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Second gen Windows Phone devices coming this Christmas

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Second gen Windows Phone devices coming this Christmas
According to Microsoft head man Steve Ballmer, we can all expect to see the second generation of Windows Phone devices coming out around Christmas this year.

Ballmer was seen speaking at the Microsoft sponsored Imagine Cup. During his opening speech this is what he had to say about Windows Phone:

“Windows Phone. You know, a year ago we didn’t have a phone in the market. Now, we’re charging forward with Nokia. We have the second generation of our phones coming out this Christmas, and people are starting to do things they had never imagined before. I love the applications that I saw for the Windows Phone from the people in this room, and the way you’re pushing that device, and using that device. It was really exciting for me.”

It shouldn’t be any surprise that Ballmer is happy with the way things have gone so far given the moderate success they have seen despite the operating system’s infancy and its strong competition.

Christmas should be an exciting time this year for Windows Phone enthusiasts especially if that is the time frame we will start seeing what type of hardware Nokia will bring to the table. Tell us what you think in the comments below.  

source: Neowin.net via WMPoweruser

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posted on 10 Jul 2011, 10:54 3

1. Galen20K (Posts: 512; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


Nokia Hardware please. I'm not saying it will be the best but I'd love to see what ideas they have on the drawing board.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 11:11 2

2. Kainy (unregistered)


You are not saying that Nokia hardware is the best ... but you must say it :D

P.S. Don't think we will see any dual core phones this year =\

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 11:24 3

3. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I've never had a Nokia phone, but I have heard good things. And its funny you mention dual core, because WP7 runs smoother than a dual-core Android, and that is even at 1gz!

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 13:19 2

6. Jay-C (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Jul 2011)


There's currently no need for dual cores on Windows Phone 7, really. It runs smoother than any other mobile OS out there, with a respectable 1ghz processor. If we can get 1080p video recording, HDMI out, and even faster web browsing, then "YES", bring on the dual cores...and BIGGER batteries.

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 03:17 1

15. Kainy (unregistered)


That's what I mean ;) If we have dual cores we will compete with the others ... I'm sorry but 720p/24fps of my Omnia isn't enough. And I'm not talking about the OS smoothness it is ... well smoother than iOS and Android of course ... :)

I love my WP7 but I would like the OEMs to make better and faster phones so Windows Phone will become unstoppable! :)

posted on 12 Jul 2011, 07:54

21. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


That is very true. Smoother recording would be nice. ;)

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 11:28 1

4. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I honestly don't even care who makes the phones, I just want more variety on Sprint. I don't want a phone with a keyboard. Especially a screen that is only 3.6". CDMA always gets screwed over with this I swear.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 20:14

9. captn3x (unregistered)


I'll trade you. One Trophy for one Arrive.....

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 21:53

13. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Only if I can keep my unlimited data plan!!! ;)

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 11:30 1

5. ryq (unregistered)


to see is to believe.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 14:16 2

7. Leyjee (Posts: 47; Member since: 25 Feb 2011)


will this Nokia WP7 be worth dumping my iphone? I love my samsung focus so I hope this will be even better.

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 12:22

20. box (unregistered)


Absolutely. Better cameras, better screens, better components, better everything compared to the Focus...

...which automatically means it's superior in every conceivable way to an iphone.

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 16:29

8. jeff (unregistered)


Does this Christmas release include the US? Or, just the phone markets listed by Nokia several weeks ago?

posted on 10 Jul 2011, 21:03 1

10. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 849; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


How about a 4G Nokia WP7.5 phone?

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 01:45 1

14. Seylan (unregistered)


Some people are saying that Windows Phone 7 doesn't need Dual core power(which is true in some cases), but a lot of people want a phone that is future proof.
I hate it when you buy something new, and then a few months later, something better comes out.
If Nokia doesn't release a dual core phone, then fine, BUT it has to have the latest generation single core with the latest generation GPU.
And I hope they have LTE phones for the US market. Windows Phone 7 is going to need the best features(I'm talking High-res screens, the best camera's,....etc...) if they going to dominate. A headline- grabber superphone from Nokia would do the trick.

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 03:39 2

16. snowgator (Posts: 3205; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


W7 needs LTE to be competitive, no doubt. But I think we are losing track what "future proof" actually means in relation to processors. If I buy a premium device for two years, I want to know I have a chance for both any updates to the OS and any fixes to spotty performance of my handset. If you are grabbing a high end Droid, you need a dual core processor. The next Droid update, Ice Cream Sandwich, will indeed be designed to take full advantage of the Dual core. If you grab an Infuse or a T-Bolt, you may get an update, or you may not. The single Core on those phones will certainly not be able to take full advantage of the next upgrade, even if they get them. Now, those are both excellent phones and 4G capable, but I would not label them future proof.



Blackberry devices that will come out soon (bold touch, torch 2, ect) are in the same boat. The 1.2 G processor is promising, but the next set of RIM releases will be QNX driven based on the Playbook, and will need dual core. Right out of the gate, the 2011 BB's are not future proof. And they are not even RELEASED yet!!



W7 is different. If you have a W7 device, Microsoft has already said you will absolutely receive the Mango update. Any and all of them. Mango is being tailored to single core, and is going to be delivered to all 1st gen and 2nd gen handsets. By virtue of that engineering, the W7 devices are future proof.



Now, no device is completely future proof, and I find it unlikely the W7 powered handset won't be dual core by mid to late 2012. But, if you bought a W7 device in 2010, you would have received at least 2 upgrades (nodo and Mango) in a two year contract. If you buy now, you will get at least one. That is really all you can hope for.

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 03:53 1

17. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 748; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


Keep Charging forward. I am happy that Windows is not all over the place. They released a first set of decent phones, and followed through with software updates (delayed a bit, but better than not).

Now they are coming with a second wave! Better than WinMo, messy, with phones coming out at awkward times (cough, cough, current day Android).

You get a little sense of Android variety, with iOS type focus on product and software... WP7 is truly an in between platform, taking good bits from both competitors!

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 11:51

18. Som Varman (unregistered)


If the nokia wants to increase their share it should give better hardware than comptetors.

posted on 11 Jul 2011, 11:55

19. Som Varman (unregistered)


If the nokia wants to increase their share it should give better hardware than comptetors.

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