Nokia and Eldar Murtazin, it's safe to say, have a bit of history. And generally not good history either.
And yet the Russia-based mobile blogger and self-proclaimed industry insider is claiming once again to have been taken into confidence by Nokia and shown the company's next flagship Windows Phone.
That would be the aluminium-bodied handset that popped up on the rumour mill a little while back bearing the codename “Catwalk”.
Murtazin says he got to see the next Lumia hero device at Mobile World Congress, where he was invited into a “secret room” where Nokia was giving a sneak peak of future handsets to a select few.
Do with that information what you will, but for his part Murtazin says the Nokia handset he was shown (he makes no mention of the “Catwalk” name) scores highly on the design and camera front, but is let down by the Windows Phone OS.
Paraphrasing the direct translation of the original article in Russian, he's quoted as saying “Good camera, but Windows Phone still spoils everything. 'Oh, Windows Phone, why are you not Android,' those present said, shaking their heads.”
Murtazin's verdict appears to be a mixed one: on the one hand he says it made a good impression and could easily end up as one of the most popular smartphones of the year, but on the other said the presence of Windows Phone meant it would likely be a sales disappointment.
It's all a bit hard to believe, to be honest. If Murtazin wasn't the only one there, why is he the only one saying anything about it (or have I missed something)? Secondly, why no mention of the Catwalk name? Or is he implying that was a false rumour in itself?
Plus, all indications are that Nokia's next generation of smartphones will be timed to run the next generation of Windows Phone – either the GDR2 release or the bigger Blue update, which will only be emerging later this year.
And yet he says nothing on any of this, he simply criticises the presence of Windows Phone in the first place.
Any other theories out there? Is Murtazin's “secret room” just a dark corner of his own mind? Do you think Nokia's on the right path dropping the polycarbonate (if that's indeed what it's planning to do)? Have your say in the Comments below.