New models may finally bring Windows Phone 7 on budget devices.
Nokia are apparently looking to release twelve Windows Phone 7 devices next year, including cheaper models that may finally bring Microsoft’s mobile OS to the budget conscious user.
The news comes via a report from Mobile-Review, who, in their ‘Spillikins’ section, has revealed, in detail, Nokia’s first plan of action with their partnership with Microsoft. For easy consumption, we have listed it in points below:
- The article describes four prototypes, all starting with a naming system of W-xx, where the ‘W’ stands for Windows Phone, and ‘xx’ the number assigned to them during their development.
- All of the phones will feature similar chassis, with the only real difference being in their externals. Apparently, all of the models will feature the same internal processor and other parts.
- A new chassis will be planned later, allowing usage of different processors and alternative phone designs.
- The first prototype, that the article’s writer used, was based on Nokia X7, and featured a WVGA screen and QSD8250 chipset. The screen was not AMOLED but rather the one found in HTC Mozart. It also had an 8MP camera with flash and auto-focus.
- The second prototype outlined was a QWERTY-based candybar similar to Nokia E72. According to the writer, the phone will be targeted towards business users, due to the existence of a corporate subscription system.
- The third prototype was said to be a Nokia N8 but with the Windows Phone 7 running on it. However, the design will altered so as to not resemble any other N8 handset in the market. The device features a 12MP camera, and will be one of its prominent marketing bullet-point. This model will be the most powerful Windows Phone-based device from Nokia, and may also feature a dual-core CPU and Adreno 320 GPU.
- The report also hints at cheap touchscreen devices that will be made from cheaper materials to reduce production cost. The camera is likely to be a fixed focus one, again to reduce design and manufacturing cost.
Finally, the report also suggested that Nokia may perform massive lay-offs once Symbian ceases to be the company’s main focus, which the article says will be by the end of the year.