A new video has surfaced of Nokia’s future plans for its first Windows Mobile device codenamed “Sea Ray” and now slated for release late this year.The video demonstrates the device and includes the same Mango demo as shown off at Microsoft’s MIX 11 conference in May.
The video is rather high quality for a recording and CEO Stephen Elop places emphasis on turning off all recording devices, leading many to suspect that this was an intentional leak taken from internally produced footage to garner coverage. The video comes on the heels of the official announcement of Nokia’s first and last MeeGo-based device in the N9 earlier last week. As Sea Ray is nearly identical to the N9, the prevailing consensus is that the N9 is meant to be the final stepping stone to the planned transition to Windows Phone 7 for Nokia’s high-end smartphones.
To further confirm Elop’s position on MeeGo, a recent interview has confirmed that Nokia will not revisit MeeGo development even if the manufacturer builds on the pre-release hype stemming from the N9 announcement and manages to sell more N9 smartphones than expected, as he states that the N9 relies more on the Qt framework than MeeGo proper.