Nokia aims to release 12 Windows Phone devices in 2012

Nokia could be in the middle of preparing Windows Phone devices to land in 2012. As many of twelve of these Windows Phone devices are intended to release during 2012, suggests information from a Russian website called Mobile-Review. The site has attained a reputation for its accuracy concerning Nokia. While releasing twelve handsets seems rather unlikely, the site does offer information on four main devices that Nokia intend to release towards the end of 2011, or the start of 2012. Currently, Nokia are using a naming system of W-xx (the 'W' denotes a Windows Phone device, and the 'xx' field will be replaced with numbers during their development; for example, W7-01). According to information available on Mobile-Review, Nokia's plans are subject to change almost daily, with hastily-made decisions.

The Windows Phone 7 devices apparently all use a very similar, if not identical, chassis. The only real differences in the phones are external, as they all use the same internal processor and other parts. The current chassis are produced by Qualcomm, though by the end of the year a second chassis will likely be in production. The newer chassis will allow for the usage of different processors and alternative phone designs: for example, slide-based devices with QWERTY keypads and other such designs. Nokia's current prototypes use Qualcomm's chassis currently, though it is likely that the company will adapt their designs to Chassis 2 when it releases. According to the article's writer, the prototype phone he used was a revised version of the Nokia X7, with a WVGA screen and QSD8250 chipset. The screen is not AMOLED, like that of the Samsung Galaxy, but apparently, the prototype was similar to the HTC Mozart handset, boasting a similar set of features.

The camera on the phone is supposedly 8MP, and features both flash and auto-focus. The auto-focus feature will be available on all Nokia-produced Windows Phones, in order to differentiate them from Nokia devices running their Symbian mobile OS. The other prototypes outlined by the article's writer are a QWERTY-based candybar phone, similar to the Nokia E72. The design is currently unknown, though it may simply be a modified version of the existing E72 device, running Windows Mobile. This model is likely marketed at business users, due to the existence of a corporate subscription system.

The third prototype outlined is a Nokia N8, running the Windows Phone OS. As the N8 already features a 12MP camera, the camera is likely going to be marketed as the phone's unique selling point. The phone design is apparently to be customized in order to prevent it resembling the current N8 handset. The other main goal of the N8-based device is to create the most powerful Windows Phone available - meaning that it may use a dual-core processor and the Adreno 320 GPU. This phone represents the difficulty Nokia are apparently encountering with the transition to Windows Mobile devices, as specification information on the device is apparently 'changing weekly'.

The final prototype described in the article is a cheaper touch-screen device. The phone will apparently use cheaper materials for the body in order to minimize production costs. The camera included is likely to include a fixed-focus system, in order to further reduce manufacture costs. The phone is intended to bridge the gap between earlier WP7 devices, and newer devices that release in the future (referred to as 'wave 2' devices).

Further through the article, it suggests the end of Nokia's own mobile operating system, Symbian. The OS is still being supported into 2012, though it will not be supported beyond the end of the year. On a rather more worrying note, the writer of the original article hints at potentially massive lay-offs within Nokia, after Symbian ceases to be the company's main focus.

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My next windows phone must have:
4 inch or higher AMOLED screen
32-64GB storage
1 GHZ Processor or higher
8 Mega pixel or higher camera

Make it happen Nokia!!!!

wetworker said,
My next windows phone must have:
4 inch or higher AMOLED screen
32-64GB storage
1 GHZ Processor or higher
8 Mega pixel or higher camera

Make it happen Nokia!!!!


Sounds nice. Add Super AMOLED to that and I'm on board too. lol

wetworker said,
My next windows phone must have:
4 inch or higher AMOLED screen
32-64GB storage
1 GHZ Processor or higher
8 Mega pixel or higher camera

Make it happen Nokia!!!!


Count me in....

None of those technologies have even been announced, and most that it will bring is a higher resolution, which i really dont care about, I ve done quite a bit of research on this and nokia already has their n8 out with this hardware, they have to make a few changes to work with the QualComm chipset but this phone is not that far away, besides a phone is more than screensize, the windows phone 7 is a very energy efficent smart phone as well and have an increasing number of useful apps.

I cant wait till the W8 gets released, wish I could preorder it now. Wondering if it gets a CDMA Version, that would really be awesome. 12 megapixel camera, 1080p hdmi out, AMOLED gorilla glass screen, dual core proc, 768-1024 mb of ram, gosh this is going to be such a great phone...

carson2255 said,
I cant wait till the W8 gets released, wish I could preorder it now. Wondering if it gets a CDMA Version, that would really be awesome. 12 megapixel camera, 1080p hdmi out, AMOLED gorilla glass screen, dual core proc, 768-1024 mb of ram, gosh this is going to be such a great phone...

By then we'll have SuperAMOLED3 and SuperLCD2, Retina2 and a host of other new players as well.
You'll still have a confusing number of options to research in order to buy as an informed consumer.

carson2255 said,
I cant wait till the W8 gets released, wish I could preorder it now. Wondering if it gets a CDMA Version, that would really be awesome. 12 megapixel camera, 1080p hdmi out, AMOLED gorilla glass screen, dual core proc, 768-1024 mb of ram, gosh this is going to be such a great phone...

Gorilla glass would be awesome. I hope it's Super AMOLED though.

M_Lyons10 said,

Gorilla glass would be awesome. I hope it's Super AMOLED though.

All current symbian^3 phones (N8, C7, C6-01, E7) have both gorilla glass and AMOLED. I can't see why their WP7 phones won't have them.

dotf said,

By then we'll have SuperAMOLED3 and SuperLCD2, Retina2 and a host of other new players as well.
You'll still have a confusing number of options to research in order to buy as an informed consumer.

