Nokia is confident it will supply a “batch” of Windows Phone Mango devices and new devices every few months.
Speaking in a series of interviews this week, Nokia’s executive vice president of smart devices, Jo Harlow, has revealed parts of the company’s Windows Phone plans. “We should be launching new devices in a rhythm that might be every couple of months, every three months, something like that,” she said to PC Magazine earlier this week. The Finnish smartphone maker is currently building Windows Phone devices in collaboration with Microsoft. Andy Lees, the President of Microsoft’s Mobile Communication Business, revealed that several Nokia devices were already running Mango during a press event earlier this week.
Harlow refused to confirm whether the company will deliver a Nokia Windows Phone before the end of the year, but did hint that their deadline might be met. “I’m quite pleased with our progress,” said Harlow in an interview with Forbes. “Our target is absolutely still this year…and the target looks good.” The target isn’t a single device either. Nokia plans a “small portfolio” of devices at launch. Nokia confirmed last week that the company plans to use current Qualcomm chips in the first round of Windows Phone Mango devices.
Rumors surfaced on Thursday that Nokia is considering future Windows Phone devices based on dual-core ST-Ericsson chips. The first ST-Ericsson chipset inside a Nokia Windows Phone will be the U8500 reportedly. The silicon is a dual-core system-on-a-chip which is also available inside the Samsung Infuse 4G and Sidekick 4G. Forbes reported on Thursday that Nokia will use the chips on its “Windows Phone 8″ devices. The information backs up rumors that Microsoft may unveil a full chassis 2 hardware specification for its next generation Windows Phones. Nokia has allegedly been working closely with Microsoft on the new chassis specification to ensure they are able to create cheaper Windows Phone devices for the mass market.
Nokia’s Windows Phone devices are currently labelled with “W” (for Windows). The first handset is expected to be a variant of Nokia’s X7 device. The prototype is equipped with a WVGA display, Qualcomm QSD8250 chipset and 8MP camera. Nokia is also rumored to be launching a dual-core N8 variant with a 12MP camera, QWERTY touchscreen candy bar phone and a cheaper touchscreen device with less expensive body.