Stephen Elop unveils Nokia’s first Windows Phone device [video]

By Tom Warren, on 23rd Jun 11 12:46 pm with 58 Comments

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has unveiled Nokia’s first Windows Phone device.

Elop demonstrated the device at an internal company meeting earlier this week. The device, codenamed Sea Ray, 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. Images of the device first originated on Thursday morning and have now been confirmed by a full video demonstration of the device.

Elop mentions that the device is “super confidential” and that the company doesn’t want to see it out in the blogosphere. “Beautiful design, gorilla glass, pillow shaped backing, carl ziess 8MP camera,” says Elop. 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.

  • Ahmedshuhaib

    nice!

  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    This is the Epicness!

  • http://brodymckee.com/ Brody McKee

    Now that is cool, I like the N9 – it’s a solid phone. WP7 on top makes me VERY excited.

    • VurestW

      The question now is why Nokia bothered announcing the MeeGo in the first place when it could have teased the masses with Elop’s little secret to arguably greater effect.

    • bruin

      Because sometimes projects go too far down a certain path and because of certain stipulations, it’d be more expensive to cancel the project than to see them to ‘ship’.  Also, sometimes monies earmarked for a project are contractually tied to the execution of a product’s launch.  Some of you may recall Microsoft’s “Kin” as being a perfect example of both of these situations.

    • Sample

      Please stop talking like you are a seasoned CEO of any tech company and know what you are actually talking about

    • http://brodymckee.com/ Brody McKee

      @fddc95cb2c2c945a76b30a9d677e789d:disqus is correct. From what I’ve read and heard, it’s clear that this is a release that they had to do, rather than wanted to do.

    • BeslteRG

      If you HAVE to do it, you do it with out fanfare, specially if the WP7 version does not look as interesting.

    • Makoute

      Well said Bestle.

    • dFireball

      Either way, though, it just goes to show how deep a hole Nokia is in. If the N9 is as good as it looks in the demo, why is Nokia betting on Windows Phone rather than MeeGo? And if it’s not as good as it looks, what has Nokia been doing for the past four years? And why are they bothering to finish the N9 and ship this? How does this do anything other than confuse — and, arguably, mislead — their customers?

    • Guest

      WP7 version is going to named after Nokia CEO… eFlop.  This guy is a clown.

    • Guest

      Just read where the first wp7 are going to be contracted out to be made by asian sub-contractor, so much for Nokia quality :(

  • http://brodymckee.com/ Brody McKee

    Now that is cool, I like the N9 – it’s a solid phone. WP7 on top makes me VERY excited.

  • http://twitter.com/wizact Amirhossein

    “No Pictures please!!!!” What’s that for? :))

  • http://twitter.com/wizact Amirhossein

    “No Pictures please!!!!” What’s that for? :))

  • spurti preetham

    Awesome… If #MeeGo is not your Taste.. then #Wp7.. Awesome hardware though..

  • http://twitter.com/Salem309 Ahmed Salem

    Then the Genni told me : you still have 2 wishes!

  • http://twitter.com/bradbamford bradbamford

    Why does the video cut off so abruptly?

    • Anonymous

      the pure awesomeness of this phone overwhelmed the camera man

      j/k

  • Abdelouahab Rachyd
    • Joe

      Link works, but the video feed doesn’t seem to work at the site. Not sure if it’s just me or not.

  • http://thommck.wordpress.com Thom McKiernan

    You can check out the full video here http://bit.ly/kYR7kq

    Finally we get some differentiation in the WP7 device market

    • Joe

      Link works, but the video feed doesn’t seem to work at the site. Not sure if it’s just me or not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/raj.somarouthu Raj Somarouthu
  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    what happened to the first video i watched?

  • Anonymous

    No front facing camera?  No thank you.

    • Guest

      It does have a front facing camera….bottom right corner of the phone :)

    • Anonymous

      Nice!  Sorry to jump to conclusions, but I haven’t read it anywhere yet, and I’m unable to watch the video right now.

    • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

      that’s a camera? why at the bottom?

    • http://adamhaider.com Adam Haider

      Just speculation, but the front-facing camera may also be using a wide-angle lens, which means it would be used in landscape mode to display a fuller picture (no cropping). Also possible they did it intentionally to make use of the dedicated camera button where it might be possible to take a picture or record a video of the video conversation.

    • Guest

      It does have a front facing camera….bottom right corner of the phone :)

  • Renzo

    “Elop mentions that the device is “super confidential” and that the company doesn’t want to see it out in the blogosphere.”

    …quotes the blog.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SMD7M53XC36UMJYPFGUCFL5Y34 Larry

    Where are the three mandatory WP7 buttons (back,home, search)?

  • Guest

    Definately a controlled leak….

  • Guest

    Definately a controlled leak….

  • http://techtt.hassantt.com Hassan Voyeau

    I like.

  • Anonymous

    Ok, either Elop is a moron or this is a great PR-stunt.

  • JustPassingThru

    Oh WOW.!!! EPICNESS.! They’re back.!!

  • JustPassingThru

    Oh WOW.!!! EPICNESS.! They’re back.!!

  • lol

    It’s flawless.

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

    Can we have N9 Meego-WP7 dual boot? Please, Elopsie

    • Guest

      Although the case looks different, the hardware inside is different.
      And it doesn’t sound like something they will do.

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

      Yea, I know.. I was afraid of that.. But still, a nice dream!

  • http://josedmorales.net Josè Daniel

    gorilla glass, carl ziess OMG!

  • http://www.rahulsood.com Rahul Sood

    absolutely flawless.. i can’t wait..

  • TryllZ

    Finally, iPhone 5 is already so so dead…I’m having a weirdly nice feeling..

    • Bachbass

      Enjoy your dream world.

  • MSblog

    Why?

    After
    showing the N9 phone to the world, with an OS they are not supporting did Elop got nervous because there was to much
    positive reaction to it and how good it appeared. Is he is afraid the N9 may actually sale. He is his idea to kill meego so why even show a phone with it?  He just buzz killed both N9 sales and any excitement for the WP7 phone when it is released in 5 -6 months.    Why did he not keep the design of the hardware (which is very good, Apple like even) under wrap until the phone was ready for sells.  What ever happen to the “Apple like secrecy” when they turn around a produce a video of this “please do not tell” event and then give it to sites?

    Elop must really be nervous, this is not normal behavior.

    • zzz

      He’s acting like a man who jumped off the burning platform into the sea not knowing how to swim.  I can not believe the fate of WP7 rest in this guys hands.   :(

    • Guest

      elop = eflop

    • Guest

      I agree the who thing seems so phony (get it!).   

  • http://twitter.com/starksimon Stark

    Oh c’mon! I really dont like the design. I want that Nokia WP7 concept phone (black, pink, blue) :(

  • Anonymous

    Oooooh yeaaaaaaaa!

  • Anonymous

    The perfection is here.

  • gian

    IT’S A JOKE… WP won’t be like that…

  • Viruela22

    If pay attention to the interview of a few weeks
    ago that elop already had in their hands a wp7 and was equal to the n9
    http://www.winrumors.com/nokia-ceo-briefly-reveals-a-windows-phone-nokia-device/

  • http://twitter.com/Translatethis27 Translatethis27

    Sells like KIN

  • http://twitter.com/Translatethis27 Translatethis27

    I want this with ANDROID