Microsoft and Nokia to hold special Windows Phone event on August 17

By Tom Warren, on 1st Aug 11 8:20 pm with 26 Comments

Nokia's concept Windows Phones

Microsoft and Nokia are holding a joint party later this month.

The party will be held at the GamesCom trade fair in Cologne, Germany. Both companies sent an invite to a joint party on Monday that will be held on August 17. The Unwired reports that Nokia may show one of their highly anticipated Windows Phone devices. Both companies are raffling off three Xbox consoles with Kinect and three Nokia Windows Phones (as soon as available). The invite (shown below) promises “an evening to remember” alongside “exciting actions and surprises.” The party could be the first time that Nokia officially unveils its Windows Phone devices.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop also revealed last month that Nokia’s Windows Phone devices are being well received by those lucky enough to get an early hands on. “Those who already have viewed our early Windows Phone work are very optimistic about the devices Nokia will bring to market and about the long-term opportunities,” said Elop. “Step by step, beginning this year, we plan to have a sequence of concentrated product launches in specific countries, systematically increasing the number of countries and launch partners.” Elop revealed, on an earnings call, that the company is working on its launch plans with the mobile operator community. “It cannot be a single big bag,” said Elop, stating that the firm would take steps to prepare its Windows Phone availability. Elop also revealed that Nokia plans to broaden its Windows Phone footprint each quarter next year, claiming that there’s “very exciting times ahead” for Nokia.

Nokia’s first Windows Phone, codenamed “Sea Ray” was leaked to the internet last month after Elop demonstrated the device at an internal company meeting. The device is expected to be available later this year. The design of the device appears to be identical to the recently announced Nokia N9, powered by MeeGo. The device is “super confidential” at this stage and features gorilla glass, pillow shaped backing and a carl ziess 8MP camera. The secret nature of the device hasn’t stopped it leaking however. A new video emerged last month of ‘Sea Ray’ booting up into Windows Phone 7.5. The video demo provides a good hands on for the new device. The product is Nokia’s first Windows Phone device and will be available later this year when the company releases a batch of Windows Phone Mango devices.

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). 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.

Nokia Microsoft party

Image Credit: The Unwired

  • Anonymous

    Please don’t disappoint!

  • Anonymous

    Please don’t disappoint!

  • Anonymous

    If Sea Ray comes to Canada, it will be my next phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pedro-Roque/100000194503830 Pedro Roque

    Holly s**t!!! Thurrot will have a stroke! The guy said Mango would rtm sometime in september and nokia would unveil their phones on October! It must suck to be him!

    • http://www.withinwindows.com Rafael R.

      The OS may be done, but the OEMs are still baking their bits in — a process that is projected to complete in September. Also, Paul mentioned “the earliest we’d see Nokia phones is September/October [...]“. I took that to read “see, in stores”.

      So, doesn’t seem like he’s “wrong” yet. May want to wait and see how this unfolds.

    • Anonymous

      People jump to conclusions , but even if Nokia announces a new phone on the 17th of this month, it doesn’t mean it Will be available immediately.

      I’m thinking October as well.

    • http://profiles.google.com/arvydasg.93 Arvydas Grušeckas

      Stephen Elop told, that Nokia will announce phones 2 weeks before launch. So that’s September or August

    • Anonymous

      I wasn’t aware of that , if that’s to happen then all the better.

    • http://www.timsmithmma.com Tim Smith

      Give Paul’s balls some air, dude. 

    • Candid Calum

      Why does it suck to be him? No one has confirmed they will be announcing their new phones at this event. It’s not good to assume things unless they have been confirmed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pedro-Roque/100000194503830 Pedro Roque

    Holly s**t!!! Thurrot will have a stroke! The guy said Mango would rtm sometime in september and nokia would unveil their phones on October! It must suck to be him!

  • http://www.searingarrow.com AlienSix

    Food and Drink for Free?

    Parish the thought lol

  • Hernan Lozano

    did somebody say “joint party?”
    I’m ready to light up.

  • Hernan Lozano

    did somebody say “joint party?”
    I’m ready to light up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Danat-T/612065617 Danat T

    this is the day gentlemen. If you read it carefully, they will raffle 3 Nokia WP7 phones, that means it will most likely be unveiled on that day too.

    • Anonymous

      What else do you think Nokia and Microsoft are going to unveil together?

    • http://twitter.com/Johannespreekt Johannespreekt

      Maybe something as a pay service as Nokia delivers phones with NFC and Microsoft has to come with an answer to Google Wallet…since there are no rumors I wouldn’t expect it…

    • Anonymous

      It says nokia WP7 (when available). So they aren’t going to be provided the same day.

  • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

    GamesCom seems like an odd venue for Nokia and Microsoft to be making an announcement.

    This causes me to raise an eybrow in a Spock-like fashiion and wonder what they are up to…

    Just gaining some street cred from the game and media crowd? Or are they anouncing some kind of handset with enhanced XBox features?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erzhan-Kz/100001026412414 Erzhan Kz

    Palm trees—>Tropics—>MANGO!!!

    Yeah baby, YEAH!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erzhan-Kz/100001026412414 Erzhan Kz

    Palm trees—>Tropics—>MANGO!!!

    Yeah baby, YEAH!

  • Anonymous

    It seems strange to me that the only phone to get leaked was the Sea Ray.  Is it possible that this is the only phone Nokia is announcing on this date?  I truly hope I am wrong but I have this feeling that this announcement is going to leave us with the feeling of, “that’s it?”.  I am so impatiently waiting for a Mango phone with a slide out keyboard.  I would prefer it to be an HTC or Nokia please!!!!! 

    • Anonymous

      of course my first hurtle might be getting arrogant Verizon to actually care about this OS.

    • Darkstorm1264

      Tell me about it…….. I hear of all theses wp7 devices, and all Verizon has is the htc trophy. I love htc, but that phone is far too date, and I feel that Verizon will be last to get anything once again.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe MS is going to unveil HALO for WP7!!! Mango support multi-player… maybe that is why they are doing this at GamesCOM!!!

    They have to have something cooking with Halo for WP… what better time to bring it to market then with Mango!!

  • http://www.myvouchercodes.co.uk/discounts/johnlewis.com John Lewis Sales

    I am waiting for release of this phone what do you people think is this phone are going to cater android users. I am a android user always reluctant in switching to window phone lets see if this phone comes up with both quality n speed