Nokia To Use ST-Ericsson Chips For Windows Phone 8 devices

We haven't even reached the launch of Windows Phone 7.5, but information is already coming out about Windows Phone 8. Information is now being reported that Nokia will be using ST-Ericsson chipset U8500, a dual-core SoC that can also be found in the Samsung Infuse 4G and the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G, in its Windows Phone 8 devices. 

The information comes from Forbes who states that this chipset will be used for Nokia's Windows Phone 8 devices. Forbes reports:

Even after the Microsoft deal ST-Ericsson continues to have “very close relations” with Nokia, said Bozotti, and will be “an important supplier” for Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 phones. (The first/current wave of Windows Phone devices is called Windows Phone 7 but the next generation of Windows Phones will be known as Windows Phone 8.)

Other information that surfaced is that Nokia will be producing 12 Windows Phone devices in 2012. Twelve new phones for the Windows Phone platform will help to propel the device deeper into the consumer marketplace. Nokia is known for its durable and reliable devices, pair that with Windows Phone OS and the combination of the two makes it an exciting time to be a consumer. 

While Microsoft is about to unleash WP7.5 (Mango) upon consumers, we already have a small glimpse at what is ahead for the platform. Another takeaway from this is that if Windows Phone 8 will be using this chipset, we can expect the next major update to Windows Phone to happen during 2012 or earlier. 

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"ST-Ericsson chipset U8500, a dual-core SoC that can also be found in the Samsung Infuse 4G and the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G"

Those phones uses Samsung Hummingbird processor.

IIRC ASUS is waiting for Mango before they release their phone which leads me to wonder whether there are others sitting on the side lines right now waiting for Mango before taking the plunge. Hopefully with a top notch tier one partner they can finally get rid of companies like Samsung who have proven time and time again that they're unable to step up to the plate and provide a stable reliable platform for Windows Phone 7 to run on.

As a Mac user I'm really impressed with the level of support Microsoft is giving us Mac users, 'Windows Phone 7 Connector' hooks into iTunes beautifully, synchronises my phone very fast and reliable - the interface is clean and unbloated. Updating the phone is even easier and very fast which has pretty much won me over as a Windows Phone 7 user - hopefully others (especially Mac users) will open their minds to a truly viable alternative to the iPhone and Android.

Mr Nom Nom's said,
IIRC ASUS is waiting for Mango before they release their phone which leads me to wonder whether there are others sitting on the side lines right now waiting for Mango before taking the plunge. Hopefully with a top notch tier one partner they can finally get rid of companies like Samsung who have proven time and time again that they're unable to step up to the plate and provide a stable reliable platform for Windows Phone 7 to run on.

As a Mac user I'm really impressed with the level of support Microsoft is giving us Mac users, 'Windows Phone 7 Connector' hooks into iTunes beautifully, synchronises my phone very fast and reliable - the interface is clean and unbloated. Updating the phone is even easier and very fast which has pretty much won me over as a Windows Phone 7 user - hopefully others (especially Mac users) will open their minds to a truly viable alternative to the iPhone and Android.

I've heard of, but never read about the WP7 Connector for Mac. I just assumed it would be a bit of a fart - something akin to the old IR transfer tools for Windows. Even as a self-confessed Microsoft fanboy, it's nice to hear they're treating you Mac-users to some quality software.

I thought both the Samsung Infuse 4G and the Sidekick 4G use a single core Hummingbird SoC. I don't think a ST-Ericsson SoC is used in any of the major phones.

PG2G said,
I thought both the Samsung Infuse 4G and the Sidekick 4G use a single core Hummingbird SoC. I don't think a ST-Ericsson SoC is used in any of the major phones.

Yes, I don't think there's any device that currently uses this ST-Ericsson SoC.
I only found a development board: http://www.igloocommunity.org/

PG2G said,
I thought both the Samsung Infuse 4G and the Sidekick 4G use a single core Hummingbird SoC. I don't think a ST-Ericsson SoC is used in any of the major phones.

This is correctly. Those phones uses the single-core Samsung Hummingbird.

If this does happen - coupled with the major performance improvements in both the OS and Silverlight runtime, Windows Phone 7 is going to be probably the smoothest and most fluid mobile OS out there. At least for a couple of weeks And I can't think of why they wouldn't, I'd expect these chips to be pretty standard for higher tier by next year.

~Johnny said,
Windows Phone 7 is going to be probably the smoothest and most fluid mobile OS out there. At least for a couple of weeks And I can't think of why they wouldn't, I'd expect these chips to be pretty standard for higher tier by next year.

I think it will be more than a couple of weeks since the only 2 mobile OSes who care about a smooth and fluid UI (iOS and WP7) don't release that quickly.

There might be a new Android phone and new Android point release out every week, but they haven't improved the sluggishness of their UI and don't seem to care about doing so.

geoken said,

There might be a new Android phone and new Android point release out every week, but they haven't improved the sluggishness of their UI and don't seem to care about doing so.

It's a combination of the Java stack, and the fact that Android's task management is complete garbage. Basically, whenever you start an android app it just sits there running in memory. It's pretty much a requirement to have a 'Task Killer' app installed and have the widget on your home screen. (and mash it inbetween running different apps)

Tom said,
I planned on getting a Omnia 7. This has thrown me back into a state of doubt.

Why would you get a Samsung phone after all the fiasco related to updates? are you a sucker for punishment or something?

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Why would you get a Samsung phone after all the fiasco related to updates? are you a sucker for punishment or something?

As they are well aware of the cause, and have pushed out a fix, I'm sure that is now behind them. Regardless, Samsung devices have Super AMOLED screens and are far and away better looking devices, so I can understand someone wanting to go with a Samsung device...

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Why would you get a Samsung phone after all the fiasco related to updates? are you a sucker for punishment or something?

I have an omnia 7, I had to wait a little for updates, it was not a big deal.........and it is known about now, so can be mitigated. This is not a defense of Samsung messing about with different firmwares and causing issues, its just a back to earth message - it wasnt a big deal, life went on and the update pushed out later than the rest.