Meet McLaren, Nokia’s Never-Released Windows Phone

Nokia McLaren

Windows Central and MrMobile (aka Michael Fisher) have a bit of a scoop: They have somehow gotten their hands on a prototype Nokia Windows phone from 2014 that never made its way to market.

What was eventually dubbed “McLaren”, the successor to the Lumia 1020 started development in 2013 as a top-secret device referred to as “Goldfinger”. And it’s easy to see why: using projected capacitive display technology it offered a form of 3D touch that would put iPhone to shame.

As you can probably surmise from the image above, the user could interact with McLaren without necessarily touching the screen. In fact, there was a special interface planned for the phone, called MixView. But why am I still talking? MrMobile has a four-minute YouTube demo to get you up to speed!

Sadly, McLaren’s 3D touch tech was not ready for prime time. But canceling the phone had unanticipated consequences for the entire Windows Phone platform. Windows Central explains:

By canceling McLaren, Microsoft and Nokia sealed the fate of Windows Phone. When you write off a flagship and you don’t have a Plan B phone ready to go. That’s it.

I don’t think it would have saved Windows Phone 8.1 from declining sales, but it may have kept market share from nosediving.

Sources: MrMobile, Windows Central

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