First Nokia WP handset may launch in Q4 of this year, the company working very hard on a tablet

First Nokia WP handset may launch in Q4 of this year, the company working very hard on a tablet
It's not easy to be Stephen Elop these days, though the cynics among you may point out the nice little compensations he has been receiving since becoming Nokia's CEO (these compensations are set to continue until October 2011) and claim that, ahem, it's not that hard to be Stephen Elop in these days of Nokia turmoil after all.

Either way, the man has dropped some nice hints about Nokia's short-term future, saying that we may see the first Nokia phone powered by its principal OS - Windows Phone - in Q4 of 2011. As for the tablet business and Nokia's place in it, he noted that the company is working very hard "on something that would be differentiating", emphasizing that the Finnish manufacturer doesn't want its tablet to be the 201 tablet out there.

To put things into context, here are the exact words of Nokia's CEO uttered during an interview for A-Plus, a Finnish show:

"There are now over 200 tablets in the marketplace and only one of them is doing really well."

He also said that Nokia has decided to release its future devices very shortly after their announcement:

"Our pattern now is to announce launch dates of products very close to availability. In the past, there have been longer lead times and that hasn't always worked out. It is possible [that we'll] see the first new phone in the last quarter of this year."

Although the first WP Nokia phone may launch in late 2011, it will be in 2012 when we will see Nokia devices powered by WP "shipping in volume".

As can be expected, Elop spent a part of the interview explaining Nokia's decision to outsource or sack some of its employees. All you have to do to watch it is to hit the source link below.

source: YLE via WMPoweruser and MobileCrunch

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8 Comments

1. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Get as many Nokia employees working on the WP handsets as possible to get them out the door as soon as possible! Do not make us wait!

2. ATTCallCenter unregistered

A company with the recognition of Nokia needs to do kinda what they are saying in this article, just quicker. The supposed release date close to when they announce it coming out. Do you know what a shocker it would be if they just dropped 3 phones with an announcement today. The brand name Nokia is infamous in the brain of those 50+, all they want is that Nokia they have when it was a brick. Don't talk about how you want release dates to be closer to when you announce and give me this Q4 shit, stay quiet or release it already

3. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I disagree. Do it right- research, test, take your time. Wait until 2012 if you need to. Do not release a crap or sub-standard phone. Make your first Windows devices good enough that even your worst critics can't complain. That old adage about only having one chance to make a good first impression comes to mind.

4. 3-Destroyer

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 26, 2011

i doubt the spec and the performance of the first nokia wp can impress us or not. Im not against nokia or sth but hardly trust it now since its the first wp device and other touch screen device like samsung, lg and htc do their jobs really more impressive. I think maybe second or third nokia wp will put on a better show for us against android armies (samsung, lg and htc) and the biggest rival iphone 5. Sorry for my mistakes. Glad to share ideas with every one.

5. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I hope that they make Nokia N8 type Windows phone 7 with that 12 mega pix camera and a 4 inch amoled screen wow that would be an awesome windows phone 7 indeed

6. Eric unregistered

I have always been a Symbian fan, but I hope the WP/Nokia combination is a winner. I do have a question, though.. If they (Nokia) had all of those thousands of developers working full-time on Symbian, why did they produce so few apps and tools? Odd.. I must be missing something..

7. ryq unregistered

the layoff just help android gain several new customers.

8. Amrit unregistered

What i dont understand is.. What enemity does Stephen has with Meego???

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