The Nokia Lumia smartwatch is every bit as real as Android Wear, with smartwatch components popping up here and there over the Web, and even a GIF showcases the smartwatch's design from every angle, but GIFs can be fabricated and may not necessarily exist in reality. GIFs can be as artificial as photoshopped images.
A new video, though, shows the same design but not provides something we've not yet seen: the Nokia Lumia smartwatch's functionality. The video, an exclusive with YouTuber baidunokibar, highlights features of the now-scrapped smartwatch such as text messaging, email, missed call notifications, Facebook messages and updates, step counter, and a "Find My Phone" function (a "ring my phone" feature) similar to what we've seen on the Gear S lineup (including the original Gear S from 2014 and the Gear S2 from last year).
The step counter on the Nokia Lumia smartwatch, codenamed "Moonraker," showed how many steps walked and ran as well as the time for each - hinting that the device would've been able to record different types of exercise and keep exact measurements for each. Additionally, there was a music player, letting you play music while out for a walk or exercise. The usual "power off," "restore factory," and "Flight Mode" (Samsung added this feature to its Gear S2 with an update earlier this year) show the standard, expected features for wearables on the market nowadays.
All in all, the device looked similar to the watches of old, with a place for the button on the end of the strap to tie the smartwatch, and holes that mimic old Casio watches. There were 4 connector pins on the back of the Nokia Lumia smartwatch to connect the adapter and charge the smartwatch, with "Nokia" branding right where it should be. The back of the watch says "NFC," referring to "Near Field Communication" -- which implies that Nokia would've also provided some form of mobile payments or the sharing of photos, images, text messages, etc., with other smartwatch wearers.
It's a shame that we'll never know just how popular the Nokia Lumia smartwatch could've been, but Nokia hasn't given up on its return to greatness just yet. The company has purchased smart fitness tracker company Withings earlier this year, and rumors say that Nokia is looking to re-enter the smartphone business in 2017. This Nokia Lumia smartwatch may just be the prototype of a Nokia smartwatch to come.
To find out more, take a look at the Nokia Moonraker Lumia Smart Watch video below.