Nokia is supposedly going to take a short-cut to get its initial models running Microsoft Windows Phone on the market: it’s going to take two smartphones that were designed for the Symbian OS and release them with Microsoft’s. Earlier this year, Nokia announced a significant change in corporate strategy that involves ending its use of the Symbian operating system on its high-end models and instead, using Windows Phone. Nokia’s first devices that will result from this new partnership are expected to debut next year.
The company is now hard at work on the Nokia W7 and Nokia W8, according to an unconfirmed report from Eldar Murtazin, who has unusually good contacts in the phone industry. These will be modified versions of two previously-announced smartphones, the Nokia X7 and N8.
The Nokia X7 was only made official a few days ago, and has not yet been released. This is going to be a consumer-oriented device with a 4-inch WVGA AMOLED touchscreen and 1 GHz processor. Other features will include an 8-megapixel camera and a microSD card slot. It is also going to sport 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity, plus an accelerometer, and GPS receiver.
The Nokia N8 also has a consumer focus, and includes a 12 megapixel camera. It has a 3.5-inch, 640 x 360 touchscreen, 16 GB of built-in storage, and a microSD memory card slot. The N8 includes all the usual wireless connectivity options.
Four More Models
The W7 and W8 will supposedly be just the initial products in what will eventually be a wave of releases. Nokia is allegedly prepping six smartphones running Windows Phone 7 for launch in 2012.
A few details about two of these have leaked out. One will be a slider with a QWERTY keyboard, while the second will reportedly be a scaled-down version of the W7, with the intent of making it an entry-level model. The features of the other two are not yet known.