When is Nokia’s Sea Ray WP7 smartphone going to finally arrive? We looked into some of the latest news and rumors surrounding the handset’s release earlier this month, and at that point it seemed like we’d see a limited European release before the end of the year, with wider global distribution following in 2012. Now we’ve run across a new rumor that says we might have to wait until 2012 for even the European release of the Sea Ray.
The Street’s Scott Moritz presents this as an unconfirmed rumor from an unnamed source, citing delays in the phone’s release schedule. According to him, they would mean Nokia would wouldn’t get the Sea Ray out anywhere in 2011. We’ll have to wait and see if any evidence arrives supporting his claims, but are they at least plausible?
Last week, Nokia tweeted that its first WP7 smartphones would most assuredly be out sometime in 2011. If Moritz is right, there’s the possibility that problems have crept up in the past week, or the chance that the Sea Ray will not be the first Nokia WP7 device. We mentioned this possibility earlier, since there are a couple other potential WP7 phones from Nokia that we’ve heard about, and while Moritz specifically talks about the Sea Ray, Nokia did not identify the model mentioned in its confirmation (though Moritz seems to believe the Sea Ray will, in fact, be the first Nokia WP7 model). It might seem more likely that Moritz got some bad information, but there’s a chance he could be onto something here.
Update: Nokia is sticking to its guns, reiterating its plans for a WP7 release this year.