Rumour: Nokia Windows Phone devices launching October 26th?

It has been speculated by several news websites that Nokia may be planning to unveil their new set of Windows Phone devices on October 26th. Earlier today the company announced the date of its usual annual world conference which would be a two date event from the 26th to the 27th held in London.

While this isn't confirmed, companies often use conferences such as this to launch products since they guarantee a certain level of publicity; it would not be surprising to see Nokia take hold of this opportunity. According to WPCentral, Nokia have previously shown a history of major announcements about their products at the conference, therefore strengthening the reasoning behind this rumour. We already know that the mobile company is planning to launch their new set of devices in the last few months of this year, therefore adding logic to the speculation. In doing so the company has strategically placed the devices at the forefront of the biggest time of the consumer shopping year, Christmas.

Nokia has a lot of its assets riding on the success of its launch of Windows Phone devices; the company will be trying to ensure that they are publicised as much as possible. If the phone manufacturer cannot make headway then it may mean a very different Nokia in the future and will prove the analysts wrong that predicted that Microsoft's platform will grow beyond iOS by 2015.

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right on my b-day. To bad I will take it in the ass by both AT&T who doesn't have 3g coverage in my area or verizon who just raised their dataplan. Everything else has no service. FML!

So the device will come after the Mango update is made available in September.
I was hoping it to come earlier. It shouldn't be later than iPhone 5. And that means other OEMs will come out with their devices earlier than Nokia.

Everything about it is just great but I still don't like the next button..since below it has a huge gap, for what? I know it's their design, yadayada but still don't like it. They should remove it and make it full screen (more message can be read) we don't need that to show us that you can swipe.

What do you mean "more message can be read"??? Ever held a WP7 device or even watched some video on youtube?

The huge gap is only on the main (tile) screen where you receive no messages at all and notifications wich appear on the top of the screen are full width. If you enter emails, messages or anywhere else there is no huge gap.

I'm liking those concepts. It could use a little work but with their history and this great OS, I'll be waiting til release to pick one up for sure. I'll compare with other devices and go with what's best though.

Good to know Nokia has their 16-year-old girl fanbase covered. Those are some of the fruitiest looking phones I've ever seen. Would it kill them to make at least one professional-looking phone?

bjoswald said,
Good to know Nokia has their 16-year-old girl fanbase covered. Those are some of the fruitiest looking phones I've ever seen. Would it kill them to make at least one professional-looking phone?

white color makes a fruity phone?

dhan said,

white color makes a fruity phone?

It's not just the colors. The whole concept looks like it belongs to a group of silly little girls babbling in Burger King or something. Not my cup of tea at all.

bjoswald said,
Good to know Nokia has their 16-year-old girl fanbase covered. Those are some of the fruitiest looking phones I've ever seen. Would it kill them to make at least one professional-looking phone?

it'll look pretty nice in black

bjoswald said,

It's not just the colors. The whole concept looks like it belongs to a group of silly little girls babbling in Burger King or something. Not my cup of tea at all.


It's good to have different phones for people with different taste no? Better than having a one size fits all mentality. A well designed platform with consistent performance & experience across multiple types of devices for multiple types of people sounds good to me.

That's the trouble with slate phones; they're really hard to differentiate in design without going all crazy. Sometimes they'll strike a chord like the HTC Mozart, other times it ends up looking "fruity" or "blingy". The alternative is an iClone, which seems like a quick way to the courtroom.

It would seem that Research In Motion seems quite consistent in coming up with a professional-looking hardware design, though... but then again they're not afraid of having buttons.

bjoswald said,

It's not just the colors. The whole concept looks like it belongs to a group of silly little girls babbling in Burger King or something. Not my cup of tea at all.

aka the smartphone market.

Those are official Nokia concept images and after seeing the N9, these concepts look childlike. I'm curious to see what Nokia will release in terms of WP7 because right now, I'm torn between this and the new N9 with Meego.

fanel89 said,
Those are official Nokia concept images and after seeing the N9, these concepts look childlike. I'm curious to see what Nokia will release in terms of WP7 because right now, I'm torn between this and the new N9 with Meego.

Go with the N9 if you want a unique experience. If you want a phone with WP7, just go out and buy a Focus. All WP7 phones look pretty similar anyway.

XIII said,

Go with the N9 if you want a unique experience. If you want a phone with WP7, just go out and buy a Focus. All WP7 phones look pretty similar anyway.

MeeGo reminds me of Bada OS.

XIII said,

Go with the N9 if you want a unique experience. If you want a phone with WP7, just go out and buy a Focus. All WP7 phones look pretty similar anyway.

nokia is different

XIII said,

Go with the N9 if you want a unique experience. If you want a phone with WP7, just go out and buy a Focus. All WP7 phones look pretty similar anyway.

My current phone is an ancient N73 and I'd like to stick with Nokia since their hardware is top-notch. The thing I like about the N9/Meego is that you don't have to have a data plan to get a smartphone experience unlike WP7 which you practically neuter the experience of you don't have data. I wouldn't care if the N9 never gets updated (as long as it ships stable and with barely any bugs) and apps? The N9 has the popular bases covered as well.

On the other front, WP will get special treatment from Nokia and I have a guarantee of it being updated with new features. It seems like WP is the spoiled but less intelligent child getting all the attention while the N9/Meego is the gifted but introverted being completely ignored.

fanel89 said,

My current phone is an ancient N73 and I'd like to stick with Nokia since their hardware is top-notch. The thing I like about the N9/Meego is that you don't have to have a data plan to get a smartphone experience unlike WP7 which you practically neuter the experience of you don't have data. I wouldn't care if the N9 never gets updated (as long as it ships stable and with barely any bugs) and apps? The N9 has the popular bases covered as well.

On the other front, WP will get special treatment from Nokia and I have a guarantee of it being updated with new features. It seems like WP is the spoiled but less intelligent child getting all the attention while the N9/Meego is the gifted but introverted being completely ignored.

I used WP7 over a month without a data plan so I dunno what you're going on about. Any smartphone, even MeeGo, won't fully work anywhere without a data plan. How else are you going to browse the net and get updates if you're not on wifi exactly? I don't see how MeeGo does this any different at all.

GP007 said,

I used WP7 over a month without a data plan so I dunno what you're going on about. Any smartphone, even MeeGo, won't fully work anywhere without a data plan. How else are you going to browse the net and get updates if you're not on wifi exactly? I don't see how MeeGo does this any different at all.


I assume you can do updates through the Ovi suite like the current Nokia phones. Also, good luck using Bing Maps on WP without data on the road and last time I checked, WP doesn't sync Outlook contacts/calendars, etc. You need to sync Outlook with Windows Live to the cloud, then sync your WP over the air to Windows Live (requiring data if you're not near wifi)

If those are concept images they're bloody nice, and exactly what well-designed phone looks like. They're probably just fanmade, but still. I can't wait to see great Nokia hardware (which is still amongst the best quality-wise) with the most awesome mobile phone OS: Windows Phone 7(.5)!