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This is what the Nokia Moonraker smartwatch would have looked like

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The Nokia Moonraker is a long rumored device that Microsoft worked on in 2015, but it never saw the light of day and now a new video shows what the watch would have been like.

ProtoBetaTest (opens in new tab) managed to find a prototype version of the Moonraker and tested it in the video below to show off the main features of the watch.

The watch was set to launch with the Nokia Lumia 930 (the first phone from the company to have Windows Phone 8.1 software out of the box) but was later cancelled for the company to focus on the Microsoft Band.

Band over watch

The design of the watch itself is square, blocky and looks to have a similar design language to the Sony Smartwatch 3, which was one of the best Android Wear watches at the time.

The Moonraker featured Microsoft's Metro-style tile interface that looks similar to how Windows Phone worked back in 2015. The video shows that Facebook would have been integrated to get notifications from the social network directly to your wrist, and the watch also featured a step tracker, messaging, emails and phone calls.

Microsoft's Band fitness trackers worked well, but neither particularly excelled and it's interesting to wonder whether a smartwatch design for the first of Microsoft's wearables may have been a bigger success.

The Nokia branding is now used for a series of hybrid watches and fitness trackers called the Nokia Go, Nokia Steel and Nokia Steel HR, but none of these are as smart and feature-filled as the Nokia Moonraker would have been.

Via WindowsLatest (opens in new tab)

James is Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He's currently most excited about the Samsung Galaxy S22, God of War: Ragnarok and the rumored foldable iPhone.