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.