Retina2 - oh god you are really in the jobs reality distortion field.

yowan said,
Awesome Nokia Hardware + Great WP7 OS = iCrap killer

You are joking meh aren't u.. wp7 is crap. Hence the massive update with mango. Even then it will be a third dud from Microsoft.

Symbian isn't going to go in 2012.

What a surefire way to slit your own throat. You're on the verge of losing everything, so lets over saturate the market that could possibly save us. It's decisions like these that should be used to clear out idiotic management.

nekkidtruth said,
What a surefire way to slit your own throat. You're on the verge of losing everything, so lets over saturate the market that could possibly save us. It's decisions like these that should be used to clear out idiotic management.

Agreed. I was about to say something similar.
Why do they need 12 phones?
I've always hated how Nokia has so many phones all the time. Just stick to a small number but focus on them and make them brilliant.

nekkidtruth said,
What a surefire way to slit your own throat. You're on the verge of losing everything, so lets over saturate the market that could possibly save us. It's decisions like these that should be used to clear out idiotic management.

My guess is different models will be released in different markets. ie: some for Europe, some for the US, some for Verizon, some for AT&T, etc...
I don't see it as "throat-slitting" but rather making good use of a common chassis and fitting different "shells" for different carriers and markets.
Remember the early Nokia candybar phones? You could swap out backs, fronts, keypads. This follows the same design principles as their early phones - using economies of scale to produce one model for the core/chassis, and varying externals that can be designed and produced for less cost than the circuitry.

nekkidtruth said,
What a surefire way to slit your own throat. You're on the verge of losing everything, so lets over saturate the market that could possibly save us. It's decisions like these that should be used to clear out idiotic management.

I agree - this sounds like a lot. Even with, say, three market segments and two such releases on one year, that'd still only make six phones.

The one thing that'd make sense out of this is if it's, as said here, for different markets and not one and the same market.

nevann said,
Why do they need 12 phones?

Different geographical locations have different phone requirements as well as prices - you know how well an iPhone/most of the Android phone last over here? A few months and I can throw them into the nearest waste basket because they're all easily breakable plastic toys.

My old Nokia? Works year after year and I've literally had it smashed between a car door, dropped it several times on the pavement, it has endured rain, snow, sleet and -30 to +30C - however not everyone wants a bulky phone like that with extra protection, they want an ultra slim "Oh so perdy! ^_^ Goes nice with my Gucci DAISUKII! ^_^" -phone that cracks when you look at it, or one that has the latest super highend cpu and you can see air crackle around it as it sucks the battery - and your wallet.

Funny how usually the people who complain about Nokia giving people a choice are the same people who moan and whine when someone criticizes the 50 different Windows versions.

daPhoenix said,

Different geographical locations have different phone requirements as well as prices - you know how well an iPhone/most of the Android phone last over here? A few months and I can throw them into the nearest waste basket because they're all easily breakable plastic toys.

My old Nokia? Works year after year and I've literally had it smashed between a car door, dropped it several times on the pavement, it has endured rain, snow, sleet and -30 to +30C - however not everyone wants a bulky phone like that with extra protection, they want an ultra slim "Oh so perdy! ^_^ Goes nice with my Gucci DAISUKII! ^_^" -phone that cracks when you look at it, or one that has the latest super highend cpu and you can see air crackle around it as it sucks the battery - and your wallet.

Funny how usually the people who complain about Nokia giving people a choice are the same people who moan and whine when someone criticizes the 50 different Windows versions.

+1

nekkidtruth said,
What a surefire way to slit your own throat. You're on the verge of losing everything, so lets over saturate the market that could possibly save us. It's decisions like these that should be used to clear out idiotic management.

If you check out the market slice they have, them you will understand this. Their manufacturing model has made of Nokia what it is now, multi million phone seller.

nekkidtruth said,
What a surefire way to slit your own throat. You're on the verge of losing everything, so lets over saturate the market that could possibly save us. It's decisions like these that should be used to clear out idiotic management.

You do realise that Microsoft has given Nokia a lot more flexibility when it comes to form factors which mean that you'll see a wide variety than what you see today. Also, remember not all of them are going to be sold in the US, EU or Asia.

nekkidtruth said,
What a surefire way to slit your own throat. You're on the verge of losing everything, so lets over saturate the market that could possibly save us. It's decisions like these that should be used to clear out idiotic management.

Elop is helping to slit Nokia's throat ..

Meego for tablets
Split symbian into two (high end and low end)...
Kill s40 ..

It really isn't that hard..

nevann said,

Agreed. I was about to say something similar.
Why do they need 12 phones?
I've always hated how Nokia has so many phones all the time. Just stick to a small number but focus on them and make them brilliant.

In terms of sales its worked well for them, 8 to 10 million on average per handset over a year .. The problem that nokia has had is that some product managers are bad .. The e55/e52 and e75 all suffered from the same mistakes as they handled by the same group within nokia. That is one of the major hardware issues that nokia has, that if they do one bad device theres a couple of other phones that inherit the same issue.

daPhoenix said,

Different geographical locations have different phone requirements as well as prices - you know how well an iPhone/most of the Android phone last over here? A few months and I can throw them into the nearest waste basket because they're all easily breakable plastic toys.

My old Nokia? Works year after year and I've literally had it smashed between a car door, dropped it several times on the pavement, it has endured rain, snow, sleet and -30 to +30C - however not everyone wants a bulky phone like that with extra protection, they want an ultra slim "Oh so perdy! ^_^ Goes nice with my Gucci DAISUKII! ^_^" -phone that cracks when you look at it, or one that has the latest super highend cpu and you can see air crackle around it as it sucks the battery - and your wallet.

...


+1

I actually dropped my nokia phone from da 1st floor n it still works after years of rough usage...
I like nokia phones coz they're cheap n reliable..