Leaked Nokia Searay picture surfaces but could be faked [Update]

Of all of the Windows Phone 7 smartphones that have been rumored to be under development at Nokia, the one that keeps being mentioned the most is the Nokia Searay (also spelled as "Sea Ray" in other news reports). Now The Nokia Blog reports that it has received a leaked image showing the Searay smartphone as part of a promotional ad created by T-Mobile Germany, who presumably would be selling the Searay in that country when it becomes available.

The ad itself also has a description, in German, that when translated states, "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." This tracks with some previous info about the smartphone that has been leaked in the past few days. Another leaked promotional ad said that the Searay would have some kind of voice navigation support and 3D mapping. Yet another rumor claims that the Searay would also have a 1.4 Ghz processor, 16 GB of storage and an eight megapixel camera.

All of these reports suggest that the Nokia Searay will be the flagship smartphone for its long awaited Windows Phone 7-based line up of devices. At least two other phones, the Nokia Sabre and the Nokia Ace, have also been revealed via Internet leaks. Nokia and Microsoft are still keeping official details about these products secret but we should learn more when the company  holds its Nokia World event in London on October 26.

Update: There's some speculation in the comments that the leaked ad could in fact be faked.

Image via TheNokiaBlog.com

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looks fake.... the front buttons are too close to the edge of the screen....
there should have ample room for upward swipe gesture to bring up the contextual menu....

if it's real then nokia design fail....

In itself, this ad is most surely a fake. If you look at the high-resolution image at http://thenokiablog.com/wp-con...ds/2011/10/NokiaSearayB.jpg , not only can you clearly see the discrepancies, but also me from germany I can confirm, that this odd. At the bottom right, beneath the T-Mobile-logo, you can see the text "Informieren Sie sich über unsere Tariefe in Ihrem Telekom-Shop oder auf t-mobilde.de.".
While most subtleties are correct, quite obviously the word "Tarife" is spellt wrong, which most german-speaking people would immediately note.
Also, all in all, the general layout seems inconsistent if you look at the right-aligned text and logo at the bottom, but a different distance at the text in the top.
[Edit:] Also, the localisation is wrong. My WP7 says "Nachrichten" on Mango and not SMS/MMS. This is either the old NoDo-Text, but we already saw, that it was running Mango, or it is completely faked.

Black as accent color? Strange. And the soft buttons are a bit to close to the screen, IMO. But overall it looks great. Just like the N9.

Koki.v3 said,
That image is fake. I can't believe even Neowin fell for it.
how is it fake? its exactly what keeps popping up

I have a few problems with this image.

1. It's no secret that Nokia has a new three-digit naming convention for its handsets, and that Searay is a codename for the handset in development. I find it strange therefore that T-Mobile should be creating marketing literature using the codename rather than with the actual model number.

2. I may have been misinformed on this, but I understand that Microsoft requires that the 'Mango' name be used sparingly in marketing materials, and only for promotional or support activities related to upgrades; I'm sure I also recall Eric Hautala or another big name associated with the Windows Phone programme stating that the Mango name is being phased out of usage. Promotional materials for new Mango handsets should refer to the OS as "Windows Phone 7.5" or "Windows Phone OS 7.5". I therefore find it odd that the Mango name should be included in this new promotional asset.

3. The white display area isn't equally positioned in the centre of the image; if you zoom in, you'll notice that the display appears to be missing one or two pixels of width along its left edge compared with the right edge of the screen. This can't be attributed to shadowing, as the light source is evenly distributed on both the left and right side; shadowing along that edge would also imply a recessed screen which is highly unlikely.

4. The positioning of the Nokia logo just doesn't sit right with me. On the Nokia N9, the Nokia logo is vertically centred between the edge of the dark glass area and the coloured body of the handset. I don't understand why here, the logo is extremely close to the glass. The earpiece is clearly visible; it's unlikely that there'd be any light sensor or camera equipment located there (these are usually offset towards one edge or the other), which could prevent the logo from being better positioned. Big companies have big marketing departments that obsess over this level of detail; this looks improbably sloppy.

