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WinPhone 95 - The smartphone never launched by Microsoft

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Henrique Perticarati writes:

"What if Microsoft had launched a smartphone in 1995? Introducing WinPhone 95, the best smartphone never released."

This is the best way to describe this personal project of mine. I've been working on this in my spare time, It's been a lot of fun, and even Microsoft Design team had replied to me on Twitter! Wow!

Hope you guys like it!

I've used Blender + Cycles for all 3D stuff, and Affinity Photo for post processing. The "landing page" was designed in Affinity Designer.

Please check the whole project in Bechance.

14 Comments

  1. Did you ever see a Dell Axim X51v? Launched two years before the first iPhone, all it needed was an extra comms chip to turn it into a full mobile Windows smartphone. The iPhone was not revolutionary - it was just a logical evolution of the Axim.

  2. Time is the main factor that is hard to have on your side.

    I'd have done the impossible to have one of these at hands, but just at that time. Now, it simply has values as unique but won't worth much on real use. Web standards have changed, connectivity has changed, RAM requirements for applications have changed, CPU requirements have changed.

    There have been many projects that unfortunately didn't or couldn't catch the rhythm of time and remained forgotten in dark, but Microsoft has the whole capability to see what makes people desiring to have one of this that actually they didn't do on their ultimate models.

  3. Cool idea! One crit: If that's a CRT display (judging by the curved screen), then the case should be much thicker for a screen that size. But they had color LCD displays in 1995, why didn't you put that in instead?

  4. Rafael Brandão on

    It comes with the revolutionary personal assistant Clippy?

    Between, i think that Minesweeper and Snow Skiing game would work really well in a touch phone.

  5. I had an HP iPaq back then running Windows, WAY ahead of iphone. Showed it off to my friends, had a stylus, ran Windows Mobile. Had a (really slow) wireless internet connection. Only thing missing was an actual phone even though all the individual components already there. The existing Windows GUI was terrible at that scale though, could have been a lot more thumb-friendly. (THEN is when they should have introduced Tiles)
    I was a little perturbed when the iPhone 'invented' the smartphone!

    But this is good concept!

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