The sharp-eyed kids at WPDang caught this. Someone posted interesting pictures on Sina weibo (just consider that “China’s Twitter”) yesterday:
It looks like a bright yellow Lumia 800 or 900 hidden inside a black bumper case. Except for the fact that neither Lumia 800 or 900 has a publicly available yellow flavor… WPDang also noted that the device has a tiny line at the bottom saying “proto.nokia.com”. Clearly this is some sort of prototype device leaked out of Nokia.
And it’s not just some random prototype. Because the guy who posted the picture above made another post soon after:
You do see the Local Scout tile and cute tiny tiles, right?
This is most likely some sort of Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 7.8 prototype. Considering the unit looks so much like Lumia 800/900, and the central Windows logo is not replaced by the next-gen Windows Phone 8 version yet, we’d it’s more likely loaded with Windows Phone 7.8. Because Microsoft has told us already that existing hardware (not to mention early prototypes) aren’t capable of running Windows Phone 8 properly.
It’s a shame the guy who posted these pictures didn’t say anything more about it. Just two pictures, and deleted by the poster soon after.
Leaks have a habit of following one another. Let’s expect to see more of Windows Phone 8 or 7.8 in the near future…