Sony is yet to release a smartphone powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system, but thanks to a number of leaked images in recent months, we know that the Japanese company has at least been testing prototype devices with Windows Phone installed.
One of those prototypes, named ‘Jolie’, is now available to purchase on eBay, giving you the opportunity to bag a handset that no one else has. The starting price is $250 and at the time of writing this post, the auction has just one bid. However, at one point, the device had a ‘Buy It Now’ price of $500, according to The Next Web — which actually seems pretty cheap for an unreleased prototype.
The auction is likely to fetch much more than that by the time it ends on March 11 at 10:30 AM PDT. That is, of course, if Sony doesn’t have the auction pulled before then.
Unfortunately the seller doesn’t provide a great deal of information. However, they do state that “you can sell it, or you can USE it,” suggesting you can slip your SIM card inside and use the handset as normal. The device offers 3G connectivity, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and an 8.1-megapixel camera. A previous report from NokiaWP also claims the device has a 1GHz processor and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
Before you run off to place a bid, it’s worth noting that the Jolie runs a beta version of Windows Phone, and it’s highly unlikely it will see an official software update in the future. This is believed to be a prototype — built before Sony and Ericsson parted ways — that has now been scrapped and won’t make it to market.
Will you be placing a bid on the Sony Ericsson Jolie?
[via The Next Web]