The leaked shots of what appears to be a Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7 prototype may not, in fact, be a sign that the company is planning a Microsoft smartphone for imminent release. According to Mobile Review's Eldar Murtazin, the pictured device is "an old prototype that was cancelled last year."
That would certainly fit with previous comments from Sony Ericsson CTO Jan Uddenfeldt, who said last month that Windows Phone 7 was not on the company's immediate roadmap. "We have not released any new windows products for the last nine months or 12 months" he pointed out, suggesting that "it’s still a possibility that we could, but we don’t see any real reason for it because Android is growing so dramatically, and it has an attractiveness when it comes to the user-friendliness and market growth, and the carriers are loving it."
If the debunk is true, it means we're still yet to see a brand new Windows Phone device this year. HTC is providing CDMA and world phone versions of the HTC 7 Pro and HTC Trophy to Sprint and Verizon, respectively, but the manufacturer's new range at MWC 2011 consisted solely of Android phones.