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Nokia CEO Leaks First Windows Phone Handset

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Nokia Windows Phone Sea Ray

You have to begin to wonder whether Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop understands the way technology works. Having attracted the ire of a senior Nokia software engineer for dumping MeeGo, the former Microsoft employee has now inadvertently given us a look at the first Windows Phone handset from the Finnish manufacturers.

Elop was speaking in front of a group of journalists and bloggers, when he asked everyone to turn off their recording devices and warned them not to take any pictures. However, instead of waiting to make sure that his request was being complied with, Elop produced from his suit pocket what he called a “super confidential” handset codenamed “Sea Ray”. Instead of immediately shutting down their cameras, the guys at Hungarian tech site technet.hu kept the film rolling and captured Elop putting the handset on the overhead camera and showing off what looks almost identical to the Meego-running N9, announced earlier this week. The only discernible differences we can see immediately is that the LED flash on the rear is in line with the 8 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens and there is an extra physical button alongside the camera button and volume rocker.

Of course if this is a Windows Phone handset, another difference between it and the N9 will be the hardware platform, as Windows Phone does not support the OMAP 3 platform currently residing inside the N9. As Windows Phone only supports some of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips, one of these will be sitting inside the Sea Ray, if it is the real deal. With initial reaction to the N9 overwhelmingly positive, on both the hardware and software sides, Nokia could certainly do worse than combine Windows software with the N9 hardware.

Nokia Windows Phone Sea Ray

Of course Nokia is not admitting that this is going to be the launch Windows Phone handset, the fact the leaked pictures shows it running Windows Phone Mango makes it fairly obvious. Nokia will be holding its Nokia World conference in London on 26 October and it could be a likely date for the official unveiling of the first Windows Phone. Nokia has said it will be bringing ten new Symbian phones to market in the next 12 months so it could be a bumper conference for Nokia and we’ll be there for every minute of it.

Nokia Windows Phone Sea Ray

We realise this whole charade could be a bit of distraction from Nokia but we suspect that this is a mistake from Elop, who should have known better. He seems to be like a child who had a new toy they couldn’t wait to show off and a misstep like this is not what Nokia needs at the moment.

Via: Engadget

markc1728

June 23, 2011, 9:24 pm

Well I know what my next phone is going to be then. I was going to wait for the iPhone. But this is the new front runner.

I like the look of the N9 but not the "dead in the water" OS. But now the same styling being coupled with a (possibly) viable and potentially excellent OS means I am going to get my first Nokia this millenium

WestHej

June 23, 2011, 10:19 pm

I don't see how it's a bad thing that the phone has 'leaked'. If anything they are simply starting the hype/marketing machine started for the introduction of their WP7 handset(s).

ElectricSheep

June 23, 2011, 10:46 pm

Elop's up to no good again. I think that with all the rapturous adulation Nokia's getting for their excellent MeeGo (Maemo 6) N9, he just wanted to take some wind out of (his own!) sails to promote W7 instead. Honestly, you couldn't write this stuff! Strange times.

Hans Gruber

June 24, 2011, 4:50 am

"We realise this whole charade could be a bit of distraction from Nokia but we suspect that this is a mistake from Elop, who should have known better. He seems to be like a child who had a new toy they couldn't wait to show off and a misstep like this is not what Nokia needs at the moment."

No. I'm with ElectricSheep on this one. As others have said, Elop is something of a Trojan Horse and there's plenty to fear that he may not have Nokia's best interests foremost at heart. Watching him in that video above it appears his actions are deliberate - no one could consciously be that naive. There were at least two people filming him at that time. If I were Nokia I'd be worried with him at the helm.

Can anyone clarify if Nokia are exclusively tied to Microsoft for choice of smartphone OS? That seems like a totally stupid and unfair state of affairs if true and begs the question of why that would be so when other handset manufacturers like HTC offer a choice of OS on their phones. Is Nokia really that small a fish? Surely not. So why sign such a restrictive and punitive deal?

Denis iii

June 24, 2011, 5:05 pm

My view is a leak will get more traction and views then an official announcement.
Personally, if this was a official announcement I would have held off reading it in favor of other news but because it was a "leak" that shouldn't of gotten out I read it immediately and watched the video so as far as I'm concerned Elop blatantly played the media which David Gilbert completely missed in this article.

"We realise this whole charade could be a bit of distraction from Nokia but we suspect that this is a mistake from Elop, who should have known better. He seems to be like a child who had a new toy they couldn't wait to show off and a misstep like this is not what Nokia needs at the moment."

It was a charade. Elop does know better and has you reporting on what he wants you to. He does not seem a child with a new toy at all but a good leader with good ideas. Warranted, this is the first time I've seen him speak but I like what I heard and am more eager now for WinPho7 Mango + Nokia device then ever.

Arctic Fox

June 25, 2011, 5:39 am

@Hans Gruber

AFAIK Nokia is not *exclusively* committed to WP7, just that the os is their main focus. They have already said that Meego will continue to be an "experimental" programme with the occasional release now and then. If you do some googling on the the subject you will see that Meego will (even with general slimming down within Nokia) continue to represent something between 20% and 25% of Nokia's research budget - hardly small beer. Quite frankly I am getting rather tired of this "trojan horse" cliche. Elop worked for MS for a couple of years between 2008 and 2010 out of a 30-something year career so far. Is working even a short time for The Great Satan From Redmond like catching the T-virus in "Resident Evil"? I do not know what the future holds for Nokia, nor can I say whether Elop has made a good call or not. What I do know is that even though I currently own a Desire Z and am very happy with it I am not a member of anybody's gang and I wish Nokia well. The more choice and competition in the marketplace the better.

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