The Nokia Sea Ray that was shown this week may have been impressive. But what we saw is anything but what we’re getting. But believe me, that’s a good thing.
Earlier this week, Steven Elop of Nokia “secretly” revealed their 1’st Windows Phone device. Code named sea ray (more than likely it will get a euro style alphanumeric name. But I could dream that they will call it sting-ray) its essentially an N9 running Windows Phone O.S with virtual buttons in place of the 3 main buttons. As you can see from the pix above. It’s a case of meet the old boss, same as the old boss. The Nokia N9 is a good phone and this bodes well for their 1’st Windows Phone. This is not the droid that that we’re looking for. Believe it or not that’s a good thing. Don’t get me wrong. The hardware is awesome. NFC, an 8mb Carl Zeiss camera. Front facing camera, 1gb of ram. An AMOLED display with 16 mill colors. A high res display. Behind a 3.9 curved gorilla glass. A 1420 MAH battery in an aluminum body. But what we saw is not what we’re going to get.
1’st of, we all know that this was an intentional leak. Elop barely pretended to act like it was meant to be a secret. This was a little red meat for the investors and the tech press. I’m not just a tech nerd, I’m also a car guy. When car companies test new products. They use a mule. All the guts of a new product but in the body of a modified car that already exist. Phone companies do this as well. Remember the iPhone 4 in a bar last year?
It was hidden in a shell to disguise it as a iPhone 3gs. Nokia has been almost Apple like in its secrecy regarding the next windows phone.
But if your going for Apple like secrecy, why not go all the way & throw the dogs off the scent. Nokia is not going to re-hash the N9. Having the N9 & the sea ray sitting next to each other in the stores would be confusing. If your just going to re-hash hardware, why not go all the way:
If all Nokia was going to do was release an N9 with a camera button and windows phone o.s. They could release it now. According to Elop, the 1’st WP device will be available late this year. Reports say this fall. I’m not an engineer, but an extra button can’t be that hard to add into the manufacturing process. Elop knows this! He also knows that windows phone has to compete against the iPhone & Android on more than just specs which Nokia can do without breaking a sweat. Nokia has to compete on style to. Elop does plan on re-hashing the N9 guts to some degree. But not the $2.00 shell it comes in.
Does anyone remember that Nokia windows phone that leaked when the partnership was 1’st announced?
They then showed it during the announcement of their partnership. Do you know how much it cost to have a designer to make a phone. Then to have someone with Photoshop make a rendering? Multiple renderings to be exact.
Nokia is not re-hashing the N9 shell. Further more Nokia while they have the power to alter the UI, they won’t. Never mind that they said they won’t. They don’t want to fragment the platform. If they wanted to do that, then they would’ve gone with Android. So those virtual main buttons, were also part of the mule.
The specs will be similar to or exceed the N9. Nokia has been working on dual core smartphones. People forget that Microsoft gave permission to Nokia to do a lot of things with windows phone. That includes the CPU restrictions. Nokia also wants back into the u.s market. That 3.9 screen will become a 4. The 8mp Carl Zeiss rear camera will be the minimum. But I wouldn’t be to surprised if there’s a 10 or 12 MP. Front camera will stay the same.
Nokia has the power to guild the future of the O.S but where they plan on competing on is being the box WP comes in. So far other than the focus, the venue pro & maybe the hd7 WP device offerings haven’t exactly set the world on fire. In fact the Dell venue has had its issues. The HTC Evo is better hardware & Samsung’s galaxy line puts the focus to shame. Windows phone has been an awesome o.s on meh hardware. Nokia plans on doing for windows phone what Motorola did for Android. Having the premier windows phone device.
Other than HTC who have been rumored to be making a 10 or 12 MP camera WP device. The other partners have been silent on future WP devices. They’ve been screaming about their next Android hardware. But unless they have followed Nokia with the secrecy route. Assume that what we see is what were going to get with a few tweaks until Nokia starts handing them their proverbial ass’s.
TBA. Should be competitive with the iPhone
Pentaband WCDMA 850, 900, 1900, 1700, 2100, Quad band GSM/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Touchscreen Bar style
Windows Phone 7.5 Mango
Alert types; Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
3.5 MM audio jack
Dolby Mobile sound enhancement; Dolby Headphone support with active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.
1024MB RAM, 8GB, 16GB and 64GB.
HSDPA Cat10: 14.4Mbps, HSUPA: Cat6 5.76Mbps
Wi-Fi (G and N), NFC, Bluetooth (Yes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR) and Micro-USB ver 2
Screen Size & Display:
4 -inch WVGA (854×480) AMOLED display with curved Gorilla glass, no air gap, anti-glare polarizer.
Multi-touch input method
Proximity sensor for auto turn-off.
Accelerometer sensor for UI auto-rotate.
Four-axis gyro sensor.
Primary; 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, dual LED flash.
Features; Geo-tagging, face detection, touch-focus. Raw image format support.
Video; Yes, 720p@30fps.
Front facing camera; 3 MP.
8 or 12 megapixel with dual LED Flash and Carl Zeiss autofocus sensor and 2nd camera for video calls.
Yes, Stereo HD-FM radio
Yes. Dual Speakers with Dolby.
Black, Canary Yellow, Magenta, Cyan
ARM 1.3 Ghz, Dual Core.
1500 mAh, Talk time: (GSM/WCDMA) up to 11 h / up to 9 hours.
This will be an awesome phone. Will it be an iPhone killer? I don’t like that standard. Depending on what Apple releases. This will at minimum be on par spec wise with it and definitely give it a run for its money. If I am wrong and what we see for the most part is what we’re going to get. Kiss the droid good bye. Prepare for HP’s next pre phones to be delayed and regardless of how hot this phone is, the Blackberry (the members only jacket of mobile phones) will be dead by spring of next year or will be bought by a more successful carrier. From then on the other partners like the ones I mentioned above will feel the pressure to make some kick ass hardware for windows phone.
I’m very excited for Nokias’ 1’st windows phone. I’m already shopping for the accessories ^_^