The first images of what appears to be a Nokia Windows Phone have leaked online.
The images show what looks like a Nokia N9 running Windows Phone 7. The leaked images allegedly originate from a video at Hungarian site technetblog. The design of the device appears to be identical to the recently announced Nokia N9, powered by MeeGo. Nokia recently revealed that it is planning to hold the annual Nokia World conference on October 26-27 in London. The timing matches up with a possible Windows Phone Nokia device launch date. Nokia World is typically used to launch new products before the holiday season. Nokia has previously revealed that the company plans to launch its first Windows Phones in six European countries. Nokia plans to launch first in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and the Netherlands. Nokia’s Windows Phone devices are currently labeled with “W” (for Windows). The first handset is expected to be a variant of Nokia’s X7 device. The prototype is equipped with a WVGA display, Qualcomm QSD8250 chipset and 8MP camera. Nokia is also rumored to be launching a dual-core N8 variant with a 12MP camera, QWERTY touchscreen candy bar phone and a cheaper touchscreen device with less expensive body.
Research analysts IDC and Gartner have both predicted that Microsoft’s Windows Phone devices will beat iPhone sales by 2015. Nokia’s Windows Phone launch will be viewed as an initial test of Windows Phone sales estimates. Concerns for Nokia as a company grew last month after the firm revealed its second quarter outlook isn’t great. The phone maker downgraded its own outlook and expects device and services net sales to be “substantially below” its previous estimates. The revelations saw the company’s stock price drop by 15% on the NYSE.
Update: this is now confirmed, see here for video.