The first official press shot of Nokia’s debut Windows Phone handset, the Sea Ray, has been leaked in a promo ad originating from T-Mobile Germany.
Obtained by The Nokia Blog, courtesy of an anonymous tipster, the Sea Ray, or ‘Searay’ as it appears to been styled, can been seen in all its glory featuring a 3.7-inch AMOLED display and not a single button, just like the recently launched N9.
A short description accompanying the image has been translated as follows:
The new Nokia Searay.
Drive safely to your destination with Nokia – including 3D.
Representation and voice navigation.
Windows Mobile 7.5 (Mango) operating system.
Brilliant 3.7″ AMOLED curved display
Espoo’s handset was first unveiled behind closed doors to a small gathering of journalists in June by new Nokia boss Stephen Elop. Leaked snaps later emerged revealing all but the bottom third of the handset, which made it difficult to determine if it would feature any of the standard buttons of current Windows phones.
However, since then we have learned from a reliable source that the Sea Ray does not sport any front-facing buttons. This explains why Nokia has been reluctant to release the MeeGo-powered N9 in the UK and other major markets, despite attracting a favourable response for its avant-garde design. Clearly the Finnish giant is placing all its bet with Microsoft’s platform to rejuvenate its stagnating smartphone business.
Sea Ray is expected to hit store shelves later this year with the latest Mango iteration of Windows Phone on board.
The Nokia Blog