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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 TakinYourPoints on 10/8/2011 6:31:39 AM , Rating: 2
This article from earlier made me think of where Microsoft fits into all of this: http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/07/real-racing-2-s...

It is a situation where game developers can have multiple gamers on iPhones and iPads play splitscreen multiplayer games on an HDTV through an AppleTV. Super cool implementation and iOS actually has the game developers to make it happen.

The thing is that Microsoft will also eventually have the hardware ecosystem to make this happen. The XBox 360 doesn't have the ability to push video wirelessly from external sources like an AppleTV does (it is 2005 hardware after all), but you can bet that the next-gen XBox will be capable of doing this, and it will work similarly with Windows Phone 7 devices. You can also bet that Microsoft will pay developers to make the software happen since they are a game publisher as well.

Where does this leave Android? Again, there are no standards or vertical integration that exists there. Unless it involves the game host plugging into the TV via HDMI, or if Google makes it work with something like a Roku, I don't see it happening, not until some global standards are actually followed and work as well as these other vertically integrated systems.


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