Nokia’s Windows Phone device to include 3D voice navigation?

By Tom Warren, on 30th Sep 11 12:48 pm with 40 Comments

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Nokia’s first Windows Phone device is set to be unveiled next month and a tipster has provided WinRumors with some details of what will be included.

Nokia appears to be preparing to unveil its own voice-navigation software in Windows Phone which will feature 3D maps. An anonymous tipster sent WinRumors images of some marketing posters that T-Mobile in Germany is currently preparing for its Nokia Windows Phones. The posters were briefly displayed at T-Mobile’s on-site shop at the company’s corporate headquarters in Bonn, Germany.

One poster displayed a potential Nokia Windows Phone with the recently released Nokia Top Apps Windows Phone app installed. The poster (see above) also includes a Media Center app which appears to be Nokia’s only media hub in Windows Phone T-Mobile media center and Top Apps installed. T-Mobile also ships navigation software with some of its devices so it’s possible that its Nokia offering will include T-Mobile’s software. Our tipster also snapped a picture of the description alongside the poster which roughly translates to:

“With Nokia drive safely at the finish – including 3D representation and voice-controlled navigation.
New operating system: Windows phone 7.5 (Mango)
Brilliant 3.7 ” convex Amoled display”

It would appear that at least one of Nokia’s Windows Phone devices will include a 3.7″ AMOLED display and inbuilt satellite navigation. The information matches descriptions of a mystery “Sabre” Nokia Windows Phone device. Microsoft accidentally revealed the device name earlier this week and it is expected to feature a micro-SIM slot and 3.7″ display.

Nokia is expected to unveil its first Windows Phone powered device at its Nokia World 2011 conference in London next month. A number of Microsoft Windows Phone employees will also be speaking at Nokia World to detail the latest improvements with Windows Phone 7.5. Nokia is believed to be preparing its “Sea Ray” device for the first official public unveiling. Nokia Windows Phone devices are expected to hit European shelves in time for the holidays.

Update: Story updated to reflect T-Mobile apps installed on device.

  • Henry Edwards

    this looks promising, but hopefully 02 will be shipping some Nokia phones, as don’t really want to move to another carrier. As 02 have the best deals.

    • Dharmesh

      lol O2 doesnt have the best deals, I left them after 7 years due to their rubbish data plans and now pay a third of what I used to with them on TMobile

    • Chris Schuman

      u r funny

    • Kieran

      I’m with o2 also but i couldn’t say they have the best deals but I would say they have a better network overall

  • Jinge

    It would be logical, because it is quite easy to do using silverlight effects. I don’t really care because I prefer flat map to have an overview, but still nice to have.
    What I would like to have is a “auto-rotate” map, depending on the direction!!

    • Anonymous

      Bing Maps on Mango has a “Rotates with my current direction” setting.  Or are you talking about something else?

    • Jinge

      No, I was talking about that. Didn’t have the opportunity to check that on mango yet, but that’s good news :)
      Thanks ;)

  • Stefan Wexel

    The mediacenter app is NOT from Nokia! It’s from T-Mobile Germany. Every T-Mobile Windows Phone has it.

    Edit: The “TopApps” app shown on the poster above is also from t-mobile

  • Anonymous

    Finally, a glimmer of an actual Nokia WP device.  Really looking forward to Nokia World!

  • Dharmesh

    Nokia please give us a device with at 4 inches and on par with super amoled and your money is mine

    • ZipZapRap

      your money is mine?

    • Dharmesh

      Lol whoops…that’s like totally the wrong way around, I wish their money was mine ;p

    • Anonymous

      their money was mine?
      Or did you mean to say “My money is theirs”

  • Carlos Ribeiro da Fonseca

    Well, Nokia did buy Navteq a few years ago, and many Nokia phones (at least since the Navigator 6110) have 3D GPS.
    I’d be surprised if the Nokia “Searay” and Nokia “Sabre” *didn’t* have 3D GPS.

  • martin anderson

    I need a 4.3″+ screen size from Nokia, then I can probably say for sure that will replace my Omnia 7 come February when I am due an upgrade.

  • Tuxplorer

    The font on that phone looks different from Segoe WP. One of the main reasons why I love Metro UI and WP7 is the gorgeous Segoe WP font. If Nokia messes with it, and implements their own crappy fonts, I won’t touch any Nokia WP device with a ten-foot pole.

  • Mrdeezus

    this is what pisses me off. Where are the 4.3in screens? Because i am wanting a windows phone bad but these tiny screen phones with no internal memory can kiss my ass.
    Hey MS, we want 4.3in screens and 32 and 64 mb internal memory so we can take advantage of Zune. Step your game up!

    • Riopato

      but most phones are 8 to 32 gb. what could you do with 64 mbs ?

    • Anonymous

      He can store some pictures, and maybe even a song or two.  It’s still more local storage than Chrome OS lets you use.

    • Pedro Roque

      Maybe he doesn’t like porn.

    • Guest

      I was thinking the same thing. 64Mb is only a few songs. I’d keep my 8GB any day over that!

  • Mrdeezus

    Oh, and cdma for Sprint please.

    • Anonymous

      This phone is so exciting, I nearly did a sex wee. And no, we don’t want to carry massive sub-tablets around, it’s a phone FFS. 3.7″ is great.

  • Gamer

    My god, I love the edge to edge screen

  • Anonymous

    Am I the only who thinks having a separate nokia marketplace is a bad idea?

    • Anonymous

      The separate Nokia marketplace will service the current Symbian and S40 phones.  Does not effect WP units.

  • Vincent Haakmat

    I’m waiting to see who next will get the boot at Microsoft for leaking this info out. Nokia can’t be too pleased with this 2nd leak in a short time

  • Morgan

    I agree with posters. Nothing less than 4″ screen and please give us at least 32GB or at least the ability to expand it if needed. I don’t care what it costs.

    • Anonymous

      Nokia should clearly release a few 4″+ screen phones for you giant phone junkies. But I think my Focus is a little bigger than I’d like as it is, so at least as long as WP7 is locked to 400×800 screens, I think I’d go a little smaller.

    • x I’m tc

      Agreed.  It’s all about choice.  Some like their phones big.  I like mine small.  3.7 is just about perfect.  Certainly nothing over 4″ for me!

  • oolong2

    If Nokia offers this as a service or an App to non-Nokia phones it could not onle be an interesting money maker for Nokia on non-Nokia phones, but also a killer app for WP7.

    I believe this is what they meant by combining ecosystems.

    • x I’m tc

      Should be free on a Nokia WP, and $20 on competitors’.

  • Anonymous

    I was hoping to see something with physical buttons.

  • Abc

    My guess would be that they have 2-3 models with different sized screens.

    I want to wait and see if the nokia apps are exclusive to them or not. Im sure someone will find a way of bringing them over to other phones. If thats the case im really digging the HTC Titan.

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