Nokia’s Windows Phone devices to launch on October 26?

By Tom Warren, on 21st Jun 11 10:14 pm with 38 Comments

Nokia's concept Windows Phones

Nokia may be planning to launch its Windows Phone devices on October 26.

The mobile maker announced on Tuesday that it is holding the annual Nokia World conference on October 26-27 in London. WPCentral speculates that this could be the key date for a Windows Phone Nokia device launch party. Nokia World is typically used to launch new products before the holiday season. Nokia has previously revealed that the company plans to launch its first Windows Phones in six European countries. Nokia plans to launch first in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and the Netherlands. 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.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000688576949 Erik Oegema

    I will devenetly buy one. And I hope it will be the “concept” phone from Nokia.

    • The Boss

      Hey, what’s “devenetly”? Perhaps you meant definitely.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001372048419 Jan Westhues

      not everyone’s fluent in english, so take down the pace a little

    • The Boss

      I was correcting his English. You don’t get better unless you get corrected. I wasn’t even being rude about it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/GriffinCoulter Griffin Coulter

      Yeah, except you WERE being rude about it, thats the problem. It seems fairly obviously by his name that English is not his first language, but I could be wrong.

    • Pacific

      The problem with a written language(any languages), there is no tone.  Personally, I don’t think he was being rude.  He was trying to correct the word “devenetly”
      Spoken language has dialect
      variations that represent a region . Writers rely on the words on the page to express
      meaning and their ideas
      Speakers use their voices (pitch,
      rhythm, stress) and their bodies to communicate their message . Most writing is planned and can be changed through
      editing and revision before an audience reads i.  I could go on and on, but I won’t.  I think we got the message.

    • https://profiles.google.com/christopher.gull/ CG

      The person probably speaks Dutch, based on his name, and ‘v’ is pronounced like ‘f’ in their language. As for the rest, it’s not so easy (I just spelled it ‘easi’, damn) to get the e’s and i’s correctly in the irregular language, called English.

  • Anonymous

    I love Nokia! This phone is going to be amazing and I know it! And it would be orgasmic if Nokia changed the OS to support Dual-Core! I want now!!!

  • Anonymous

    If they release a phone with the 8250 I will shoot someone

    • Aaron

      A WP7 with 8250 still runs smoother than the latest dual core androids.  I understand your point though.  I hope Nokia releases a cheaper phone with 8250 but also introduces phones with newer processor that will be the standard for the next version of WP.  I think Microsoft should publish the specifications for its next version of WP ahead of time so that companies can decide to target it so that their consumers can decide to buy cheaper phone targeting current version, or pay more for a phone that will work well with the next version.

  • Ronit Kumar

    Time to blow up some Android and i- balls ..c’mon Nokia release the beasts!!!

  • Ronit Kumar

    Time to blow up some Android and i- balls ..c’mon Nokia release the beasts!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Johannespreekt Johannespreekt

    I wan’t to buy a new WPhone this year! But will it be a Nokia? I don’t need qwerty! How many are they selling this year, am I be able to conquar one this year? Do you get the best hardware in a WPhone…all that news, all those rumours…you get a bit confused!

  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    Yes please.
    The N9 is the best looking phone on the market and that includes the iphone4.
    With WP7 being the only Moder Ui (artistically speaking) October is my new birthday.

    • Guest

      The iPhone 4 is the ugliest phone I’ve ever seen I hate the shape of it a phone is something you want to sit in your hand not lie flat down in your hand

    • Justfortherecord

      I.O.S. was being developed after Android hence Apple isn’t really suing Android. Iphone 4 looks like another Bang-and-Olufsen rip off. As most of their products. 

  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    Yes please.
    The N9 is the best looking phone on the market and that includes the iphone4.
    With WP7 being the only Moder Ui (artistically speaking) October is my new birthday.

  • Anonymous

    i think polls that says nokia gonna be on top of iphone by 2015 are wrong cause i think by 2013 nokia gonna be on top, i just saw the new N9 and is sexy but with mango in october 26 sexiest.

  • http://twitter.com/alexwilks88 Alex Wilks

    Given that my Palm Pre’s contract runs out in September I’m hoping Nokia will have something out the door within a couple of months else it’ll have to be whatever HTC or Samsung Mango device turns up before.

