Nokia 800 gets official video teaser
Nokia gave the first official peek at the Nokia 800 Windows Phone with a commercial on British TV (below). The clip essentially confirms its N9-inspired design, including the slightly curved display. Windows Phone itself isn't shown, although the tiled background directly lines up with a leaked ad campaign.
Nokia Sabre prototype spotted, to get 1.4GHz CPU
A photo of a prototype Nokia handset, the Sabre, has been shared by PocketNow. The handset, first seen mentioned in a Canadian contest, will run on Windows Phone, with the source pointing out that a 1.4GHz chip (a Snapdragon) will power it. There is otherwise 1GB of RAM onboard, along with a relatively small 3.5-inch, 480x800 screen.
Nokia 800 all but certain after PR slips
Some of the last remaining details of the Nokia 800 have slipped out through a leak Wednesday. The company's first Windows Phone, better known as the Sea Ray, has shown up at PocketNow and largely confirms that the prototype seen earlier is the same that users will get at stores. It also shows references to Nokia Navigation and Nokia Music that support Nokia's claims it will have some control over what ships out of the box.
Nokia 710 specs slip early
The profile (since pulled). Badged only as the as yet unannounced 710, it has the same 1.4GHz single-core, ARM Cortex-A8 chip and 3.7-inch display. Its specs appear to be incomplete as it's described using Nokia's old tablet OS but having an "undisclosed" browser and a micro SIM card slot that would never have been attached to Nokia's old platform.
Nokia gives Sea Ray Nokia 800 branding
The Nokia 800 (Sea Ray) has apparently surface in promotional material ahead of its launch. The phone pictured in the latest leak closely resembles a previous leak of the Windows Phone 7 handset first seen at the end of September. It is also very similar in design to Nokia’s one-off MeeGo N9 handset.
Game stat site reveals possible new Windows Phones
Two new Windows Phone handsets have appeared on the scene. WPCentral has gleaned some revealing information while monitoring Occasional Gamer's stats page. The Webpage tracks gaming by both the games being played and also the phones on which they are being played. Listed amongst the phones being used were two new entries, the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Samsung Monument.
Elop tries to upstage iPhone at Helsinki tech show
At a technology fair in Helsinki this week, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop reiterated that the company will introduce several
Windows Phone handsets this quarter. The company is expected to formally unveil at least one of its new Nokia Windows Phone 7 models at the upcoming Nokia World trade show in London. Leaks show Nokia has developed at least two Windows Phone handsets, known by their internal codenames "Sea Ray" and "Sabre."
Nokia Sabre and Sea Ray given away by Microsoft
Microsoft inadvertently spoiled plans for not one but two Nokia phones through a Canadian contest entry (since changed). A Windows Phone 7.5 App Challenge offered the winner one of four Windows Phones going by their codenames, including the Nokia Sea Ray and a previous uncorroborated second model, the Sabre. The second phone is expected to be a smaller, slightly lower end phone with a 3.7-inch screen and the need for a micro SIM card.
App Highlights becomes first Nokia WP7 title
Nokia signalled that it was getting close to its first Windows Phone hardware by quietly posting its first official software. App Highlights (Zune link), a portal that curates Nokia's picks for local and worldwide apps, has been posted to the store this week without the option of an actual download. It may be written specifically to support the Mango update as it will post news of updates on the home screen, relfecting Mango's better support of home tiles.
Microsoft WP7 lead booted out for talking Sea Ray
Microsoft has likely forced out one of its program managers for discussing details of Nokia's first Windows Phone. Web platform lead Joe Marini in a series of Twitter updates didn't provide device details but did describe his subjective experiences. Rating it an eight out of ten, Marini said the phone was one of the "slickest-looking" Nokia phones yet and had a "solid feel, good camera, [and a] responsive UI."
Nokia makes large WP7 phone order from Compal
Taiwan-area media claimed Friday that Nokia would start taking its first Windows Phone 7 devices in September. Local contractor and regular Nokia supplier Compal would be shipping a full two million of the smartphones for the fall. Local investment firm worker and former tech journalist Dan Nystedt, in getting the information, didn't narrow down an exact ship date.
Photos show Windows Phone on non-Sea Ray phones
Following on the heels of recent leaked evidence of Nokia's forthcoming Microsoft Mango-based Sea Ray, images of other Nokia smartphones running the Windows Phone OS have popped up. My Nokia Blog has posted renderings of a new crop of Nokia phones ostensibly running the Microsoft OS. The source of the images is an email supposedly from a Microsoft employee, but sent via ovi.com, Nokia'a apps website.
Would be Nokia's 1st phone to run Mango
AT&T may be getting the Nokia Sea Ray. A reference was purportedly hidden in a screenshot of DSLReport's Mobile Speed Test and outed by Blog of Mobile. This would make the Sea Ray Nokia's first smartphone running Microsoft's Phone 7.5 (Mango) to hit US shores since the company announced in February it was going to focus on Windows Phone as its primary OS in the future.
GamesCom won't see the release of a WP7 phone
The August 17 event Microsoft and Nokia are inviting press to won't see the release of a new Windows Phone handset as originally expected, according to slips. A trusted but unnamed source revealed to This is my next that the two companies are instead planning to make new connections and strengthen existing ones with local developers before the release of Windows Phone 7's Mango update. The Sea Ray handset may also be shown off at the event again, however.
Nokia and Microsoft to hold event at GamesCom
Nokia and Microsoft have sent out invitations for a special event that could be the venue for the introduction of Nokia's first Windows phone. The August 17 gathering at Cologne's GamesCom expo is cast as a "Nokia & Microsoft party" with live music. It would also pack "exciting actions and surprises," according to The Unwired's copy, hinting that there may be an unveiling.
Microsoft wraps up WP7 Mango ahead of apps
Microsoft has quietly finished Windows Phone 7's major Mango update, according to details in an episode of the Windows Phone Dev Podcast. Build 7710 has been released to manufacturing, which will make it the version the first shipping phones use. The company has already said it will take app submissions on August 22, likely a sign the OS will be on shipping devices soon afterwards.
Nokia Sea Ray prototype leaked out
Nokia's Sea Ray prototype has been given its first real hands-on outside of controlled conditions. The Windows Phone 7 hardware is using what's believed to be the gold master version of Mango, including a new "7" boot screen. Despite suspicions that it might go buttonless on the front like the N9, the three usual WP7 controls are on show in WPXAP's factory demo.
Nokia Windows Phone 'Sea Ray' looks like N9
Nokia in a Hungarian leak has shown its first Windows Phone 7 device. In a video presentation (below), CEO Stephen Elop showed a "super confidential" device codenamed Sea Ray. The design Technet.hu saw is nearly identical to the N9 and makes only a few changes, including WP7's dedicated camera button and a newly altered camera flash.