More images of the WP7 Nokia Sea Ray surface, Nokia outsourcing production to speed things up

More images of the WP7 Nokia Sea Ray surface, Nokia outsourcing production to speed things up
Another image emerged of the WP7-running Nokia N9 lookalike, dubbed Sea Ray, after it leaked semi-officially yesterday. All indicators point to this one being in the first batch of Nokia Windows Phone devices that are to come this year.

Since the N9 shell is buttonless in the front, a developer pointed out that in such cases they sometimes emulate the back, search and home keys on the screen, and what looks like a Photoshopped area on the picture, might actually be sticky paper to imitate capacitive buttons, that's why it doesn't reflect light as the rest of the screen. We learn something new everyday, and we are always ones that appreciate a stopgap low-tech solution when we see it.

Or, if you want to see a pretty render if the Nokia Sea Ray, there is that too - an enthusiast work, this mock render below on the right imagines how the Sea Ray might look like in promo pictures. The guys from used the Nokia N9 official pics, and reshuffled the buttons according to what we saw in the leak yesterday.


The production of the Nokia N9-esque handset with Windows Phone 7 is allegedly been outsourced to the juggernaut ODM Compal, which will also make the handsets of the most recent WP7 licensees - Acer, ZTE and Fujitsu.

Not that Nokia doesn't have plenty of manufacturing facilities, but until now these have been mostly churning Symbian handsets with the respective  chipsets, whereas Compal has experience with the Qualcomm silicon that Microsoft demands to be used in its Windows Phone devices. Judging from this desire to speed production up, and the recent deluge of leaks, Nokia apparently wants to leave the impression it is to out a Nokia Windows Phone as soon as possible, and still make it different enough to stick.

source: WPCentral, SlashGear & DownrightWireless

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28 Comments

1. CLINTONW25

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 14, 2011

I LUV NOKIA BUT THIS PHONE WILL NOT B 1 THAT I BUY...ONLY THE N9

3. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

The N9 is crap. Go post on that page instead of this one. Nobody cares what you have to say.

4. stalker01 unregistered

you care! its obvious! lol!

7. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

In all honesty, the N9 cannot compete with WP7, especially with the Mango update, not to mention iOS and Android. And a phone that turns on with DOUBLE TAPPING the screen? I don't know about anyone else, but I can't stand ass dialing people.

9. hepresearch unregistered

What if I like butt-dialing people at random? :)

10. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Thanks for proving my point.

12. hepresearch unregistered

Proving what point? All you said was that the N9 cannot compete. I didn't try to say whether I agreed or didn't... who are you to say that everyone should automagically agree with you? And what if I do like butt-dialing people? Sounds like the N9 would be a really great phone for butt-dialing people...

14. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

You are proving my point, simply because nobody likes to butt dial people. And if my statement is true, I don't need for you to agree with me. Grow up.

16. hepresearch unregistered

Really? Who are you to say absolutely for certain that absolutely no one likes to butt-dial people? You are making an assumption. Yes, it is the safe assumption because it is almost certainly true in the overwhelming majority of cases... but in a sample of... hmmm... seven billion people in the world now... there is always a statistical margin-of-error, which means that you cannot possibly be absolutely certain that "... nobody likes to butt dial people." Whether your statement is true or not, you don't need me to agree with you anyway. I am, in fact, a "big boy" now... and I did not prove any point for you in anyway. Maybe the N9 really is the right phone for somebody... not for me, but somebody else, anybody? I don't think the N9 is so poorly engineered or so proprietary or so under-spec'd that absolutely nobody will like it or want it. And when somebody comments on a post about Nokia, why is it so awful for them to say, "Hey, I don't like WP7, but this N9 sure is cool to me!" Why do people have to try to chase them out, as if they are freakin' traitors to Nokia, or something? You do not "own" this post commentary string... C'mon!

20. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Are you really being serious that there are people that would actually say they enjoy butt dialing? Don't stir up an argument that has no meaning, And for someone to come into a thread and degrade the OS, then defend their post with a "supposedly" better phone, is bulls**t. Go into another room, since this is in WINDOWS.

8. hepresearch unregistered

Who made a rule that you can only post about Nokia WP7 phones on a news article related to both Nokia and WP7, and with mention of the N9 in it anyway? If you didn't care, then why did you bother to reply?

23. snowgator

Posts: 3617; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Would post to back you up, hepresearch, but: A) Too busy laughing. B) Too busy jumping up and down on my chair, seeing whose number gets connected with my phone in my right butt-cheek pocket, as opposed to my left butt-cheek pocket.

24. djfagfag unregistered

butt dialing is pretty funny really if phones eliminate butt dialing how will you know when your friend in trashed in a bar saying stupid s**t that you can now record and play back to them at your convenience

5. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

gtfo go buy meego....

11. hepresearch unregistered

apparently Nokia is now a "WP7-lovers-only" club... Reminds me of a previous comment on a post somewhere... oh yeah! http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokia-expected-to-swing-into-loss-in-Q2-worst-case-scenario-is-crystallizing_id19481 Comment #12. Read it and weep. I would laugh so hard if "Option four" materializes...

13. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Don't quit your day job.

17. hepresearch unregistered

Whoops... too late, already did! LOL!

19. Dj21o

Posts: 437; Member since: May 19, 2011

Lol nobody on this amateur website can predict anything. First everyone said that WP7 will fail first quarter, and obviouy they didn't. So don't show me that garbage of how they will fail next year. And you really need to get your facts through your head. Anyone can copy and paste, dumbass.

22. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

nobody said wp7 wud fail... i for one, think it will become the next android... and hepresearch, u need to get over urself...

6. hepresearch unregistered

I will always have a place in my heart for Nokia... but no, I would not buy this either. And the N9... meh. Sorry.

2. MUSSIEXXX unregistered

I AGREE WITH YOU BUD

15. DrFajardo unregistered

the only thing that i miss in the new n9 is a dual core procs. for better internet browsing and 1080p. meego┬┤s os is excellent.

18. U unregistered

WP7 is a good operating system especially the mango, but apps market are not well developed comparing with the android and ios. and the ovi store is not enough.

21. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Anyone know what Adobe Photoshop is? This is a N9 with 5 minutes of editing.

25. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

It seems that along with symbian, nokia decided to forsake the concept of buttons as well

26. Man2006 unregistered

What is wrong with Nokia? Why couldn't they use the N8's amazing 12MP Camera? Also, I would prefer real capacitive buttons.

27. m80116 unregistered

Outsourcing, that means even less margin and loss of production for the European facilities. S. Elop is really "destructing" the company.

28. wayne unregistered

All I need is a WP7 in an E7 body..... That would be awesome!!!!

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