Nokia is planning to launch its Windows Phone devices in six European countries, according to reports.
Nokia vice president Victor Saeijs revealed the six launch markets at the 2011 Mobile Telecompaper conference, reports WMPoweruser. Nokia plans to launch first in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and the Netherlands. Engadget notes that Finland, Nokia’s home nation, is excluded from the initial launch plans. Nokia is aiming to launch its own Windows Phone Mango devices later this year. Nokia’s Windows Phone devices are currently labeled 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.
Research analysts IDC and Gartner have both predicted that Microsoft’s Windows Phone devices will beat iPhone sales by 2015. Nokia’s Windows Phone launch will be viewed as an initial test of Windows Phone sales estimates. Concerns for Nokia as a company grew last month after the firm revealed its second quarter outlook isn’t great. The phone maker downgraded its own outlook and expects device and services net sales to be “substantially below” its previous estimates. The revelations saw the company’s stock price drop by 15% on the NYSE.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop has previously teased his own Nokia Windows Phone device during an interview at D9. The former Microsoft worker showed off a Nokia prototype Windows Phone device briefly. Elop refused to show it fully but claims he regularly carries a Windows Phone device running on Nokia hardware. Elop said the company is on track for a fourth quarter release of Windows Phone devices.