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Leaked photos of cancelled Nokia “Lauta” RM-742 N9 Successor prototype

Nokia Lauta

How would you like one of these running Apollo?

My Nokia Blog have received a photo collection of an N9 successor, codenamed 'Lauta'. If it were released, it's reported to have been the immediate successor to the N9 and would have been launched soon after, but was subsequently scrapped due to Nokia's decision to support Windows Phone and drop MeeGo.

While in the photos the display and main body of the device are different colours, My Nokia Blog notes that retail units would have sported one complete theme. As well as a similar look and feel of the N9, the 'Lauta' sports identical internals, sharing the same specification sheet as its predecessor.

Check out some more photos below.

Nokia Lauta 2

Nokia Lauta 3

We've asked this before, but how would you have liked a QWERTY version of the Lumia 800 / 900? Would you like to see Nokia head down a physical keyboard path?

Source: My Nokia Blog



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danielm298 says:

Yes, miss keyboards!!!

toyotast165 says:

++++ Times 10!

snowmutt says:

Sniff... sniff... keyboards.... makes me sad.  How have they fallen out of favor so completely???

iSeeiSheep says:

Looks like Microsoft Surface except much smaller =)


erichon99 says:

I think THAT IS the surface phone :)

WinFan1 says:

That looks awesome

sholokov says:

My father has a Nokia N9 and I used it for a couple of days. It is a very good phone (talking about hardware). The keyboard has a very nice feel to it.

WinFan1 says:

Yeah I have been dying to play with one

bokchoy1 says:

I actually like the two-tone effect. The red really stands out while the black camouflages the screen. One of the most distinctive looking sliders I've ever seen.

Gatlyn says:

Distinctive design... That's Nokia for you!

ggonzalez777 says:

Lol, its actually kinda nice!! And I'm not a fan of keyboards.

jhoff80 says:

It looks nice, but I don't like landscape QWERTY phones.  If it was portrait QWERTY and ran WP8, it'd be an immediate purchase.

cdbstl76 says:

Nobody wants portrait keyboards!!!!!

wadijusay says:

is there still a market for a qwerty?

ThePKReddy says:

Looking at that device, I almost want to go back to one :-)

ThePKReddy says:

Hell, I might. More screen real estate when typing.

Baka says:

I've been begging Nokia to make a WP7 version of their E7 for over a year.  If they make an E7-like WP8 I will pre-order the millisecond it is available, regardless of carrier.  NOKIA - MAKE THIS PHONE!!!!!

nickengineer says:

Hell yes. So wanting an Apollo replacement for my 7pro.

longcipher says:

Wow! Perfect design.

rpm5101 says:

Will the Apollo homescreen rotate to landscape?

splash112 says:

Nokia you little goon, release this phone immediately!

Jf.Vigor says:

It's FAT...

ThePKReddy says:

I second Phat

Do people still say phat?

Dagolara says:

Yes Nokia make a QWERTY phone for WP8

Residing says:

Verizon will get this one for WP8? Would be nice...

Jay Bennett says:

Yes, yes, yes, oh baby yes... || yeah I'd like this concept for Windows Phone

mjfadaway says:

That's the best keyboard I've ever seen on a phone.

MattLFC says:

I guess you never saw a HTC Universal or TouchPro2. Whilst the Uni was a bit bigger than most phones, nothing out there could match its keyboard. The TP2 keyboard was better than this one looks to be as well. Its a shame the 7Pro/Arrive was never available on most networks, as that was a wonderful keyboard, similar to the TP2. Id rather HTC make a qwerty WP8 device than Nokia, they seem to have the knack of making good qwerty phones. Its not often you'll see me wishing for an HTC lol...

Have you seen and used the Nokia E7?

theefman says:

Not really missing a hardware keyboard and prefer a slimmer device, so no, not really something I would like to see personally.

larspassic says:

I would love a lumia with a keyboard

UltimateKGB says:

Yes please, wife wants away from blackberry and would go wo but as it is the only option with a physical keyboard it makes it hard. Come in Nokia try and get some of the BB crowd

Big Supes says:

Very nice. Bring to Wp8, please. :)

kiddori says:

No, no, no! Physical keyboards have no future and everyone knows it, even Microsoft.

WinFan1 says:

Dude whether you like physical keyboards or not you cannot deny that it is a nice looking design

nickengineer says:

Never ever assume that because you dont like something, that there isn't a market for it. I so want an Apollo qwerty.

rightisray says:

Disagree, physical keyboards are very nice for those of us that aren't 20 years old anymore.  I've a lot more screen to see with a physical keyboard. 

lippidp says:

I have three kids under 13 years old and they all prefer keyboards, as do I and my girlfriend (and she's over 18, I swear!)

rightisray says:

Sure she is... picks up phone to call police...

