First Nokia Windows Phone 7 Handset Called Sea-Ray

Images and details of the first Nokia Windows Phone 7 smartphone, the one which is supposed to be launched later this year in six European countries, have been published online.

Engadget says that the phone, known as Sea Ray, was unveiled by Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop, as something "super confidential", but surprise surprise, a video has since appeared. From afar, it looks a lot like the just announced Meego-based N9 smartphone.

It comes with the same eight-megapixel Carl Zeiss lens with a dual LED flash. It runs on Windows Phone 7 Mango as expected and looks rather sleek and devilishly attractive.

Not much is known about the exact configuration of the phone but we suspect that Nokia is going to opt for a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor rather than the TI OMAP3xxx SoC that powers the N9.

The 4-inch 854x480 pixel capacitive screen is likely to stick around, although we're not sure whether the curved screen will be retained as well.

Nokia did not say how many Windows Phone 7 devices it was actually going to launch in 2011 but the fact that it has Meego on the shelves and now Microsoft's mobile platform means that by Christmas, the manufacturer may be playing on three different OSes.

The other unknown is the price of the phones; existing WP7 phones were introduced with a rather high price tag but you can now pick one up for less than £200.