The super-unique Nuans NEO Windows Phone may be getting a global release after all

Japan has been picking up a few interesting Windows Phones lately for the Windows 10 Mobile push there. Recently we saw VAIO announce a new phone, which won't be released in the U.S, and before that it was the Nuans NEO from Trinity. That phone with "unique 'TWO-TONE' interchangeable covers that provide a more organic feel due to their more texturized materials".

An email from Trinity claims they are now working on a global version of their Nuans NEO for markets outside Japan.

In our poll asking if you were interested in the Nuans Neo come to the United States, India, or EU, close to 75% of the nearly 2000 respondents voted that they were. Trinity, it would seem, has also seen the notable interest from potential international customers. In an email reply to a Windows Central reader, a representative from Trinity wrote the following:

"We are now working on making the global version of NEO, and time frame hasn't been set yet, but please be patient and support us."

Currently, the Nuans NEO only supports radio bands in Japan and will likely not work on many carriers in the US, Europe and other locations. As a result, Trinity needs to rework the hardware with a global radio, something which can take a few months.

About Nuans NEO Windows Phone

  • Windows 10 Mobile
  • 5-inch 1280×720 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor running at 1.5GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage, with a microSD card
  • 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera
  • 3,350mAh battery
  • USB Type-C connection with support for Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology

Also, Microsoft has recently announced Continuum support for the Snapdragon 617 processor, making the Nuans NEO likely to feature the big-screen PC/phone experience.

The phone sells for 42,700 yen ($378 USD).

Trinity will be at Mobile World Congress in a few weeks and perhaps there they will announce officially their plans for a global rollout of the NEO. We'll be on-site to cover any announcements they may make. For now, you can see our hands-on video of the Nuans NEO from CES back in January.

Thanks, k1s23, for the email and tip!

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.