Nokia and Microsoft announced what some saw as an unholy
alliance at the beginning of the year and next week we will get the first
progeny of this coupling, but as always, ahead of the official launch we have got
some leaked images and details.
First things first, Nokia is set to launch its renewed
assault on the smartphone market with not one, not two but three new
smartphones which will run the Windows Phone 7.5 (codenamed Mango) software.
These will be unveiled officially by CEO Stephen Elop at Nokia World in London next Wednesday.
First up is the Nokia 800 which looks very much like a
rebranded N9, the smartphone from Nokia launched in a limited number of
countries around the world which runs Nokia’s Harmattan version of MeeGo.
Images of the Nokia 800 have been published by website
PocketNow and show that the new phone will come in the same colours (black,
blue and pink) as the N9.
Moving onto the Nokia Sabre, it will be a slightly smaller
device with a 3.5in screen and will come with the hardware buttons which
Microsoft demands of its OEMs. It will retail at between £260 and £300 unlocked
and will come in a fetching white.
The last handset set to be unveiled by Nokia will be one
called the Nokia Ace and is set to target business-orientated customers with a
slide-out portrait keyboard. It will be the third Windows Phone handset with a
physical keyboard following on from the Dell Venue Pro and the HTC Pro 7, launched earlier this year.
Of course while all these rumours have been leaked a number
of times, we won’t know how accurate they are until Elop takes to the stage at
Nokia World next Wednesday and of course we’ll be in the crowd to bring you all the
details as they happen.