First Nokia Windows Phone handsets may arrive in Q1 of 2012

First Nokia Windows Phone handsets may arrive in Q1 of 2012
Although the first batch of Nokia Windows Phone devices was expected to arrive by the end of the year, the first quarter of 2012 now seems like a much more plausible release time frame. Word comes from Nokia's Australian branch, which sent out the following statement: “We won’t be releasing a Nokia on Windows Phone until Q1 of next year. Can’t be more specific than that sorry!”

Of course, a Nokia-made smartphone with Windows Phone on board could still possibly debut earlier. It has yet to be clarified whether the mentioned Q1 release time frame is set for the Australian market only or is valid worldwide. On the other hand, if Nokia is intending to launch its first Windows Phone device simultaneously in all markets, those of you who are eagerly waiting to get their hands on one might have to settle down for a few more months.

The Nokia Sea Ray, which is just a code name, by the way, is expected to be Nokia's first smartphone to run Windows Phone, and one could have possibly been in the hands of Joe Marini from Microsoft. If his words are to be believed, the handset that he tried out left a good impression with its slick looks, nice camera and superior build quality. Whether it will be worth the wait, however, is something that only time will tell. 

source: wp7r via wpcentral

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1. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

How stupid can nokia (elop) be ???!!! They (elop) announced symbian dead 11/2 and WP7 was the way to go. Then it takes 1 year before they can get out their first WP7, and no one is buying their symbian phones anymore, because of their (elops) announcement of killing symbian. That = massive loss in profit.

2. alpinejason

Posts: 262; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

well hopefully its because they want the product as perfect as possible and they got one chance to make a good impression on lets hope it translates to a better product to the end user.

7. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

That's because Elop initially planned to destroy Nokia and make it a slave to Microsoft and sell off its smartphone business to Microsoft. 1. Step number one is to bad-mouth Symbian (via that stupid "Burning Platform" memo) and sure enough, Symbian Nokia smartphones took a nose dive in sales and got Nokia struggling deep in the red. 2. Step number two is to find all reasons possible to make internal high-level employees at Nokia to believe that MeeGo is not a viable option for Nokia. Note however that a Nokia engineer working for MeeGo disagreed to EFlop's faulty reasoning on why MeeGo is not a viable option for Nokia and it starts to get a little too fishy now: Once done, he now has the power to say, "Let's choose Windows Phone!". You know why? Because ELOP IS NOT ACTING TOWARDS NOKIA'S BEST INTEREST! It is a gift for Microsoft to eliminate MeeGo and bad-mouth Symbian to favor Windows! Look at this tweet from Elop after he announced Nokia's Windows Phone strategy and you will understand that he is undoubtedly a Microsoft Trojan Horse trying to destroy Nokia:!/selop/status/35967988741971968 And finally, Microsoft (the EVIL EMPIRE) is currently doing an industry-wide hijack on companies developing an OS based on Linux since they are against Linux since day one. Nokia (with their MeeGo) and HP (with their WebOS) are just victims of Microsoft entryism. See this sites: Yes, it is all Microsoft's evil deeds. WARNING!

8. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

But thanks to Google's buyout of Motorola Mobility, Microsoft decided not to buy Nokia since they want the same business model that they have with the personal computer OS business wherein Windows OS are licensed to OEM's and they want the same thing with WP7.

12. captn3x

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

Are you that guy camped outside of area 51 looking for UFOs?lol

20. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011


14. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

All of those links, which I will read, seem to be from the same site. So far, I have seen nothing to this except people who love to hate, and those who loved Symbian. When Nokia hired Elop, they knew full well where he came from and what he believed. That was THEIR decision. They had more than one choice. They could have gone in a different direction. Nokia WANTED to be more streamlined, and they wanted to make more profit. A smaller ecosystem will do that. Microsoft was desperate for a greater worldwide foothold. Nokia provided that. They gave each other what the other needed. I am betting 5 years from now, we still have 2 companies that complimate each other.

19. rex1213

Posts: 77; Member since: Jul 29, 2011

Jorma Olilla originally wanted Anssi Vanjoki to be Nokia's next CEO in replacement to Olli Pekka Kallasvuo. However, a group of American investors threatened to sack Jorma Olilla if he didn't pick Elop as CEO. Furthermore, the very same group of investors were the ones who pushed the WP7-based strategy. Coincidence? A big NO.

25. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

Actually, it appears that it's in Microsoft's self interest to fully support Symbian! A robust platform that compliments Windows Phone by bringing mobile customers over to Office, Bing, and other complimentary location based services. Clearly this is a plus for the MS ecosystem as its leveraging a huge install base; even though WP market share remains relatively small at this juncture. I suspect this is why loyal Symbian^3 fans will be receiving a slew of Office apps for free. Like runners in a relay race, MS wants this OS transition to be smooth and at maximum speed. Knowing Symbian has a shelf-life makes the commitment that much more plausible.

23. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

First, the title of this article is intentionally misleading. Nokia's CEO just restated that WP plans are on track and it will launch its first "Mango" phones this October in key markets (mostly in Europe), with high volume global scale out within 1Q2012. As for the "burning platform" memo, I am not a fan at all of this internal communication style. Mostly becasue it was in fact misinterpreted and used against Nokia quite effectively. Symbian certainly has a shelf-life post FEB2011, but the company's strategy clearly reveals that Symbian has become a strategic bridge. A necessary bridge to ensure loyal customers are retained within the next generation ecosystem. Symbian devices will continue to be released until such time that WP can take over price points not covered by s40. At that point, it will go into maintenance mode. In any event, the on-going investments in Symbian (Anna, Belle, Belle successor, Windows Office, etc.) clearly reveal the importance Nokia is placing on this ubiquitous operating system when it comes to retaining its massive install base going forward.

3. JayRaj

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 31, 2010

Peter's one of those few comments which didnt contain the word "bada" in it! XD

4. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 2011

What's taking them so long to release a damn phone? I really hope that this "Nokia WP7" device is not like any other handset out there because if not, then they just took a fool out of themselves believing in this "partnership".

5. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

You know, from what i have hear the first WP7 from nokia will only have 1 ghz snapdragon and 3.7 inch screen = fail !!! Nokia really has been stupid.

13. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

Your wave 1 and 2 doesn't have big screens in it, but you love it. The same way there will be many people including me will love this. And you can't even love or hate a product without using or watched someone using. So stop praising your bada and stop hating others.

16. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

there will likely be poeple wanting a phone with a 3.7 inch screen. I don't really like hug 4.5 inch screens, for me 4 inch is perfect. But Nokia doesn't seem to put any high end specifications in their new WP7.

21. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

um they haven't even released any peter so stop reading a book without it being published... yes I agree nokia is taking bait long, but they have to recreate their entire company mainframe to support wp7.. not just a few phones.. also, nokia was on a down spiral long before elop.. and if not for elop, they wud still be using the dying symbian..

22. Nok unregistered

Thats cause WP7 doesn't need highend specs to run smoothly and it also saves battery life.

24. Stoli89

Posts: 333; Member since: Jun 28, 2010

I'm of the opinion this WP7-mango / "Sea Ray" phone will be positioned in the below premium segment. As for a high end super smartphone, I suspect this will come at the end of 1Q2012 and be competitive spec wise while also supplanting N8 as the premier camera phone. Of course, Nokia has stated its intention to differentiate in both hardware and software, so a button-less (N9 like) Harmattan skin would also not surprise. We shall see.

6. KJ unregistered

This is because Australia is not a launch market for Windows Phone models, instead the N9 is being launched in Q4 2011.

9. Mobile-X-Pert

Posts: 565; Member since: Dec 20, 2010

Now I'm very disappointed.

10. ryq unregistered

more time for samsung and htc to prepare. nokia, loooooooosing!

11. captn3x

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

Nokia has officially driven a nail in there own coffin. There only hope was to be first to market with an amazing Windows phone. Now they are going to get lost amongst the clutter of the others. This is the reason they didn't go with Android, too much competition by too many good phones. It was a nice run Nokia, I was so looking forward to what you had to offer.

15. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Allow me to argue the other side of the thought: What if they release the Sea-ray world wide in November or so, and it is not a ready for prime time player? How many would jump all over it saying "SEE!! SEE!! THEY ARE NO GOOD!!" Now, they wait until they are comfortable with their product, which at this point is not really that much longer of a wait. They SHOULD have been more active in getting one to market at the launch of W7 Mango, I totally agree. But they didn't. So might as well wait until you are comfortable. If the HTC and Samsung offerings world wide and the more regional offerings in Japan are well recieved and sell well, I think the Nokia's create more excitment, not less. NOONE says "Crap. This high end Android should have been released before the OTHER high end Android. Now it won't sell." W7 Mango is the same idea. If the OS is succesful, Nokia will be well recieved. Yes, it is a gamble. But the whole THING is a gamble. Remember what the old shampoo comercial tag-line was? You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

17. Loubie unregistered

Mr Elop stepped in at Nokia an we have seen no improvement in Nokia at All,we have had this same situation at Nokia they Promise things an never forefill the promise on time an everytime things keep getting Delayed at Nokia,an they wonder why people keep leaving Nokia, because your company is not Trustworthy at All,we waited for the N8 for 8 months an the Anna update was promised ages ago but its only just been released.Please Grow Up Nokia an be more Trustworthy

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Nokia must be dumb to release Windows 7 2012. When they could of release it for the holidays to earn some real money. And why keep making new SYMBIAN phones when they release it? Looks like they should of gone bankrupt long ago before they sold themselves to M$

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