Those of you who thought that Nokia would be charging out of the gates with its first Windows Phone 7 phone circa the autumn Mango release thought wrong. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop all but confirmed this in a statement released today.
The statement, which we first spotted over on Electric Pig, quotes Elop saying “we have increased confidence that we will ship our first Nokia product with Windows Phone in the fourth quarter 2011.”
Fourth quarter aka Q4 translates to ‘winter/run up to Christmas’ in realworldspeak, or late autumn at the very earliest. For Nokia to be gunning for the Christmas tree space with its first WP7 phone shows a lot of confidence.
By then, Mango should be up and running on the last crop of Windows Phone 7 devices, so we’ll know what to expect from the first Nokia WP7 phone in terms of software. What we don’t know is how it’ll look and what specs it’ll boast, besides the minimum required for WP7 devices.
Rumours doing the rounds suggest that the first two Nokia WP7 phones will be of a touchscreen variety and a touchscreen plus slide-out Qwerty pad, like the Symbian^3-running N8 and E7 phones.
There’s still no idea how the other specs will measure up. Nokia phones are typically hard-wearing and come with some of the best cameras out there. So we expect to see something built to last (or at least able to withstand the extreme effects of the Finnish weather) and something with at least an 8-megapixel camera on it, to keep it in line with the recently announce X7 and E6 phones.
Who knows, Nokia could blindside everyone and come out with the first octo-core WP7 phone that could transform into an Xbox 360 controller.
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