  • Anonymous

    RELEASE THE BEAST!

  • Guest

    Whats with the pink and aqua on all of the Nokia Phones, do they think it is still 1985?

    • http://twitter.com/jrlabs sausage_party

      Those are concepts – more than likely they will release different colors like that, which is pretty nice. Some people love personality on their phone. Looks good! :)

    • Anonymous

      The concept is to match the internal color scheming of WP7 tiles. So you could make your tiles orange and swap out your back for orange as well. Brilliant concept IMO. 

      I personally love the colors btw.

    • Anonymous

      The concept is to match the internal color scheming of WP7 tiles. So you could make your tiles orange and swap out your back for orange as well. Brilliant concept IMO. 

      I personally love the colors btw.

    • Guest

      Then let hope they do not choose the poop brown tile color for the outside, it work so well for zune!  lol

    • Anonymous

      The concept is to match the internal color scheming of WP7 tiles. So you could make your tiles orange and swap out your back for orange as well. Brilliant concept IMO. 

      I personally love the colors btw.

    • Aaron

      Every WP7 i have seen has been black.  I personally like black for my electronics, but I would love to see some more color in the lineup by the time I get my wife a new phone.

    • WMuser

      Yes it the same colors of the new DOA meego phone which I can not understand why they even bother to release it if they are not support the platform seems like a waste of time better used on getting a WP7 phone out!

  • blackletter

    i just bought the HTC HD7S on AT&T and love it. Solid hardware and beautiful super LCD screen. I can say will absolute confidence that Windows Metro UI is the most intelligent and efficient OS on the market today. Its native integration with Microsoft Exchange and Office is just awesome. I love this phone. I am so happy that Microsoft reentered the smartphone market. Windows Phone 7 is a breath of fresh air and far exceeds iOS, Android, and BlackBerry OS in both intuitiveness and functionality. Keep in mind that I was a former diehard BlackBerry owner and a former iPhone 3G owner. I use Microsoft Exchange and Office in my daily life so Windows Phone 7 offers the finest integration of Microsoft services. Thank you Microsoft. Bring on Mango!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/oslicek David Petrla

    It’s too late. You need at last two more weeks to ship the phones into shops, otherwise leaks are inevitable. So you have on the shelf presence from mid-November, although online orders may start on Oct 26th.

    Smartphone purchase is not impulsive, at least in Europe. People are considering their purchases for weeks. So this late introduction means another lost season for Nokia at the end of the day.

    • http://twitter.com/oolong2 oolong2

      Yes I’m sure Nokia has no idea how the European market works….  Of course Nokia would be clueless and completely new to selling mobile phones there.    I’d be surprised if Europeans even recognize the Nokia brand.

      /s

    • http://twitter.com/oslicek David Petrla

      My point was that this is wrong date. I expect it 1-2 months sooner.

    • Morgan Wisbey

      what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

    • http://twitter.com/oslicek David Petrla

      :-) I hope Nokia will thrive. I just think this is smoke and mirror. Because Elop has recently said their WP development efforts are proceeding well. And October 26th is simply a wrong date from the marketing point of view. :-)

    • Guest

      I suspect this is as much MS doing as anything,  It is the same positioning that was done on the original WP7 introduction.  If they release in September and do not get good initial sales the first month it will kill holiday sales and like the platform itself,  Both Elop and Ballmer knows this and looking to minimize the risk by offering it up later hoping initial excitement will carry it into end of qtr sales.  

    • Guest

      Actually David makes a very good point that late October is not prime for the most important quarter is phone sales.  It does not put the release timing at the best opportunity for success.  Why would they do that.  Couple of reasons, first is they are already rushing the product to market, which usually results in less then perfect performance for early models.  A late 4 qtr date means if there is issue the will not been seen until after the holiday sales (minimizing any negative press may have).  Second reason is releasing it late give both Nokia and MS a narrative if sales are low.  They will say the number do not reflect a full quarter offering them an opportunity to spin the numbers if they are not as high as we hope.  

  • Anonymous

    Love it.

  • Modernman

    girlfriend saw the above pink concept model pic and saw “I want, I want!” Seems to be her biggest factor in deciding phones…..