Here’s an image you might have seen flying about yesterday.
Apparently this was taken at Nokia World. In that slide we can see today’s Windows Phone handset, but along side that we have tomorrow’s designs.
From left to right:
- We have what seems to be that tiny square (reminds me of that windows device that turned out to be a name tag)
- Then there’s a buttonless device
- There’s a blackberry style portrait keyboard thing going on there (although there is already portrait slider). More interesting is the aspect ratio of the screen.
- Back to today’s style with buttons
- Another larger buttonless device
- A tablet.
I’m not quite sure about a Windows Phone tablet when we’re expecting Windows 8. Some people have speculated that they might be the same thing when Apollo arrives. When Microsoft introduced Windows 8, they said it would go on everything, but always conveniently never said the phone.
Given the metro panoramic nature of Windows Phone it is something that actually would translate extremely well to a larger screen tablet.
The portrait QWERTY monoblock would be interesting. It’s still a useful form factor which still has room for innovation. Nokia is probably the next iconic user of this form factor after blackberry, though their Eseries do not (and never had) have the same recognition in terms of branding. It will be interesting to see how apps would translate to this screen ratio – and how in general windows phone could work in a more square screen.
Cheers meh for the tip!