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"Now WHATEVER YOU DO, none of you leak my phone to the blogosphere." Whoops, sorry Stephen Elop.  (Source: YouTube)

Nokia's super-confidential first Windows Phone 7 handset looks a lot like the N9.  (Source: Technet)
Company's worse nightmare -- blogosphere mass exposure -- is realized

Stephen Elop, the embattled former Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) Canada executive-turned Nokia Oyj.'s (HEL:NOK1V) first non-Finnish CEO, held a humorous press conference in which he pleaded with the press not to share video of the super secret first Nokia Windows Phone 7 handset that he was going to show them.

He beseeched [video]:
So now I'm going to just ask everybody to put away your cameras, turn off all of the recording devices.  I'm serious because I'm going to share something with you that's a big debate, should we show this in front of what's will be thousands of people around the world because this is something that is super-confidential and we do not want to see out in the blogosphere -- wherever it is.
Of course some evil reporter did indeed grab video and photos of the device, which are now sitting up on the aforementioned blogosphere.  The offender appears to be László Ferenc over at Hungarian site TechNet -- of course, the leak could have come from elsewhere as well.

The video only contains the start of the talk, which mentions "Gorilla Glass", "beautiful design", and a "pillow-shaped backing".

Looking at the pictures, the phone looks a lot like the recently announced N9, which has a look somewhat akin to an oversized fourth generation iPod Nano from Apple, Inc. (AAPL).  In the Windows Phone 7 version, code named "Sea Ray", the LED has been moved slightly, but it appears to have the same 8 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens.  A hardware shutter button has been added to the side of the phone, in conforming with the WP7 spec.

The device is also reportedly running Windows Phone 7.1 "Mango".

The sooner Nokia can get the device to market in massive quantities, the better.  At this point Nokia is hemorrhaging market share at an alarming rate. The biggest reason why is simply that customers don't want to buy phones on a dying platform -- Symbian.  They might feel a bit different about a slick Windows Phone 7 handset, though.

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Will It Come to the US?
By Arsynic on 6/23/2011 12:32:39 PM , Rating: 3
And will it come to Verizon??? So far all we have is the underwhelming HTC Trophy.

RE: Will It Come to the US?
By Botia on 6/23/2011 1:03:28 PM , Rating: 2
Does it come in white?

RE: Will It Come to the US?
By aharris on 6/23/2011 6:07:06 PM , Rating: 1
Can one hold it wrong?

RE: Will It Come to the US?
By someguy123 on 6/23/2011 7:17:07 PM , Rating: 5
It is white.

You're just looking at it wrong.

By fic2 on 6/23/2011 12:37:37 PM , Rating: 3
Judging by the pictures these were deliberately leaked. Those aren't some far away shots or quick "oh my god get a picture before they see me". Those are posed pictures of the camera.

RE: Leaked?
By cjohnson2136 on 6/23/2011 1:08:38 PM , Rating: 2
Could be they were passing the phone around for people to look out and he got them quick while it was in his hands.

I don't really believe that just playing Devil's advocate but it could be possible.

RE: Leaked?
By koenshaku on 6/24/2011 5:38:49 PM , Rating: 2
Well it was actually a company conference that got leaked.
The full video can be seen below.

By croc on 6/24/2011 2:15:49 AM , Rating: 3
Standard Operating Procedure for Nokia. They typically announce a new product, replete with all of the whiz-bang whistles, about 6 to 9 months prior to the actual model appearing. I've even seen the hoopla go on for up to a year. Annoying, but that's Nokia's style. Sort of like how Apple does it, I suppose....

RE: SOP...
By robinthakur on 6/24/2011 4:48:20 AM , Rating: 2
Not really, Apple puts the product on the shelves within weeks (albeit in limited supply) and their devices typically look decent. This just looks...unexciting. Apart from the faint excitement of seeing a MS OS running on a Nokia, there's zero to excite in this phone.

Get to da market!!! (Arnold Voice)
By bplewis24 on 6/23/2011 11:16:50 AM , Rating: 2
Specs don't matter much. I'm sure the introductory WP7 Nokia phone will be on some very nice hardware with a good design. If they don't bring it to market until Q1 of next year, it won't matter.

