be.
    It’s just a phone used on a demo. Similar to those sexy looking Symbian phones 1-2 month ago.

    • Pieter Kroon

      Well, the face that this video was taken down, or set to private (in this case, same thing), means that it is in fact a legit video of a Nokia device! The evidence is piling up, this could very well be the Nokia Lumia 900. 

    • ReturningToNokia

      Given that this device looks like the Nokia 700 (3.2″ screen, 5MP camera), I highly doubt this is the rumoured ‘Ace’.  They only way this can be an ‘Ace’ is if they make the screen >3.7 inches, and at least a 8MP AF camera.

    • Pieter Kroon

      Well, it looks rather big… so I’m not sure why it wouldn’t be the Ace. And it doesn’t look THAT much like the Nokia 700… this screen seems bigger and seems to cover more of the device…

    • Anonymous

      It is similar because Nokia is using same design. Why change something if it looks good. And the video was set to private meaning that it is in fact an official Nokia device. Remember the N950 leak video?

  • Goko Smileski

    Video is private, some other link? 

  • Anonymous

    nice video, even if the phone isnt going to be manufactured…

  • oolong2

    I think it’s real and I also think it confirms my idea that Nokia will be pushing Microsoft to a buttonless design for WP8 Apollo…  Similar to Windows 8 tablets.

    It’s possible that Nokia US handsets released using the Tango update will have virtual front buttons instead of actual buttons.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know, but I’m thinking that Nokia should pull an apple.. and produced Lumia 801, 802, 803 (or whatever).. using lumia 800 design but with improved features, much like how apple produces nearly the same hardware design for their devices (Except from 3gs to 4)..