Leaked: first Nokia Windows Phone 7 'Sabre' pics

Photos of Nokia's first Windows Phone 7 handset, the Nokia Sabre, have been leaked on to the internet by mobile phone news site Pocketnow.

Mobile phone blog Pocketnow obtained pictures of the Sabre prototype - which bears a striking resemblance to the existing Nokia 603 - from an unnamed source. The leak comes a week before the launch of Nokia's new range, the result of a deal announced with Microsoft earlier this year..

The Sabre - and possibly other devices - are due to be formally launched next week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed in a speech at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco this week.

According to Pocketnow's source, the Nokia Sabre is powered by a 1.4GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.

So far, so good. But if this is the best Nokia can muster next week, its entry into the Windows Phone 7 market is likely to be a damp squib - even at it mid-level price, reported to be 300 to 350 Euro.

Rather than slugging it out with big-screen Android-based handsets like the new Sensation XL, the Sabre is equipped with a modest 3.5in WVGA display - and its LCD pales in comparison to cutting-edge handsets boasting AMOLED or Apple's Retina display technology.

According to Pocketnow, the Sabre will also feature a 5-megapixel still camera, but with no front-facing snapper visible in the pics, it seems videoconferencing won't be on the menu.

Three standard Windows Phone buttons - back, home and search - are also visible on the pictures.