All that matters is an expected release date. There are people waiting for Nokia/WP7 to do something right, and they will purchase it. But they won't wait forever.

By blueaurora on 6/23/2011 11:38:05 AM , Rating: 2
I'm with your train of thought also. Its not like a regular consumer electornic device. People buy smartphones when their contract is up or they are up for a gift from a loved one on the same plan not when they see something new and pretty. As the Nokia faithful wherever you people are (except for outside the us) coming up for renewal you're going to buy something good on the market right now. They won't last much longer without something valid in today's marketplace as they no longer have any niche.

This better be coming beginning to middle of Q3. Parade that camera out so the US purchasing public can see it! I wish my android phone had a camera like that.

By radium69 on 6/24/2011 2:34:12 AM , Rating: 3
"Looking at the pictures, the phone looks a lot like the recently announced N9, which has a look somewhat akin to an oversized fourth generation iPod Nano from Apple, Inc. (AAPL)."

Not everything looks like an apple product or a ripoff from apple.

Phone looks good though, I hope the software will be on par with android.(performance that is) Nokia sure could use a boost and this would be a good time, takes ages to probably get it to the market though...

Super confidential!
By quiksilvr on 6/23/2011 11:17:13 AM , Rating: 2

Press Conference?
By ProModeler on 6/24/2011 12:39:08 PM , Rating: 2
Why in the world does a company hold a press conference and then ask the press not to do its job? Is marketing that messed up these days?

A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By jnemesh on 6/23/11, Rating: -1
RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By Ramstark on 6/23/2011 12:11:21 PM , Rating: 3
"From alienating the core business users, to launching with a buggy, non-multitasking OS, to bricking (temporarily) phones with updates, WP7 has been a comedy (or tragedy, if you are a Microsoft employee) of errors from the beginning. Now, with under 2% market share, two of the largest companies in mobile are betting their entire future on this OS..."

Mmm...interesting, I think I can find these exact comment a year ago, but I also think it was about Android OS...

RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By jnemesh on 6/23/11, Rating: -1
RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By bplewis24 on 6/23/11, Rating: 0
RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By jvillaro on 6/23/2011 11:47:38 PM , Rating: 4
You forgot the <sarcasm> </sarcasm> tags

RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By Gungel on 6/23/2011 12:52:13 PM , Rating: 2
The potential for WP7 is going to be huge. Windows 8 and WP7 will be tightly integrated with each other. Xbox live and all of Microsoft's cloud services are also connected to WP7. WP7 will be the mobile door to access all of these services on the go.

RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By OoklaTheMok on 6/23/2011 1:47:58 PM , Rating: 2
Really? Exact same hardware? I don't know about you, but I use my phone as a camera quite a bit, and having a quality lens and sensor makes a huge difference to me. HTC and Samsung phones make awful cameras. My old Blackberry camera was so much better than the current HTC/Samsung phones. It was only 3.2MP, but the focus and noise were so much better. This feature is a key decision point to me and I don't see another phone maker putting this much detail into the camera portion of their devices.

So you may feel it is the same, and to a degree it is, but it is also refined and improved making it better than the same.

RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By bug77 on 6/23/2011 3:12:32 PM , Rating: 2
To be honest, in your case the gazillion megapixels may be the culprits, not Samsung or HTC. 3.2MP may make sense on a phone, but 8MP? There are SLR lenses out there that won't resolve that much detail. And cramming all that on a tiny sensor, is bound to cause noise issues, no matter who makes the camera.

RE: A new Obelisk!!! Oooooooh!
By radium69 on 6/24/2011 2:40:01 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, my current Nokia N8 makes great pictures, and next year I'll need a phone that has the same or better camera.
I like the idea of having a camera on my phone and use it for point and shoot pictures. Also sound quality and smoothness of the video camera is great.

It's an absolute pleasure to have a phone that can be very usefull in every way. Think of that as a carcam, or pictures for holiday, without needing to buy a seperate point and shoot camera. MP3 playback quality matters aswell, pretty handy when you're not driving and feel like taking a break for a moment.

All of my previous phones had this, but it's becoming more and more of a pain in the bum to find a new phone with the nice qualities.
Just my 2 cents.

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