Now that we've gotten a preview of Windows Phone 7 Mango, naturally, the next thing we want to see is new hardware. Though Microsoft announced several new OEM partners at the preview event in late May, including Acer, Fujitsu, and ZTE, we think it's pretty safe to say that most people are curious to see what will come out of the partnership with Nokia, and it appears we might have our first look now.
Earlier today, Hungarian blog Technet.hu posted some images and a video of Nokia CEO Stephen Elop showing off a new smartphone running Windows Phone. In the video above, you can hear Elop asking everyone to put away their cameras and turn off all recording devices and fortunately for us, someone didn't heed that advice.
Not a lot of details were revealed about the "superconfidential" device, which goes by the codename of "Sea Ray," but you can see from the image that it looks quite similar to Nokia N9. Elop mentions Gorilla Glass and a "pillow-shaped backing" where you can see a camera and dual-LED flash. In another photo, you can see a dedicated camera key on the side of the phone, which is a hardware requirement on all Windows Phone devices.
Nokia has said that the first batch of Windows Phone devices will roll out later this year, and I, for one, am looking forward to it. Microsoft's got a good operating system in Windows Phone and Nokia makes some beautiful hardware, so I think it's a good pairing. However, the two companies still have many challenges to overcome.
(Source: Engadget Mobile)