Leaked Ads Confirm Nokia’s First WP 7.5 Device – Nokia 800by Saumitra Bhagwat on October 14, 2011 3:29 PM EST
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As we inch closer to the Nokia World event in London at the end of the month (October 26 to be precise), details are starting to trickle on Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” device. Pocketnow and GSMArena have supposedly come across ads for the device that carry the Nokia 800 moniker.
It would suffice to say that the device codenamed “Sea Ray” hasn’t exactly been Nokia’s best-kept secret. In fact, back in June, Stephen Elop, Nokia’s CEO publicly showed off the device during a presentation. The device takes after Nokia’s MeeGo-toting N9 with a few changes.
The full curved glass façade of the N9 has been replaced to accommodate three buttons, while plastic unibody enclosure remains unchanged for the most part. As you might recollect, the N9 isn’t exactly a budget phone; with a suggested price of around 475 EUR for the 16GB and 534 EUR for the 64GB variants, it’s sitting comfortably in the premium segment. So if the Nokia 800 has to succeed as Nokia’s first Windows Phone device, the price is definitely going to be an important factor.
While the ads themselves shed little light on what’s inside, folks over at GSMArena seem to believe the device will pack a 3.7” WVGA (800x480) AMOLED screen (down from the N9’s 3.9” screen) and a processor running at 1.4Ghz (possibly a Qualcomm MSM8255 with an Adreno 205 GPU).
As promised by Mr. Elop, it looks like the Nokia 800 is all set to launch just in time for the lucrative holiday season.
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alexanderbrowne - Friday, October 14, 2011 - linkI was just going to post the same thing. See this designers' blog post for example:
Saumitra - Friday, October 14, 2011 - linkWow, I used the phone today, here in Dubai, it sure felt like aluminum! Thanks for the correction, much appreciated. :)
Cow86 - Friday, October 14, 2011 - linkThe Qualcomm 8255 is indeed in there, but it is a singlecore, not a dualcore (WP 7.5 only supports 8250 and 8255, so no dualcores as of yet, unless you code all the drivers yourself).
Keeping my eye on these phones though, hope Nokia will make a strong showing!
DarkUltra - Saturday, October 15, 2011 - linkWhy can't we call it single core 1ghz ARMv7 and adreno 205? It would be like calling a PC with a geforce 480 and core i7 2600k for 8255 and expect everyone knew what was behind.
tipoo - Sunday, October 16, 2011 - linkBecause not all ARM processors of the same family are equal. Companies like Qualcomm take the Cortex A9 design and tweak it, so performance may differ. ARM just licences them, after that the company can do whatever with them.
Booster - Friday, October 14, 2011 - linkI wonder just how far behind Winphone is compared to Android. Is it already usable? I dislike many things about Android and resent iOS for fruit-specific reasons, so Winphone seems the only alternative. But is it a good one?
Impulses - Friday, October 14, 2011 - linkThat's a very subjective question, depends on your needs, basic usability is fairly close w/Mango IMO. I like Android, but frankly I think it's biggest long term competition is WP7 and not iOS. Even if iOS retains it's current market share, WP and Android share more of the same demographic.
Exodite - Friday, October 14, 2011 - linkI'd actually argue that WP7 and iOS have a lot more in common than WP7 and Android.
Controlled software, restricted hardware, propriety software required to interface with the device etc. WP7 is slick, even if I'm personally not a fan of metro, but the platform philosophy is 95% iOS.
ImSpartacus - Saturday, October 15, 2011 - linkIt really is. The iOS model is a powerful one. You can do a lot with controlled hardware.
I can deal with the older SoC since the software is tuned for it, but I really hope they make the jump to 720p soon. 800x480 is getting pretty silly. Look at the 4.7" Titan, it's just laughable.
Exodite - Saturday, October 15, 2011 - linkTo be fair HTC brought the 4.7" 800*480 display to Android as well, I suppose it's the new smartphone for senior citizens. :)