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.