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First look at Sea Ray, Nokia's first Windows Phone 7 device

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(Read caption) The new Nokia Sea Ray resembles the N9, pictured.

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Excited about the Nokia N9, but don't want to be stuck with the withering MeeGo operating system for the next two years? Take a look at the Nokia Sea Ray.

Earlier this week, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop gathered his employees for the unveiling of a “super confidential” new product. Before revealing it, he asked everyone to “put away their cameras” – but apparently some employees kept them out anyway, and now pictures and video of the unveiling are in the wild. Is this a leak? Or is it – judging from the professional-quality video that came out of the event – an “unofficial official” leak? Either way, we’ve got a glimpse at “Sea Ray,” Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 handset.

Physically, the phone looks almost identical to Nokia’s N9, which was announced on Tuesday. It has a featureless glass front, polycarbonate body, and an 8-megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens. The crucial difference is that the leaked photos and video show it running the Windows Phone 7 “Mango” operating system.

Why is that a big deal? In its Tuesday announcement, Nokia confirmed that the N9 will run the mobile Linux-based MeeGo operating system, which Nokia developed with Intel. But earlier this year, Nokia also signed a deal with Microsoft in which it agreed to port all its smartphones (including those running the Symbian operating system) to Windows Phone 7.

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