The long reticence over the first Windows Phone 7-Nokia smartphone seems to have an end with the Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has been seen with a Windows Phone 7 smartphone in a secret event. A naughty reporter of the Hungarian tech blog, Technet captured a video clip of Elop presenting the company’s first WP7 smartphone, without giving heed to the Nokia CEO’s request to shut down the cameras.
The Nokia smartphone Elop shown is codenamed, “Sea Ray.” In the video clip, Elop, a former Microsoft executive, tells the attendees of the event that the device is ‘super confidential’ and he does not want ‘to see it out in the blogosphere.’ Does it mean that Nokia has no immediate plans to kick off the much-awaited WP7 smartphone?
The leaked WP7 smartphone looks almost similar to Nokia N9, the Finnish mobile maker unveiled at the 2011 CommunicAsia trade show in Singapore early this week. The WP7 highlights the same ‘pillow’ back design of N9, as well the Gorilla glass and a Carl Zeiss camera in the rear panel. Nokia N9, a successor to N8, is proposed to run on MeeGo OS, a Nokia and Intel joint project.
The potential WP7 smartphone displays mobile apps of Microsoft’s Web browser, Internet Explorer and online gaming platform, Xbox Live in the home screen with much prominence. The device’s front panel has three buttons – back, home and search. Chiefs of Microsoft and Nokia, Steve Ballmer and Stephen Elop jointly announced the strategic partnership between the two companies on 11th February, 2011.
The tie-up was basically meant to develop a highly competitive mobile platform in the industry. The companies hoped that with a Windows Phone 7-Nokia mobile ecosystem, the domination Apple iOS and Google Andorid platforms could be challenged. Nevertheless, even five months after the celebrated deal there has not been a smartphone or tablet from the companies.
Tech geeks have been desperately looking forward for a Nokia smartphone or tablet on Windows Phone 7 OS. It looks like that the “Sea Ray” project will quench their thirst for the birth of a new platform in mobile industry.