At this point, we all know that there will be Windows Phone 7.5-running Nokia smartphones announced at the end of this month and now we even got to know the name and release time frame for one of them. The news came from a leaked Orange France roadmap, which mentions the Nokia Sun.
Nokia Sun will come with a 3.7" AMOLED screen, Windows Phone Mango, a 1.4GHz CPU and 16GB of onboard storage. That's suspiciously close to the specs sheet of the rumored Nokia Sea Ray and since Nokia will hardly release two so similarly-spec'd devices at the same time, safe money is on those two being the same thing.
An interesting bit revealed by this new leak is that the Nokia Sun will come with a micro SIM card, instead of a regularly-sized one. Those are still pretty rare, but Nokia already has one smartphone with micro SIM, the MeeGo-running N9, so it wouldn't be a huge shock.
What's most exciting though is that we won't even have to wait until the holiday season to get to try an actual Nokia WP smartphone. The roadmap mentions week 46 as the release time frame for the Nokia Sun, which is the second week of November. And that's only assuming that Orange will be among the first carriers to get it - otherwise we might see it hit the shelves even sooner.
Nokia world just can't come quick enough, can it?