First, we were all teased by some leaked pics of a Nokia phone running WP7, which looked very similar to N9. We thought, it’s fake but then later we got to see a full length video of that "super confidential" device, Nokia Sea Ray, the first Nokia WP7 device shown off by Stephen Elop himself. Although the phone was shown fully functional in the video, what made everyone to still doubt the phone, whether it’s just a prototype or the real deal was that the phone was missing three of the five mandatory keys that every WP7 device should have: Back, Home and Search button.

NokiaSeaRayThe picture you see above is the first picture of Nokia Sea Ray where we can actually see those three mandatory front facing buttons. But hey, wait! Look at it again, you will realise the reason for not showing them in the video, they are different, they aren’t hard keys but soft keys projected on the screen.

We all know that Nokia can modify stuffs in the WP7 OS for its devices. But does that special right allows Nokia to add the mandatory buttons as soft keys? Or the Mango update itself includes support for them? Time will reveal everything. But for now we conclude that this phone is indeed Nokia Sea Ray, that is, not a prototype.

Nokia Sea Ray looks very similar to N9; N9 has a FWVGA screen (854×480), WP7 supports WVGA (800×480); the difference in the resolution is 54 pixels, those softkeys definitely could be 54 pixels high. And that all makes sense, right? Anyway, it’s likely that we will never see a completely button-less phone considering the fact that keys like volume rocker have now become “oh-so-necessary” keys.



  1. Those aren’t soft keys on the screen. They are printed on clear plastic. Look at the air bubbles under the clear plastic on the screen.

  2. looks like a photoshopped picture to me. I can’t imagine Nokia would use a gray background for those buttons, look at how out of place they are. I can see black or transparent background with brightly lit icons.

  3. This is an ugly device… 4.5 inch screen super amoled screen, dual camera, HDMI output… They should do this…..

  4. Doubtful this is real. Someone just showed the same phone allegedly running android. So, yes this is a prototype at best. At worst it’sa photoshopped fake. Notice how there’s no glare on the buttons but there is on the screen protector. Same thing with the air bubbles.

  5. The more I look at this, the more I see that this could still be a prototype that will be tweaked by the time it gets to market…

    It could very well just be an N9 with virtual buttons and a camera button for dev purposes *makes more sense that way, you cant have a virtual button for camera through out all apps*

    Moreover, Mango allows the phone to wake up via the Bing button now, if it were a virtual button, that feature wouldnt implemented and I highly doubt Nokia would do that.

  6. An N9 (the real one, not this prototype Wp7 thingy) is a bad ass camera coupled with a failure of an OS. If they can pull off some sort of advertising campaign in the US with this WP7, N9-based device, this could possibly be the breakthrough device that Microsoft has been hoping for. The camera alone would sell it. How many would actually sell is still the biggest factor. In Europe, this would probably be very popular (once – and correct me if I’m wrong since I don’t typically give a rat’s ass about Microsoft’s mobile products – Zune and Live services are fully implemented in EUR) given Nokia’s massive user base in that region. Here in the US where almost no one knows what ‘Symbian’ is, a high end WP7 Nokia phone might be a much harder sell. Time will tell. Until then, the ‘other’ share of the US mobile market is still shrinking… That includes MeeGo, WebOS, Symbian, and… WP7. Time’s a tickin’

  7. Elop was pretty coy about this. “The first Nokia WP7 phone”. That does not necessarily mean that a N9 type of device will ever hit the streets, but possibly (probably) something much nicer. This is simply the first device that Nokia R&D were able to load the OS onto. That camera button is probably a dummy. And it also explains the virtual buttons. In the demo there was no talk about the hardware specs, only the features of WP Mango. Could have done the whole thing with an emulator. Lot more to come from Nokia in the coming months.

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