Nokia UK boss claims first Windows Phone device is ‘absolutely stunning’

By Tom Warren, on 26th Sep 11 4:57 pm with 53 Comments

Nokia's first Windows Phone?

Nokia’s general manager for the UK and Ireland, Conor Pierce, has branded the company’s first Windows Phone device “absolutely stunning.”

Pierce made his claims in an interview with British gadget site Pocket-lint this week. “To the partners we have shown the device to, their words, not necessarily mine – although I agree – upon showing it to them. It’s spontaneous and unprompted. They say ‘the first Nokia Windows Phone is absolutely stunning’ and that’s die hard gurus in this business, who have thick skin,” said Pierce to Pocket-lint.

Nokia is hard at work to bring its first Windows Phone device to market. Pierce reveals he has “seen what’s coming” and is confident that Nokia’s Windows Phone devices will be successful. “Nokia has made a decision to play hard on Windows Phone. That is our primary operating system. The scale and quality that we will bring to the WP7 ecosystem is unique. We aren’t dividing our time with other platforms. We will deliver a very superior smartphone, a very different experience,” says Pierce.

Despite the enthusiasm, Windows Phone device sales have been small so far. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that the company has “gone from very small to very small” in terms of Windows Phone sales. “We know we’ve got a lot to do but like the Cloud, like NT many years back, we’re all in when it comes to mobile devices. And whether it’s phones or slates OR PCs or console devices, we’re certainly pushing extremely far and extremely fast,” said Ballmer at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference earlier this year.

Pierce acknowledged the lack of Windows Phone sales in the interview with Pocket-lint. “We are very aware of the current state of Windows Phone in the market. We are trying to bring a whole new slant to that. We are confident that, by putting a strong focus into this, we will overcome that hurdle. It’s not about one device, it’s about creating the applications and the ecosystem that is important.”

Nokia is expected to unveil its first Windows Phone 7.5 device at Nokia World 2011 next month. The handset manufacturer is holding Nokia World 2011 in London on October 26 and a number of Microsoft executives will be in town to discuss Windows Phone on different levels. Joe Belfiore, who oversees Windows Phone Program Management, and is responsible for the design and software product definition of forthcoming generations of Windows Phones will be speaking on the first day of Nokia World. Albert Shum, Director of Mobile Experience Design at Microsoft and Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s Bing and MSN chief will both also speak on October 26 in London.

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will provide the opening keynote at 9AM on October 26 where he is expected to unveil the first Nokia Windows Phone device. Nokia’s first Windows Phone, codenamed “Sea Ray” was leaked to the internet recently after Elop demonstrated the device at a company meeting. The device is expected to be made available by Christmas. The design of the device appears to be identical to the recently announced Nokia N9. 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 recently of ‘Sea Ray’ booting up into Windows Phone 7.5. The video demo provides a good hands on for the new device, expected to be named the Nokia 703.

  • http://twitter.com/RogueCode Matt

    Tomorrow’s headline: “Nokia boss get’s sacked for talking about the new phone’s on twitter”.

    • http://www.gadgeterija.net Denis Jelec

      Nah, he didn’t mark it with 8/10. ;) I do hope they live up to hype, but I am still reserved. Outside case and build quality will mean nothing in case they stuff the device with 1GHz processor and mere 8GB of internal memory, while selling it for a premium price (N9 has at the moment).

    • Guest

      Or morel like “Scientist Discover the Sun Rises in the East and Sets in the West”

  • Anonymous

    I’d be more stunned if anyone could give a solid release date.   MS needs to not to announce anything until it can be in the customers hands.  This “oh yeah, its done but you need to wait 3 months to see it” BS has to end.  Its not done until its in the customers hands!

    • Anonymous

      You may be right when it comes to marketing. But unlike Apple, MS is a developer oriented company.  As such, they want to show their future products off to us developers as soon as possible so that we have time to prepare for the new platform.  That is why you will always see previews of the next Windows, xbox, or phone updates months ahead of actual availability.  It may not be good marketing like Apple, but as a developer I sure as hell appreciate it.

