The front glass for a device purporting to be one of the first Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices has leaked to a Chinese website, giving us an indication of how Nokia’s design language will shift in the near future. With rounded corners, an extremely thin bezel and space for a 4.3-inch display, the device seen above could be a high-end Windows Phone device with a resolution of 1280×720 or a more modest selection with a legacy 800×480 display.
The front piece also has the new Windows 8 logo painted on, an indication that this leak is relatively recent. Nokia’s designs in the Windows Phone space have been unique and attractive in an industry of black (and more recently, white) rectangles.
In a recent interview with a Finnish magazine, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that the first Windows Phone 8 devices will arrive in the “relatively near term,” reinforcing expectations that they will be announced in early September, perhaps at Nokia world on September 5th. He reinforced his company’s dedication to Windows Phone: “In today’s war … (between) Android, Apple and Windows, we are very clear, we are fighting that with the Windows phone.”
Whether Nokia has a chance against the new iPhone and flagship Android phones from Samsung, HTC and others remains to be seen, but we’re glad they’re putting up a good fight.