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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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Leaked?
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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M1wC0pS_No


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