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Nokia's alleged 3-inch mystery device is just a name tag

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A picture alleged to be a 3-inch Windows Phone from Nokia isn't actually a Windows Phone at all — it's just an electronic name tag for company staffers.

Nokia nametag
Nokia nametag

A picture of a 3-inch Nokia device alleged to be a buttonless Windows Phone emerged over the weekend, causing a good stir: it doesn't look like either of the announced Lumia devices by a long shot, and the complete lack of controls represents a big departure for Windows Phone's design requirements.

Seeing how the picture shows Nokia exec Chris Weber's name, we figured it might be an electronic name tag — and it turns out that's exactly the case. We reached out to Nokia today, who confirmed that they're just programmable badges for company staffers that can be worn, hung from a lanyard, or — yes — even used as a belt buckle.

So it's not the tiny minimalist Windows Phone you were hoping for... but it's still awesome. And we definitely want one.