By Stephen Schenck | August 28, 2012 4:52 PM
From leaked hands-on shots, images of components, and sketches from patent applications, we’ve had a ton of opportunities to get a look at what Nokia’s working on for its first Windows Phone 8 hardware. Today we have a new concept render to add to that list, and it doesn’t look half bad.
Let’s be clear: we’ve got no reason to believe this is an actual Nokia design. These appear to be renders from a designer speculating upon what Nokia might be up to for a future product. As a result, we don’t put much faith in claimed specs like a quad-core SoC, 12-megapixel camera, and 4.5-inch HD screen.
The first thing we notice about this guy are the elongated speaker grilles. The phone would supposedly feature DTS sound, so making them prominent like that could conceivably be a featured selling point. The speakers themselves almost certainly wouldn’t extend the length of the handset like that, with much of the grillework for show.
The placement of the front-facing camera is a bit odd, way too off to the side. We’re also curious about what’s going on up-top there. Instead of a headphone jack, or even USB port, there’s what looks the most like a fingerprint scanner.
Unfortunately, we don’t get a very complete look at this design from the two pics available, but based on what you can see, what do you think? Would Nokia be wise to release something along these lines?