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.

Source: Pocketnow, GSMArena

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  • notposting - Saturday, October 15, 2011 - link

    Well, I switched from Android to a used Trophy on VZW (the only choice right now) and slapped Mango on as soon as I got it. I like it a lot. My contract renewal comes up in December so hopefully I see a flagship level WP on VZW at that time...if not I will wait for one.

    Notification (not phone) ringtones and integrating AIM, Gtalk, and Yahoo into their Messaging hub would really make it just about perfect for me. Otherwise....it's a damn fine OS already. I would recommend just finding one off contract on ebay or elsewhere to play with for awhile. Looks like the $200-250 range is where they run usually.
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  • mcnabney - Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - link

    Why would somebody pay that much money for previous generation technology?

    No 4G? WVGA, when 720p is launching on multiple devices? Single core? Old GPU?

    If it is really launching at $250 it is just to snare MS fanbois. Expect a price drop to $100-150 before Xmas.
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  • uhuznaa - Sunday, October 16, 2011 - link

    What I'm really curious about is how the old Nokia customers will react to WP7. It's actually a totally different approach: Tight integration with social networking services of all kinds, not much customization possible, very few accessories, in no way for the technically inclined, hardly any real hardware choices -- to me it looks very much as if the classical Nokia customer should actually be more interested in Android, while Nokia/WP7 targets 100% Apple and iOS.

    I think WP7 is a nice OS if you actually prefer a tightly controlled experience like with iOS but want better integration with Facebook and the like. Which usually are not the first things you think of with Nokia and Symbian. Nokia will have to look for a totally different target group I would say. Not much of a problem in the US (Nokia is basically a blank slate there), but elsewhere...

    I think MS is basically trying to out-apple Apple. Nokia will need to reinvent itself or it will just become a hardware manufacturer for Microsoft smartphones. Not the worst thing to happen for Nokia, but they will be in a very replacable position. Interesting times indeed.
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