    • Guest

      Unfortunately, as Apple has proved, what ultimately matters is market success. Get that and developers will be attracted to your platform regardless.

    • Anonymous

      Microsoft proved that in the 90s too, so they should understand that quite well…

    • Guest

      Nobody suggested they didn’t.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t really have an issue with previews or the beta cycle. I just have an issue that the beta supposedly ended and the product went RTM’d and launched but it takes so freaking long before product is in consumers hand.  The RTM should be more than just hitting manufacturing for new phones/models but actually hitting RTW as well.  

    • Anonymous

      Take that up with the manufacturers and carriers.  As we have seen with the Focus v1.4 phones, you really do need to test every model and every firmware version out there in the wild.

      Everyone wants to apply Apple’s style to MS, but it doesn’t work, they have different business models.  Apple only has to deal with Apple while MS is trying to work with a broad selection of partners, thus the RTM status does not equal RTW.  Yes Apple is doing great right now with their iPhone and such, but in the end I do think MS has the better business model here.  Every company has their own strengths and specialties so I like the partnership model.

    • Anonymous

      Who’s more important to success of a device? Developers or customers?

    • Anonymous

      Take away Apple’s app store and see how popular they would be. The hardware is pretty much comparable now. The touchscreens are just as smooth as Apple’s. There biggest selling point is the number of apps. If MS wants to compete they need the developers on board and they need to get some desirable apps that are exclusive.

    • Anonymous

      The iPhone was successful before the App Store existed. It was a little over a year before the App Store arrived, and in that time the about 6 million iPhones were sold. I’m not sure, but that might be more than all the WM6 phones combined. It’s certainly more than all the WP7 phones so far…

    • Anonymous

      back then none of the phones had a decent touchscreen. The iphone was unique and cool. Now even cheap phones have decent touchscreen. Without the apps store, the the iphone and ipod touch are just big ipods.

    • Seth_p

      I feel your impatience but just about everyone does that. Although, Mango seemed to have a lot of teasing… hmm Yay for tomorrow!

  • Anonymous

    I hope this is true! The Nokia WP7 is the iPhone killer!

    • Guest

      Hardly. But if it’s great then it might at least get Nokia and MS back in the game.

    • Anonymous

      Symbian Belle and later a lady C   combined with MeeGo is what can save Nokia 
      .. not some failed Microsoft OS  

      …. as I understand it in this first “Nokia” phone will have nothing Nokia about it except the hardware … nothing of the Nokia services will be included as far as I can tell so far..  No Nokia Maps, no Nokia store. .   nothing … just Microsoft in the OS straight through.     straight through an Os that hardly anyone buys

    • Guest

      No. But thanks for playing.

    • Anonymous

      come back with a name if you want to play.

    • Anonymous

      An opinionated idiot is nothing more than,…an idiot.

    • Anonymous

      well I’s rather be an opinionated idiot, then just an idiot without his own opinion.

    • jimmy2shoes

      Wasn’t the 5800 the iphone killer :-)

    • http://twitter.com/mcakins McAkins Online

      Oh no! Another i-killer rant!

  • Anonymous

    I really want Nokia devices to hit North America as soon as possible. Canada, specifically.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ricardo-Dawkins/746307628 Ricardo Dawkins

    if this is the device…and they put some good hardware on it (8MP cam, 32GB+, 4in+ Clear Black display, nokia build quality) I’m getting rid of my Galaxy S Vibrant.

    http://www.winrumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/nokmsfttoppromo.jpg

    • Anonymous

      That is something I want.

  • guest

    Played with it, it is gorgeous. That is all I can say.

    • Guest

      You’re fired. ;-)

    • Anonymous

      At least tell us the specs.

  • http://twitter.com/blakehaas blakehaas

    It better at least be 4″ or it will be hard for me to pull the trigger.

    • Anonymous

      It’s funny really, Nokia can’t please everybody, personally I don’t mind a large screen but I’d prefer one that’s about 3.8″- that way the phone is a nice size, the screen isn’t necessarily small and the resolution suits the device.