Gergolos says:

I'd LOVE it! Am using the Arrive ( 7 pro) right now and really enjoy it. In fact I like the keyboard from the 7 pro more than the N9 Keyboard...but all in all: Keyboards rock! I hope for a solid WP8 QWERTY-Phone!!!

hfcoma says:

Announce a QWERTZ/QWERTY WP8 slider phone tomorrow ... will buy one instantly ...

blessthejon says:

I would so totally get this if it was wp8.

holzlondon says:

I would buy a qwerty Version of the Lumia 920.  (preferrably portrait, but landscape would do) 
Here's why: 
I love my N8 for the camera, but everything else is annoying
I love the keyboard on my Blackberry Torch 9810 from work, but everything else is annoying
I love my wife's Lumia 800 for the UI of Windows Phone, but miss the connectivity options etc.
I love the options WP8 looks like it will be offering.
I've been planning on getting the 920 (maybe around Christmas, early next year (SIM free), but if they had the 920, with WP8, pureview (even the 20MP would be brilliant, come on who needs more...), and a physical keyboard.  I'd be all like.....

Rolf92 says:

When it is a Lumia 920 with addition of QWERTY keyboard I would buy it.
Cyan Keyboard and black screen please!!!

jasonxz says:

I'd buy one of these as is w/WP8 on it.  Don't need to change a thing.
For those of you who think there's no market for this, you're obviously wrong.  It may be a niche market, but it exists, and Nokia could corner it w/this device.

patiua says:

YES, please. Wife would change from desire z instantly. She's not liking android, and wants a physical keyboard...

wsanchez78 says:

I had the HTC tilt 2. That was many generations ago, it ran win 6.5. That phone was too bulky for no real benefit (like more battery) other than the keyboard. Win 7 software keyboard works great for me

MediaCastleX says:

I know some ladies that would DEFINITELY get something like this in a heartbeat... =P

yeungl says:

I will not buy a WP8 without a keyboard. That's why I stick with my DVP

ahabenezer says:

I would love this! Especially if it WP8 has more support for landscape orientation. 

pdjcrawford says:

I actually passes on the N8 in order to have the keyboard of the E7, still clinging to Symbian. When the 900 came out I finally made the leap off the"burning platform" but the lack of a keyboard was a major concern for me. I really hated touch screen entry. After months of the 900 I don't any longer feel the need for the physical keyboard and likely wouldn't consider it if such a product were on offer.

nokia4life says:

I want this maaaaaaaan

someone should make a phone with detachable keyboard adapter like the surface or the windows 8 tables clamshell +9000

Munkeyphyst says:

Did you really just +9000 your own post? That's funny.

skoll1988 says:

yeeeeeeees fuck yes i want that fucking device runing wp8 NOW!

lippidp says:

I would definitely have considered that as an upgrade to my Quantum, but would need to know about the rest of the specs, of course.

blessthejon says:

Hopefully they make pureview standard on at least all high end Lumia phones. I really wanna get a keyboard+pureview.

MastrMeatWad says:

I would love that! I think with the keyboard covers there is no reason you cannot have something like that for phones. Like keyboards

Yesss!!! Bring that out !! Wtf were they thinking canceling this?? Smfh!

xprc says:

no way for bulky keyboard

wrigs says:

This, + pureview = yes.  I don't care how thick it is it would be amazing.  The two tone color is awesome as is.

brorim says:

That is one sexy phone

venetasoft says:

Thats why I am quite sure that Surface is made by Nokia !!!

arushkalra says:

Please please make this happen Nokia. Its brilliant!

blackprince says:

I'm sure lots of people would love one of these but for me it's meh.

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Nimdock says:

I would buy this immediately.
Love my hardware keyboards.

jerrynomenon says:

Launch it with wp8 with both qwerty and qwerty free version! Also with no buttons with software buttons, wish M$ support software buttons.

gillaz1976 says:

We do realise that Nokia can't cover every single thing we want from a WP8 phone don't we? The reason I say this is come tomorrow there will be people moaning. You have got to be patient, im sure they will be bringing out phones this year and early next. My contract ends Nov 2013, the earliest I can upgrade is next may unless im willing to pay to upgrade earlier but im willing to wait till may to see more of a line up. Coz again I know what will happen, everyone will get WP8 in Nov and Dec and then start crying coz they are in 2 year contracts at the start of next year coz something better is out

venetasoft says:

With wp8, could be interesting, but I still prefer a large touch screen and a thicker body...