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.