The last time Sony produced a mobile phone running a Windows platform was way back in 2008 — long before the Windows Phone 7 operating system that we know and love today came along. The Japanese company has chosen instead to use Android to power its devices in recent years, but it seems it isn’t totally against Microsoft’s platform.
We first heard about a rumored Sony smartphone running Windows Phone back in January, when an image of the device was leaked. Back then, however, it was suggested that the handset was an early prototype that Sony had since scrapped.
Now another Sony smartphone running Windows Phone has emerged. It’s one of the few Windows Phone devices to offer a physical QWERTY keyboard, a feature Sony frequently provides to its “pro” range, and it could be set to make its debut at Mobile World Congress next week, according to reports.
The leaked and very blurry images show the handset from the front, with a Bing search page displayed and a good view of that QWERTY keyboard. There’s also a shot of the device’s rear, which shows off a camera and an LED flash.
But like the Sony device we saw back in January, this one also features the old Sony Ericsson logo. Of course, the partnership between these two companies is now over, and Sony’s future devices will only feature “Sony” branding.
Once again, then, it seems this could be an old prototype that may never see the light of day. But either way, it proves Sony has at least been testing the Windows Phone platform. Whether or not we’ll actually ever see a Sony smartphone running Microsoft’s operating system, however, remains to be seen.
A Sony smartphone running Windows Phone is something I’d like to see, so I’ll be keeping a close eye on Sony’s announcements from MWC next week. And of course, we’ll be sure to let you know what pops up.
Will you be hoping for Sony’s first Windows Phone device?