5. Who is this advert or leaflet for? It's not for retailers, because there's no real information about the handset on there - it doesn't give a potential retailer much reason to want to stock it. I find it hard to believe that it would be for consumers - there's a T-Mobile logo, sure, but how do customers find out more? Surely if this is the launch of a handset worth the network putting out a dedicated advertisement for, then it's worth telling customers how they find out more or place an order. Where's the URL? Where's the Facebook link? Where's any info on how customers should proceed from "oh, that's a nice phone"?

6. Unless Nokia is running its 3.7" AMOLED display at a non-standard resolution, there shouldn't be four rows of tiles visible. In the default Start Screen view, the top edge of the topmost tile is horizontally aligned with the top of the circle/arrow on the right, which cuts off the bottom edge of the fourth row of tiles. In order for the fourth row of tiles to be fully visible along with the gap between the bottom of the fourth row and the bottom edge of the screen, the top edge of the top tile would have to be about three times higher than it is, relative to the circle/arrow.

7. Is that patch of slightly darker shading at the very bottom of the handset supposed to be a mic? Why does it look so ethereal, like a transparency rather than a physical feature?

8. Both Nokia and T-Mobile routinely refer to AMOLED in all-caps; yet this ad deviates from this convention, referring to 'Amoled' in sentence case.


Now, I realise that many of the issues with the details and intricacies of the handset design could just be down to a poor rendering of the handset by some bored graphic designer somewhere, but the design question marks combined with the other elements make me very suspicious indeed about the veracity of this 'leaked document'.

Of course, I could be completely wrong about all of this, in which case, I'll probably look very stupid indeed in a few weeks' time when Deutsche Telekom starts flooding all media with this ad.

Very good! And there are even more hints that this must be fake: There are more typos. In German you write 3,7 not 3.7 and after 3D is another point.

A black accent color on the while theme will not work. Every text will be black so you wouldn't see highlighted text.

And where are the hardware buttons? And why does the reflection not have those strange rounded corners? The reflection on the "table" has the same shape like the N9.

Where is the front facing camera?

The "artist" of this ad was using this image from the N9: http://www.pcgameshardware.de/...1/06/Nokia-N9-MeeGo__5_.jpg

Fake

Looks awesome! Wonder what other color options will be available.
This is probably a stupid question but... are those capacitive buttons or "virtual" buttons?

Being from Germany, I can tell you that this 'ad' is definitely fake. First of all, T-Mobile Germany is now called 'Deutsche Telekom' again and the brand t-mobile doesn't appear in ads anymore. Likewise the website "t-mobile.de" (written on the lower right hand of the 'ad') is not used anymore and redirects you to http://www.telekom.de. Second of all the description on the right doesn't make any real sense that way. It should be:

"Mit Nokia Drive sicher ans Ziel - inklusive 3D-Darstellung und sprachgesteuerter Navigation"
meaning
"Drive safely to your destination with Nokia - including 3D-representation and voice-controlled navigation." So the dot after 3D doesn't make any sense there. Plus, the last sentence "Brillantes 3,7" gewölbtes Display" is neither a real sentence nor would it ever appear like that in an ad. It would suggest the display being curved at 3,7" which doesn't make any sense..

So the picture might be real, but this is definitely not a leaked ad.

As an owner of a HD7 on O2 I must say this Nokia beats it hands down. The screen itself would be a big bonus over the HD7 and in addition to this. Also I expect the battery life to be much better than the HD7 which sucks quite frankly even with Wifi turned off and background services turned off with email set to fetch manually instead of every x amount of minutes the battery simply does not last.

This looks much much better than the HD7 it will be pretty much the Same as the N9 with minor hardware differences and a different OS.

looks promising, is that 1.4ghz dual core or single? I'm normally and android kind of guy, but I like the wp7 interface (yes I have launcher 7 lol) I'd probably switch to it if they had really powerful phones and better games. as of now, android has the better games and features all around, but I figure with xbox live support wp7 could be a big hit if microsoft tried harder.

Lorddresefer said,
looks promising, is that 1.4ghz dual core or single? I'm normally and android kind of guy, but I like the wp7 interface (yes I have launcher 7 lol) I'd probably switch to it if they had really powerful phones and better games. as of now, android has the better games and features all around, but I figure with xbox live support wp7 could be a big hit if microsoft tried harder.

