The Nokia smartwatch that never was

Moonraker Windows-esque device was cancelled by Microsoft
The Nokia smartwatch that never was

The Microsoft Band is a terrible thing. And we dislike it even more now we've learned that its existence led to this slick looking smartwatch being cancelled.

Discovered by leak master Evan Blass, the Nokia Moonraker smartwatch was apparently in a prototype stage when it was shown off at MWC 2014 in Barcelona. The plan was to launch it alongside the Lumia 930 smartphone.

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However, Microsoft bought out Nokia and pulled the plug on the Windows-esque smartwatch, in order to focus wearable attention on the Microsoft Band activity tracker.

These images, taken from a Microsoft design employee's Tumblr, are said to be potential marketing images, rather than just concept designs.

The Moonraker smartwatch would have packed in calendar update, emails, texts, step counting, a camera remote control, Nokia's Mix Radio app and third party notifications from the likes of Facebook.

The rumour mill was suggesting a Microsoft smartwatch would arrive before Christmas last year but nobody was expecting a fitness band. But that's exactly what's happened as the Redmond tech goliath unveiled the Microsoft Band.

We'd have preferred the Moonraker.

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