Nokia Sea Ray 'leaked': first Windows Phone

Nokia Sea Ray 'leaked': first Windows PhoneFor all the fact that the newly announced Nokia N9 is clearly a very capable smartphone, it creates a significant headache for Nokia is it runs MeeGo, the platform the Finns so publicly turned their back on back in February.

It's clear Nokia just wants the N9/MeeGo episode out of the way – after all, why else would boss Stephen Elop allow himself to be publicly filmed showing off a WinPho development unit just days after the N9's arrival.

Scan through the press releases Nokia served up for the N9's launch and you won't find the word MeeGo too prominently mentioned, and the reason is obvious: the N9 likely to be the only MeeGo Nokia ever released, and Nokia wants the attention back on the Windows Phone project as quickly as possible.

And it looks like CEO Stephen Elop has managed to achieve just that, thanks to a bit of old-fashioned media gamesmanship.

The Nokia boss treated a select audience to a special surprise this week: a look at Nokia's first Windows Phone. And then he made sure they told the world about it... by asking them not to.

Elop specifically asks the attendees to put their cameras away, saying that “this is something that is super confidential and we do not want to see out in the bloggersphere”.

And of course the audience snapped up the bait and lo and behold, today we see a 20-minute clip from Hungarian site Technet.hu showcasing the demo handset – codenamed “Sea Ray” – in considerable detail.

From a visual point of view, the WinPho Nokia looks rather a lot like the Nokia N9 as it happens, though given that it's a good few months before the final version hits the streets, there's no guarantee that the design is final.

Either way, we've reached the end of the week talking about a handset that shares all of the N9's design strengths, but runs Windows Phone as its operating system. And we get the feeling that's exactly what Stephen Elop wanted.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 24, 2011 at 09:22

Ah, c'mon...
Nokia is ALL OVER MEEGO and the N9 - tweetin every little detail, releasing videos etc etc... Who knows why Elop does anything? His 'reveal' was embarrassingly jobsian.
To claim Nokia is hush hushing the N9 to protect WP7 is way of the mark in my opinion - no matter how many Android fanatics, oops, I mean US 'tech' bloggers in the choir.

Stelph  Jun. 24, 2011 at 12:23

I agree JanSt, I dont go for all this conspiracy talk about Nokia "hiding" Meego or shamefully playing down the product, if anything I was amazed by how much information they released after the announcements, Ive seen videos/hands on ect aplenty!

Saying that this was quite an odd move by the CEO, he must have known some cameras would stay on so this was a claculated move to get some rumours going round about the upcoming WP7.

I wonder if Nokia/Elop actually secretly want Meego to do well? After their agreement with Microsoft I am sure one of the provisons of the agreement (and large paycheck) was probably to publicly denounce Meego and focus on WP7, but that doesnt mean they have to completely kill it if sales are good. Will be interesting if there is an N9 - Meego and N9 = WP7 on the Market at the same time to see which sells better, personally I really think the N9 will be my next phone

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 24, 2011 at 13:33

Yes. Excellent points, and I will definitely get an N9. (I'm also bribing a dev or two to get an N950 )

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 24, 2011 at 16:31

@eldarmurtazin on twitter claims Nokia is conducting an internal investigation re Elop's handling of the wp7 'leak' and Meego launch... #pinchofsalt

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