Single vs. dual core shouldn't matter. The real question you should be asking is "is the scrolling performance smooth as butter?"

Case in point, dual core smartphones like the Atrix have worse scrolling performance than your average WP7 phone because software is designed for specific hardware and there are tons of optimizations. Plus, with Windows Phone 7.5, everything is hardware accelerated.

If it were dual-core and scrolling performance still sucked, I don't think that would fix your problem. Luckily, Windows Phone scrolls quite well even with a single core.

dagamer34 said,

Single vs. dual core shouldn't matter. The real question you should be asking is "is the scrolling performance smooth as butter?"

Case in point, dual core smartphones like the Atrix have worse scrolling performance than your average WP7 phone because software is designed for specific hardware and there are tons of optimizations. Plus, with Windows Phone 7.5, everything is hardware accelerated.

If it were dual-core and scrolling performance still sucked, I don't think that would fix your problem. Luckily, Windows Phone scrolls quite well even with a single core.

It does matter if you are playing game because they should be hardware accelerated already on all OS.

I charge my HTC HD7 twice. Once before bed and once at about 5 pm. Battery life is not the worst. Plus it doesn't take long at all to charge the phone once its at about 20% battery life.

-=SEDIN=- said,
I charge my HTC HD7 twice. Once before bed and once at about 5 pm. Battery life is not the worst. Plus it doesn't take long at all to charge the phone once its at about 20% battery life.

That sucks, I charge my Nokia E6 on Wednesday and Sunday. It's on the internet 24/7 (even while I sleep) with Skype, Whatsapp and Push Email.

-=SEDIN=- said,
I charge my HTC HD7 twice. Once before bed and once at about 5 pm. Battery life is not the worst. Plus it doesn't take long at all to charge the phone once its at about 20% battery life.

You call charging your phone twice a day not a bad battery life? What.

I consider anything below 8-10 hours of speech time and a week standby as crap. Incidentally my current Nokia beats both expectation.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Not impressed. The HTC phones look much better. In order for Nokia to hope to regain the market share it has lost it's going to have to do a lot more than this.

yes, but it is also amoled vs LCD.. which is one reason i am holding back on the htc phones

theyarecomingforyou said,
Not impressed. The HTC phones look much better. In order for Nokia to hope to regain the market share it has lost it's going to have to do a lot more than this.

I've always thought HTC's phones are really ugly. They really don't understand 'less is more'.

Lachlan said,

yes, but it is also amoled vs LCD.. which is one reason i am holding back on the htc phones

This
My regular phone is a Galaxy S, and its away for repair, and have an HTC Desire HD atm, and boy does the screen suck in comparison to AMOLED/Super AMOLED...

Also, my HTC big, fat, n heavy.

Ambroos said,

I've always thought HTC's phones are really ugly. They really don't understand 'less is more'.

Not to mention horrid battery life...my dad owns an HTC Incredible and the battery dies constantly and he does nothing on it but call people...I don't even know why he got the smartphone...then he had it replaced for dropped calls and his replacement is the same thing...terrible battery life.

I looked up info about HTC phones and getting the most battery life. Apparently you have to 'bump charge' the phone. Basically once it reaches 100%, you unplug it, restart it, then it drops down to like 70% and you continue charging it...you have to do this a couple times.

I would NEVER buy an HTC device. Only Samsung and Nokia are approved in my book.

theyarecomingforyou said,
Not impressed. The HTC phones look much better.

There is no way in hell HTC phones look nicer than Nokias. You need your head testing, friend!

AFineFrenzy said,

There is no way in hell HTC phones look nicer than Nokias. You need your head testing, friend!

Now, now, there is no point in fighting over pure opinion. Different people like different styles.

AFineFrenzy said,
There is no way in hell HTC phones look nicer than Nokias. You need your head testing, friend!

I disagree. Considering that HTC accounts for over a third of the Win Phone 7 market it seems that a lot of people agree with me. And if you check out the Ars Technica review of the latest update they say the HTC Titan stands out amongst the competition. To suggest that I have psychological issues on the basis that I prefer one design over another is clearly hyperbolic, while retorting 'there is no way in hell [they] look nicer' is neither mature, nor does it make for a reasoned argument.

