Report: 'Nokia Sun' Windows Phone coming in November

With Apple’s iPhone 4S apparently failing to excite consumers, and many left wondering what happened to the iPhone 5, it seems there's now an opportunity for Apple’s rivals to grab some headlines and show off their new handsets in time for the holiday season. Those most likely to be rejoicing over the tepid reaction to the new iPhone will surely be Microsoft and Nokia.

Microsoft, of course, recently released the greatly anticipated ‘Mango’ update to its Windows Phone operating system, and its rollout seems to be going rather well so far. The first handsets with Mango – or Windows Phone 7.5 – on board are already on sale in some markets, from Fujitsu-Toshiba, HTC and Samsung, but the devices that many are still waiting for are those from Nokia.

Precious little is known about Nokia’s first Windows Phones, although alleged specifications for three devices – codenamed Searay, Sabre and Ace – leaked last week. MonWindowsPhone.com has now received a copy of an internal document from Orange France, claiming to list availability of a range of new phones, including a Windows Phone called the 'Nokia Sun', with the following specifications:

  • 1.4GHz processor
  • Polycarbonate unibody design
  • 16GB memory
  • 8MP camera
  • 3.7” AMOLED screen
  • Micro SIM card

These specs align with those previously leaked for the Searay, and it’s claimed that the device would be available in week 46 (week beginning 7 November). The document also indicates that HTC’s Radar – another new Windows Phone 7.5 handset – will be available on the same network in week 42 (week beginning 10 October, i.e. next week). If that turns out to be true, it would certainly lend some credibility to the document’s other contents.  

But it’s curious that Nokia would apparently be eschewing its own new three-digit handset numbering system in favour of naming the device ‘Sun’. Another leak at the end of August appeared to show a new Windows Phone called the Nokia 703, with specs that seem to match those of the Sabre, and it certainly seems more likely that Nokia would apply its new numbering convention to its newest handsets.

It is possible, though, that Nokia intends to use both a number and a name to identify its Windows Phone devices. WPCentral reports that a “Nokia Lumia 800” has recently been identified as a Windows Phone, but it’s anyone’s guess as to what specs that handset might have.

Indeed, it’s best to file all of this under ‘speculation’ for now – but thankfully, the wait for concrete information is almost over. Nokia’s first Windows Phones will be announced at the company’s Nokia World conference in London on 26-27 October.  

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Names aside, this has to be the 3rd or what? 4th Nokia phone? Whatever they call them i'll be happy if I see a steady flow of new phones every few months instead of a new batch once a year like WP has gotten to date.

GP007 said,
Names aside, this has to be the 3rd or what? 4th Nokia phone? Whatever they call them i'll be happy if I see a steady flow of new phones every few months instead of a new batch once a year like WP has gotten to date.

Agreed. I think Nokia's gonna be huge. The only thing holding Windows Phone back is the device selection.

M_Lyons10 said,

Agreed. I think Nokia's gonna be huge. The only thing holding Windows Phone back is the device selection.

I think it's much more because of advertising. EVERYONE that I know doesn't even know about the existence of WP7!! Shame... because this os is really something!!

Mouettus said,

I think it's much more because of advertising. EVERYONE that I know doesn't even know about the existence of WP7!! Shame... because this os is really something!!

I think it really comes down to the amount of advertising too but also the lack of support or push by the carriers and retailers. There is still a lot of negativity coming from them about Windows Phone. If the carriers and retailers started pushing it and supporting it to make it look like a viable option, than we'll see the numbers skyrocket. I think the lack of excitement about the iPhone 4S will help a lot. The sad part is I turned on the news the night of the release and they were talking about it as if it were the best thing ever and it was thinner (blatant lie). They took about a minute and a half to talk about how good it was and then less than 30 seconds to say that there are a few people out there that don't support it as much.

Nokia DID have a competition to name their next device, so it is possible that they're dumping numbers for names.

https://polldaddy.com/poll/5450687/#

Although to be fair, that looks more like they want a name for a series of devices rather than just a single device. And "Sun" isn't on the list.

Kushan said,
Nokia DID have a competition to name their next device, so it is possible that they're dumping numbers for names.

https://polldaddy.com/poll/5450687/#

Although to be fair, that looks more like they want a name for a series of devices rather than just a single device. And "Sun" isn't on the list.

Yeah, I think the numbers are internal product numbers personally. It sounds like they're going to be going with names at launch...