Nokia Corp., the largest maker of mobile phones in the world and a leading supplier of smartphones, will finally unveil its lineup of smartphones at Nokia World event next week, according to a Microsoft Corp. executive. While no details about the lineup are clear, it is clear that Nokia will try to address different parts of the market with them.
"Nokia will announce its rollout plans with Windows Phone [at Nokia World], among other things. It made an evaluation early on, and saw our roadmap for this year and next year, and it decided to bet the whole company on Windows Phone based on that. We've seen that other hardware makers have seen this occurrence as an accelerant, which in turn helps both Microsoft and Nokia. I'm also excited about naming some new OEMs that will be coming onboard [with WP7]," said Andy Lees, president of Microsoft’s Windows Phone division, in an interview with AllThingsD, reports Engadget blog.
Mr. Lees, who reportedly stressed that Nokia will unveil a number of Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango"-based handsets at its show, also indicated that the mobile phone giant will have differentiating hardware and software and will thus provide something more than just a Windows Phone handsets like other makers.
It is widely believed that Nokia's first Windows Phone device will be the Nokia 800. What we do possibly know about the first Nokia Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango"-based smartphone from Nokia - the Nokia 800 - is that it sports a curved 3.7" AMOLED multi-touch display with unknown resolution and does not sport any hardware buttons on the front side. The handset is presumably powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 (up to 1GHz Scorpion ARM Cortex-A8 core, Adreno 200 graphics processing unit, 720p video, up to 12MP camera, integrated 3G, GSM, GPRS, EDGE, HSPA support and so on) system on-chip, sports 8MP camera, GPS navigation and other innovations.
Based on unofficial information, Nokia is preparing several smartphones, including code-named Sun (presumably with with 12MP camera and dual-core SoC), Saber (single-core SoC, 8MP camera), Sea Ray/Searay (with multi-touch screen) and something featuring a QWERTY keypad smartphones based on Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" operating system for the "initial" lineup release.
In total, there are twelve Nokia Windows Phone 7 devices planned to be released in 2012. All of them are likely to somewhat resemble Symbian-based products, but should naturally offer clear advantages over the platform that is fading away.
The actual code-name of the Nokia 800 is unknown. Based on unofficial specifications and design, it is clearly not the Sea Ray handset shown back in June, 2011, but is likely the Saber.
Nokia World 2011 event takes place in London, the UK, in October 26-27, 2011.
Nokia did not comment on the news-story.