      To each their own :)

    • Anonymous

      I’m the same, 3.8″ max. I don’t want to carry a tablet wannabe around. Sadly, at the moment with the newer WP7 phones, it seems that in order to get the better CPU and SD storage, you have to go with a crazy sized screen.

  • Guest

    Under promise and over deliver. A phrase that Nokia and MS consistently forget.

    • Anonymous

      You realize that nobody knows about this Nokia device except tech geeks right now? The general public doesn’t even know Mango is out yet.

    • Guest

      It was a general statement. But since you insist on being anal, you do realize that tech geeks make up the majority of the all important early adopter category, right?

    • Anonymous

      Tech geeks account for a near insignificant portion of the market. Their goal being the ability to sell their product to more than a few thousand, herein why the average consumer being of more value than the tech geek.

  • https://profiles.google.com/christopher.gull/ CG

    Looks promising!

    And I wish you Tom, would start spelling it ‘Carl Zeiss”, as it’s actually called :)

  • Anonymous

    I think when we hear about Nokia’s first device that everybody assumes that it will be the searay. I have a feeling based on past and present comments that the device they unveil next month will be something different. To show the searay device as their first Windows Phone would not work since it’s already lost it’s WOW factor  (most people have seen the N9 or Elop’s video). That’s why I think the searay is just one of the phones they have in store for consumers and the Nokia phone with the WOW factor wil be revealed net month.

    • Just Visiting

      @Ub204…I agree.  I was hoping that the ‘Sea Ray’ was red herring, and still do.  Hope that we see a completely different, and even more ‘stunning’ designed Nokia WP device at Nokia World.

    • http://twitter.com/OldCongress Gamer

      Elop is just stupid

  • Anonymous

    Well nobody promotes their product as mediocore or an average before the release. So, let the customers decide if they are stunning or not, if they are iphone killer or not. Until then if they don’t want to reveal the spec, or a glance of the device, I would be very grateful if those official employee keep their mouth closed. Over promise and under delivery could be the cause for their downfall. So, let the users decide the fate of the device, not someone from Redmond, London or Finland.

    • http://twitter.com/mcakins McAkins Online

      Men, I am so through with this “i-Killer” terms these days, and I think Manufacturers and bloggers should simple stop using it. Its constantly about i-Killer this or i-Killer that.
       
      Who cares. I have stopped measuring my devices against the i-Fruity company’s products. I don’t need to kill anything; I am JUST different. I don’t run because everybody run. I don’t use i-products; period! I don’t like being dictated to, so I choose to differentiate myself from the masses who think they need an i-product to feel complete. As long there are alternative devices, I good to go. Stop this inferiority complex syndrome.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t say comments like this from a company VP are surprising.  But I do hope he is speaking the truth.  Bring your phones to the US Nokia!

  • http://www.facebook.com/aerosmillie David Smillie

    4″ + screen and less than 10mm thick would be good…..the videos we have seen of ‘searay’ are just too thick. (what’s the bet that its just gonna be the N9 with Windows on it)

  • Anonymous

    Thank you Mr. Pierce, you can keep your job. Although, since you didn’t give it 12 out of 10, you can wave good-bye to your stock options this year.

  • OMG55

    This is stressing me out…waiting for the update tomorrow and trying to hold out to see what Nokia has to offer as opposed to just purchasing the Samsung Focus S soon as it hits shelves…Uuugh

  • Anonymous

    No matter how good the Nokia WP7 is. Even if it is 10X better in all aspects than the iPhone 4S/5.

    There will still be a huge line of zombies camped outside apple stores across the world. Sadly, this will probably not be the case for Nokia WP7 phones… 

    • Guest

      Well, at least you’re still optimistic about it. /sarcasm

    • Guest

      Bitter much?

  • Anonymous

    Great….But…I just got a $827.89 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HTV for only $251.92, they are both coming tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prîces at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37″ HTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use http://alturl.com/7wpju

  • Anonymous

    Well, I’m still rooting for MeeGo! :) WP has no personality at the moment, it’s just cold and grim… and tiles.

  • Anonymous

    If it’s an N9 that’s fantastic, but still no Retina Display?