As for the battery life of HTC phones - that's certainly a valid criticism and it's questionable why they opted for such small batteries on many of their top-end phones. For instance, the HTC Sensation uses a 1520mAh battery when some of the competition is up to 2500mAh, while phones like the Motorola Atrix opt for 1930mAH.

But this Nokia phone looks really dated. It just doesn't look as nice as the iPhone, HTC phones like the Titan or Motorola phones like the Atrix.

Lachlan said,

yes, but it is also amoled vs LCD.. which is one reason i am holding back on the htc phones

While I agree that AMOLED looks quite brilliant compared to a regular LCD screen, the problem with it is that it burns in the screen. So after a year of your two year device life you are likely to have burned in ghosts on the screen...

Super LCD might be where it's at.

theyarecomingforyou said,

I disagree. Considering that HTC accounts for over a third of the Win Phone 7 market it seems that a lot of people agree with me. And if you check out the Ars Technica review of the latest update they say the HTC Titan stands out amongst the competition. To suggest that I have psychological issues on the basis that I prefer one design over another is clearly hyperbolic, while retorting 'there is no way in hell [they] look nicer' is neither mature, nor does it make for a reasoned argument.

As for the battery life of HTC phones - that's certainly a valid criticism and it's questionable why they opted for such small batteries on many of their top-end phones. For instance, the HTC Sensation uses a 1520mAh battery when some of the competition is up to 2500mAh, while phones like the Motorola Atrix opt for 1930mAH.

But this Nokia phone looks really dated. It just doesn't look as nice as the iPhone, HTC phones like the Titan or Motorola phones like the Atrix.

Wait wha... Nokia doesn't have a single Windows Phone 7 device on sale and youy are using HTC sales numbers to say people think they are better? It isn't an apples to apples comparison friend...

AFineFrenzy said,

There is no way in hell HTC phones look nicer than Nokias. You need your head testing, friend!

Wow, seriously you win the award for most obnoxious person on the web. How on earth can you insult someone on opinion? It looks like you need to follow your own advice. I hope you have health insurance.

BigBoy said,

While I agree that AMOLED looks quite brilliant compared to a regular LCD screen, the problem with it is that it burns in the screen. So after a year of your two year device life you are likely to have burned in ghosts on the screen...

Super LCD might be where it's at.


depends on how you use it. I guess you can't use nightstand clock apps with AMOLED without having burn-in patterns of static elements. but then again I noticed that if I use some app for long time (like hour or so) with lower panel showing all the time, if you switch to solid gray background you can see slightly burned it panel, but after some time and random usage it goes away. still, when you look at solid gray backrgounds, you can notice some light "noise" or the fact that color intensity is not even, but on any color background it looks even and no problems with color images at all.

theyarecomingforyou said,

To suggest that I have psychological issues on the basis that I prefer one design over another is clearly hyperbolic, while retorting 'there is no way in hell [they] look nicer' is neither mature, nor does it make for a reasoned argument.

Do you take everything in life this seriously? Again, head testing.

Frazell Thomas said,
Wait wha... Nokia doesn't have a single Windows Phone 7 device on sale and youy are using HTC sales numbers to say people think they are better? It isn't an apples to apples comparison friend...
Obviously I was not making a direct comparison but extrapolating, as such sales figures do not exist. However, HTC has a considerable market share in both Android and WinPhone7, while Nokia has seen it's market share evaporate after numerous poorly designed phones and would need a very strong design to make a come back and restore faith in the brand. My opinion was that this phone would most certainly not do that.

AFineFrenzy said,
Do you take everything in life this seriously? Again, head testing.
You insulted me for sharing an opinion. Was I supposed to thank you? Next time put together a cogent argument and then maybe people will take you seriously.

sexypeperodri said,
Looks okay, nothing spectacular.

i am more interested about how the sides and back look/feel.. if this thing is super thin then it could be a super nice windows phone

Lachlan said,

i am more interested about how the sides and back look/feel.. if this thing is super thin then it could be a super nice windows phone

PS: It is fake because of the fact that the bottom of the tiles line up perfectly with the bottom of the screen. on a real WP7 and 7.5 they dont line up, the bottom tile is cut off a tiny bit to let the user know to scroll down... Also the reflection seems to show a different OS to me