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New "Sun" handset appears to be branded "Sea Ray"

Months ago Nokia Oyj. (HEL:NOK1V) unveiled the "Sea Ray" in a private press conference that, of course, leaked onto the internet.  While the phone was unremarkable hardware-wise for a smartphone, the fact that it ran Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows Phone 7 made it kind of a big deal.

Now more secret Nokia Windows Phone 7 handset info has leaked.  Leaked documents reveal a phone branded the "Nokia Sun".  Nokia doesn't usually brand its products with real world names, so clearly this is a special event.

The Sun features a(n):
  • 1.4GHz single-core processor
  • 16GB flash storage
  • 8MP camera
  • 3.7" AMOLED screen
  • Micro SIM card
  • Polycarbonate unibody design
...according to the internal Orange France (EPA:FTE) internal document that leaked courtesy of MonWindowsPhone.

The Nokia Sun
The Nokia "Sea Ray"/"Sun" is almost to the market, but Nokia is about the last major manufacturer to launch a Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" handset. [Source: MonWindowsPhone]

These specs mean that it's likely the branded version of Sea Ray.  The document indicates that it will be available in week 46 (S46) -- the week of November 7.  

Other reports have indicated more coming Nokia WP7 handsets including the "Nokia Lumia 800" and the "Nokia 703".  Hopefully these handsets pack a bit more of a punch as a small screen single core smartphone isn't exactly keeping pace with the little monsters Google, Inc.'s (GOOG) Android hardware partners are cooking up these days.

Hopefully Nokia also speeds up its pace of deployment.  Nokia still plans to transition its entire lineup to using Windows Phone 7, but the company is moving a languid pace, being just about the last company to deploy a Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" handset.  That slow response is costing Nokia dearly as customers abandon its defunct Symbian platform and have no current option but to jump to rival handsets.

Sources: MonWindowsPhone, NeoWin

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By B3an on 10/7/2011 4:40:42 AM , Rating: 3
I agree with you on that for every single Android phone... apart from the Galaxy S2. That phone has the hardware and polish. WP7 is the smoothest and most polished phone OS around IMO, and while Android on the Galaxy S2 dont match it, it comes very close. It certainly matches iOS on the iPhone 4, it's atleast as smooth and overall works just as good.

Samsung have implemented GPU acceleration for the UI and some default Samsung apps, and also the browser. Other Android phone manaufacturers do this too, so you're wrong saying that Android dont have GPU acceleration. It's just up to to phone maker to do it, and only Samsung have so far done it well.

I just wish Mango atleast supported 1 or 2 dual-core SoC's. Because the platform could really do well with gaming and would benefit from the extra power. MS have a lot of potential here and could really get more gamers on board, especially with more in depth 360 integration and features. This is reason one why i wont be getting a WP7 phone until better hardware is supported, regardless if the WP7 UI runs smoother/faster than other OS's on better hardware.
Reason two is display resolution, all WP7 phones including upcoming phones all seem to support the typical 800x480 res, and this is another downside. I love the OS, it's just lacking the hardware still.

By BailoutBenny on 10/7/2011 11:03:49 AM , Rating: 2
all windows phones have the same resolution to guarantee the app experience. microsoft is taking a hybrid apple/google approach. google in that they don't care who the hardware maker is, apple in that they are enforcing every device to comply with certain specs so the experience is the same across the board and not the "android" experience.

they don't need dual core support but it will come, i am sure. the os takes up very little resources and gaming on the phone works just fine.

By Da W on 10/7/2011 11:19:42 AM , Rating: 2
so you're wrong saying that Android dont have GPU acceleration. It's just up to to phone maker to do it, and only Samsung have so far done it well.

And then phone maker get sued by Microsoft or Apple because OS companies own the IP for GPU acceleration.

I think MS will make a big hardware jump every 2 years or so. The platform is too young and apps are too few to bump to dual core hardware right away and develop apps that potentially wouldn't work on first generation WP7 with 1Ghz single core. Sure, dual core Androids or 3D screens are cool, but seriously, i can live without it. I still pay games on my beefed-up PC.

What i ask for, though, is:
-good camera
-good/fast/reliable GPS
-good sound
-big enough form factor cause my eyes are getting older.

So far differenciation in hardware is on keyboard / sound features. Expect also a WP7 (or WP8?) with a Xbox-like keypad next year.

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