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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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Specs?
By Aloonatic on 10/8/2011 4:28:18 AM , Rating: 2
Specs are only part of the story, as pointed out in the plethora of comments elsewhere. A good interface is needed too, and I think that MS have something that is at least smooth and different, but perhaps not to everyone's taste. Finally, phones also need to look good as well. This is where Windows Phones really seem to suffer.

They're already on the back foot on the stands in the mobile phone shop as people compare processors, cores, speeds, screen sizes.

How they look needs to stand out.

If Nokia can produce a good looking WP7 phone, then they might do well. Just look at the uninspired offerings that are out there already. HTC seem to have have just recycled unsold, cheap, Android handsets and styling, while Samsung (or anyone else, who are making WP7 phones?) haven't made much that looks too great from what I've seen either.

The WP7 interface could be the greatest that the world has ever seen, but if they go around with:

- Poor spcs (because people do go by those, rightly or wrongly).
- Dull, uninspired looks.
- And still try to charge top dollar.

Then Windows Phone 7 is going to go bye bye. There may be plenty of gadget lovers out there willing to put up with this for the love of tech, but the masses wont when they can get a better spec'ed, bigger, prettier Android phone for a similar price or an iPhone.

I actually want a WP7 phone, but there's nothing out there inspiring me and all I see and hear are better or more exciting things going on elsewhere with Android and iOS.




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