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Sony To Launch Windows Phone With Keyboard At MWC 2012?

Sony is set to launch a Windows Phone handset with a keyboard, most probably at Mobile World Congress according to a few pictures that have appeared on a Chinese website and show what appears to be a fully working device.

According to Phone Arena, the Sony phone - which appears to be a prototype - is the same as the slider model that was leaked last year and which was codenamed Julie (ed : the pictures are from WPDang).

It shares the same design as the Sony Ericsson Vivaz Pro; the white keyboard has four rows of silver buttons but no directional pad. The phone itself is fairly thick and has three buttons on the front.

Should this phone be launched, it will be the first Windows Phone handset with a physical keyboard. Sony (or Sony Mobile Communications as it is now known) will be holding a press event on Sunday afternoon and we will be there.

Sony Mobile Communications has pretty much been an Android-only business since early 2010 when the company was known as Sony Ericsson and should the company launch a Windows Phone, it will be yet another win for Microsoft.

Out of the 10 biggest phone manufacturers worldwide, only Apple, RIM and Motorola would be without a Microsoft phone.

We will be live blogging from Saturday evening from Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress event and you can follow our live feed here.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.