Microsoft's Joe Marini tweets Nokia Windows Phone has slick looks, wishing for a bigger screen
On a question how would he rate it on the 1-10 scale, he answered: "Overall I would say an 8. Solid feel, good camera, responsive UI, and nice little touches on the body construction".
The guy insisted to know what's holding it back from 9 or 10, and if the camera was as good as rumored, so Joe Martini shed some more light: "Yeah, the camera was good, but I didn't have optimal lighting. I'd like a larger screen too."
From these tweets, and Nokia's clarifications that it won't be ready with a truly high-end WP device this year, we can speculate that the Nokia Windows Phone (s) that will be announced in October will probably hover in the mid-range category, similar to the Nokia 703 rumor we saw the other day.
"I'd like a larger screen" might mean anything, and most likely something below 4", while "slickest looking" could imply this full-colored polycarbonate the Nokia N9 is using, and which Nokia's design head said will be in a lot of the company's phones from now on, but let's not get ahead of ourselves before Nokia World on October 26.
source: Joe Marini (Twitter) via WMPU
1. playa (unregistered)
I'd really wish that the screen of the phone would reach 4" for a mid-range, it would also be cool if Nokia makes 4.5" screens.
2. Loubie (unregistered)
Nokia didn"t want to start off with there First Windows phone being really Amazing as they do not know yet if Windows is going to be succesful,so whats the use of wasteing money if its not going to succesful,so 2012 will be the time we will see Nokias first really High-Technical Windows phone if it succesful for them
6. dandirk (Posts: 187; Member since: 04 Aug 2011)
I doubt that... Nokia seems to have put its hope in WM7. They have to go down that road full steam otherwise they will just flop.
WM7 would be hurt also if Nokia doesn't go all out.
8. bluechrism (unregistered)
More likely that Nokia high end devices will require a bit more differentiation / customization (which yes, won't break the windows phone OS for other devices and other manufacturers will be able to use). I suppose they might wait for their top end devices until 2012 when we would also expect Nokia Maps rather than Bing maps and perhaps HDMI tv-out/a file system (and usb hosting) / perhaps an improved camera UI.
Personally, based on things that have said in the past, I have always figured Nokia's first devices would be fairly stock windows phone and fairly conformant to the sort of specs seen on other WP7 devices. Next year we will see the wow devices, and Windows Phone Apollo.
3. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Smaller screens seem to be very popular where Nokia's name is biggest. Nokia will come to the U.S., but it will be 2012 before they worry about our shores. They have to recover as much of their market share as they can and that is the first focus, as it should be.
4. vbv70807 (unregistered)
i don't know if nokia says anything about "not high end" phone. i think their last tweet says if their phone will blow your socks off, as long as i can remember
5. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)
i don't think its just nokia with screen size. minus the htc titan, i havent read much about any new wp7 with screen sizes over 4". and while i do like wp7 and use one for my current cell, the fact that i can't find an upcoming phone in the 4" ballpark is killing me
7. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
The Nokia SeaRay (703) is most likely based on the Nokia N9 (Meego) device's physical design / chassis construction. Clearly Nokia needed to do this to ensure it had a suitable offer available in 4Q2011. However, the N9's buttonless face, which is possible with Nokia's patented gesture swipe within the Harmattan UI, offers a truly edge to edge design which does not seem possible at this early stage for the Mango based Sea Ray. It also seems logical that to make room for physical buttons the screen dimension was paired down. From leaked video, it appears that this dimension has already been estimated at 3.7 inches. I wouldn't expect an Earth shattering high end WP device from Nokia until 1Q2012...at which time it should have had ample time to take the gloves off. IMHO, a gesture swipe skin on WP with a truly edge to edge 4.3 to 4.5 inch screen (w/ convex lens/gorilla glass) will do the trick in the States. Probably why Nokia is not re-launching w/WP in the USA until 1Q2012 next year. For sure Nokia must also be working in parallel for a high end replacement to the N8 camera phone. That should also be very interesting.
9. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)
I was hoping the Nokia Sea Ray would be a killer phone dammn. I guess Imma have to wait until 2012.
10. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
Probalby won't see alot of killer phones with WP7.