Remember the HP WindsorNot? This full-touch webOS smartphone appeared in a promotional video that began circulating around the web in mid-2012, but not long after it did, the company behind the clip asked that all images and video be yanked. The WindsorNot is back today, though, as the folks at webOS Nation have put up a lengthy story detailing the history of the unreleased device along with a truckload of photos showing a prototype unit in the wild.
According to the report from webOS Nation, the WindsorNot was slated to launch after the Pre 3 sometime late in 2011. However, it's said that HP webOS head Jon Rubinstein chose to allocate more resources to the Pre 3 over the WindsorNot due to his group's limited assets and AT&T's increased support for the Pre 3 over the full-touch unit, as well as a few other factors. That decision ended up pushing the WindsorNot into 2012 and, since the phone lacked LTE connectivity, ended up basically dooming the phone.
When it comes to specs, this particular WindsorNot prototype features a 4-inch 800x480, 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor and 8GB built-in storage. It also included a microUSB port on its bottom, 3.5mm headphone jack, ringer switch and power button up top and a home button on its face. On the software side of things, the WindsorNot is running a version of webOS 3.x that's not entirely optimized for the phone.
This is the first time that we're seeing actual photos of the handset in the wild, and now that we've gotten a good look at it, I'm kind of bummed that it never got to see the light of day. While its specs aren't anything to write home about now, a full-touch webOS smartphone with a 4-inch display would've been pretty interesting to use in 2011 when the platform was still a part of the wireless market. Instead we'll just have to ogle these images that webOS Nation has provided. The good news is that there's a ton of them to look at, including some shots of the device up and running, complete with a virtual keyboard. Hit up the link below even more details and images on the unreleased HP WindsorNot.