Nokia Rumored To Be Releasing Two Windows Phone 8 Smartphones On September 5, 2012

Subject: Mobile | August 24, 2012 - 06:41 AM |
Tagged: windows phone 8, smartphone, nokia, microsoft

While Windows 8 on the desktop (and ARM devices) have occupied much of the spotlight for Microsoft’s products, it is not the only Windows 8 product coming out soon. Namely, the mobile variant that is Windows Phone 8 is set to officially release later this year. In line with, and suggesting a release day, the launch are leaked details on two Nokia smartphones that will run the next-generation Microsoft mobile operating system.

According to sources in the know, Nokia is planning to launch two new smartphones under its Lumia brand during a media event in NYC on September 5th 2012. As the event will see both Nokia and Microsoft on stage, the September 5th date seems very likely to be the official Windows Phone 8 debut. On the Nokia side of things specifically, the company plans to launch both a mid-range handset as well as the Windows Phone 8 flagship smartphone. The Nokia mobile devices are currently known by their code names of “Arrow” and “Phi” respectively. While specifications on the mid-range handset are unknown, the flagship Phi smartphone will reportedly feature similar design aesthetics to the company’s other Lumia-series smartphones–including a curved glass display and polycarbonate body.

The Phi will be an AT&T exclusive device while the Arrow will be available on both AT&T and T-Mobile. Interestingly, if the rumors hold true Verizon will not have a launch WP8 device. It will see a tweaked version of the mid-range Arrow codenamed Atlas but it is not going to launch with the other two Nokia devices.

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Windows Phone 8 improves on hardware support, adds features, and tweaks the software interface to be more user friendly. Some of the more interesting new features include a shared codebase with Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 (x86-64) where only minor tweaks will be necessary to deploy “Metro” Modern UI apps to phones, tablets, and desktops.  Further, hardware requirements have been upgraded to support 720p or 1280x768 (WXGA) displays, NFC (Near Field Communication. Think RFID but at shorter distances (and some other differences)), multi-core processors, and the inclusion of SD card slots.

On the software side of things, Windows Phone 8 will integrate the licensed map technology from Nokia and will feature a new Start Screen that allows changing tile size (small, medium, large) and ditches the navigational cue arrow. Nokia does seem to have some decent map technology from what I've used of it, so I'm glad Microsoft is taking advantage of the close relationship between itself and Nokia to get a licensing agreement going (and here's hoping Nokia is making some money off of it, they could always use the boost).

Unfortunately there is no pricing information or clues as to whether the two smartphones will actually be purchasable on announcement day. I guess we will all find out on September 5th!

In spite of the controversy surrounding the Modern UI on the desktop, Windows Phone 8 is looking to be a solid improvement over WP7 and it seems that Microsoft is moving in the right direction. Questions remain on whether or not it will be enough to take on the Google Android and Apple IOS juggernauts, however. Tizen and Firefox OS are going to have a harder time breaking into the market thanks to WP8, however.

That’s just my opinion and bit of speculation, however. What do you think? Will Nokia and Microsoft see better sales and increased adoption with Windows Phone 8 and Nokia’s second try at a smartphone running Microsoft’s OS? Will you be considering an upgrade or switch over to WP8?

Read more Windows Phone coverage using the Windows Phone 8 tag.

Source: The Verge

August 24, 2012 | 09:23 AM - Posted by Gunbuster

If the halo phone is an exclusive to ATT then count me out. Don't they understand that giving ATT an exclusive is a big FU to the other 60% of the mobile market.

August 24, 2012 | 01:51 PM - Posted by techtrendz (not verified)

I have been testing the New Windows 8 and WP8 OS and I am quite stunned by the quality fell on the Samsung tablet I have used. The OS is touch touch touch all the way. Gorgeous.

August 24, 2012 | 02:51 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'm very excited about the new WP8 platform being released but being a Verizon customer I'm hoping they carry and promote it appropriatly. Kind of tired having just two choices for phone OS and I'm starting to really like Win8. I just want something different than what's being offered at VW and excited about being able to integrate my phone with PC, XBOX, even sync system with my car

August 24, 2012 | 03:57 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I want an x86 phone with w8!!

August 27, 2012 | 02:43 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

NTT DoCoMo has a phone listed for release by Fujitsu that is just that. It is called the F-01E LOOX. It hasn't been released, but it's penciled in for DoCoMo's 2012~2013 line-up.

August 27, 2012 | 02:46 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Interestingly there is also a WinRT based phone by Sharp, SH-01E NetWalkerPhone, listed for possible release on DoCoMo in their 2012~2013 selection.

Here is a link to the site I was looking at:

August 27, 2012 | 04:22 PM - Posted by eastbayrae

This fall is gonna be epic for Windows fans in general. MS please take my money!

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