A prototype Sony Ericsson smartphone running Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform has been spotted in the wild.
The photos of the device, which have been leaked, reveal a large screen device running the latest WP7 software and a slide-out Qwerty keyboard similar to that found on the Motorola Milestone.
There is nothing ground-breaking in the design of the device but the keyboad has well separated keys for easy typing. Below the giant screen are back, home and search buttons in typical WP7 fashion.
The photographed device has a 'Prototype-Not for Sale' tag signifying that Sony Ericsson is merely in the testing phase. The company is expected to make some design and functionality improvements before it actually releases the device.
Sony Ericsson has been relying on Google Android for software but rumors had suggested that it had a WP7 device in the works. A Sony representative had hinted during the Mobile World Congress that the company might release a new WP7 device along with its Android offerings.
Nathan Vautier, UK MD of Sony Ericsson, had told TechRadar, “We're not as tribal about ecosystems as some companies. We believe that the Android environment is the best and most mature ecosystem for us at the moment; but we have a good working relationship with Microsoft.”