As reported by the::unwired and others, Microsoft and Nokia are lined up to host a joint event on the 17th of this month at the Gamescom conference in Germany. Gamescom is one of the big annual gaming trade shows, so on some level, it'd make sense that these guys might choose the event to show off Nokia's first production Windows Phone hardware -- after all, Xbox Live integration factors pretty prominently into the Windows Phone value proposition, and I'm sure Microsoft would love to re-up its commitment to mobile gaming with a huge hardware launch.
Well, we hate to be the bearers of bad news, but we've received word from a trusted source that the Gamescom event won't be the occasion of a retail hardware unveil -- instead, Nokia and Microsoft are using the opportunity to mingle with local developers and build relationships going into the Mango launch. I wouldn't be surprised if Nokia were to show off Sea Ray again, but as for new hardware or details on the company's Windows Phone launch roadmap, no dice. When, then? CTIA and Nokia World both happen in October, which seems like a nice two-pronged opportunity to address the US and European markets directly... but we'll just have to wait and see how it shakes out.