There has been a lot of debate over the Nokia and Microsoft Partnership, especially regarding when Nokia will start the production of the Windows Phone 7 devices. While the exact dates are yet to be announced, Mobile Review revealed that we can expect at least 4 devices in early 2012.
Another area Nokia and Microsoft are having a challenge in agreeing is the naming convention of the new phones. It will be difficult for both to modify their existing conventions to please the other, but at large the Nokia Windows Phone devices will be carrying a “W” prefix. This will be the link factor for the Nokia phones running on the Windows operating system.
As per the details made available, Nokia will be releasing the first handset in early 2012, which will be a modified version of the Nokia X7. It will have an 8MP camera, a Qualcomm QSD8250 chipset and a WVGA screen. A Windows Phone version of the Nokia N8 will also be in the markets towards the end of the first quarter or early in the second one. It will, like the N8 have a 12MP camera and also boast a Dual-Core Qualcomm processor.
From the specifications of the sets mentioned, it appears that Microsoft and Nokia are both in harmony to continue with the focus on camera phones. One interesting thing to note here is how Nokia is being made to adopt the Qualcomm processor to power its devices, the credit of which largely goes to Microsoft.
There are two more, one that will be a touch screen QWERTY phone and another low priced model aimed to cater to the lower tier of the smartphone market. While the 4 are just the beginning, Nokia will be releasing at least a dozen Windows Phone 7 devices. There is a lot more to come from this Nokia/Microsoft handshake for sure. Let’s wait and see how 2012 shapes for both the giants and how they can benefit from each others’ position.