Is this a prototype Sony Ericsson Windows Phone?

A picture has surfaced of what appears to be a Sony Ericsson Windows Phone, sporting a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, akin to the LG Qunatum and HTC 7 Pro. The picture evidently appeared on Lizhecome and was picked up by Xperia Blog.

As Pocketnow points out, some of those tiles look like the old, early development ones from when the OS was first introduced in February 2010. That could either mean this was a prototype device, back when SE was announced as a key launch partner, or...ya know, it's fake. We're leading towards the former theory though only because of the hardware buttons--those don't looked photoshopped to our eyes and would be a lot harder to fake than a single screen shot.

If it is a prototype, it sure looks nice and we hope SE has a change of heart soon and maybe brings this out. Anywho, discuss away on your theory.

Source: Lizhecome; via Xperia Blog, Pocketnow, nanapho.jp; Thanks, tezawaly

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7 Comments
  • Give me a SE Arc with WP and a 1650 mAh battery and I'm in !
  • I can't wait to get a kick out of seeing a SONY phone running XBOX Live games.
  • Havent they shot down any realistic chance of this happening? The only more negative comments towards WP7 were from Motorola and Verizon, with playstation games coming to android it doesnt seem like this will ever be happening.
  • MS/SE parted ways over XBox integration in WP7. Re-negotiation is possible but unlikely in the near future. Not unless MS amasses some serious market share, forcing SE to tap into that.Before this happened Sony was already preparing their new WP7 phones. This is most likely what we're watching.MS/Sony are the biggest competitors in the "ecosystem" game, and they'll act like it more and more as their product-lines/offerings converge and mature.
  • This could be Epic... A Playstation AND Xbox phone in one. I would cancel a contract with ANY CARRIER I am with to get a phone like that.PSP and Xbox games where ever I go....this could be unreal !
  • That jagged edge at the bottom of the screen makes it look fake to me.
  • SE are never doing a Win & phone. they are putting their eggs in their PS3 basket. This is old news.