We’ve seen a ton of tech gadgets released in 2015, and amongst all the smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and other gadgets, we’ve also seen quite a few smartwatches being showcased. A number of companies have pushed out their smartwatch devices to the market, and many of them are powered by Google’s Android Wear platform. Huawei Watch, Moto 360 (2nd-gen) and the Apple Watch are amongst the most popular smartwatches at the moment, and chances are we’ll see quite a bit more such devices announced this year.
That being said, Nokia is amongst companies which were rumored to be preparing a smartwatch to release this year. This Finland-based company has recently sold their HERE Maps business to BMW, Mercedes and Audio, and they’ve also acquired Alcatel-Lucent. The two companies will combine on January 14th, and it seems like Nokia isn’t going anywhere. Now, we’ve seen several leaks regarding Nokia-branded smartphone and smartwatch last year, and a new leak shared images of Nokia’s alleged smartwatch prototype which has been cancelled, read on.
Now, Nokia is still not allowed to manufacture smart devices, at least not on their own due to the agreement with Microsoft, but it seems like the company is trying out various models for when the time comes. Besides, they were able to release a tablet with the help from Foxconn, so they might do the same with other devices as well. Anyhow, if you take a look at the images down below, you’ll get to see what appears to be a Nokia-branded smartwatch prototype. Interesting enough, this prototype is really beaten up, its display seems to be cracked and what not. This is definitely not a final design of the smartwatch, and is quite probably just a shell of a device, even though the source claims this way supposed to be their smartwatch but was cancelled. You’ll notice the charging pins on the back here as well, and the dated display, along with ARM’s chip on the inside.
This smartwatch will quite probably never get released, but if reports are accurate, Nokia is definitely planning on releasing a smartwatch in the future. It is quite probable that the company will release a smartphone first, and see what happens after that, but we’ll see, but chances are Nokia’s smartwatch will be powered by Android Wear.