First details about Nokia's WP7 handsets leak out: Qualcomm chips, AF cameras

First details about Nokia's WP7 handsets leak out: Qualcomm chips, AF cameras

Nokia's decision to adopt Windows Phone 7 as its main platform shook the cell phone world two months ago. Newly appointed CEO Stephen Elop promised to change the company fast and now we have the opportunity to get an inside peek at what's going on in Finland. Russian tech analyst Eldar Murtazin got a hold of the first and only Nokia WP7 prototype and unveiled a number of interesting details about the future development of the company.

First of all is the fact that the Finns have to use a Qualcomm chipset which is reportedly Microsoft's requirement. Good as it sounds, this puts Espoo in a rather delicate situation as Nokia has been in legal battles with the chip maker for a long time. Despite Stephen Elop's efforts to have the devices ready for the holiday shopping season around Christmas, the first Nokia WP7 phones will most likely hit shelves at the end of January/early February of 2012. Here's what's in store for us:

  • Murtazin got a hold of a prototype of what's to be the very first Nokia WP7 handset, dubbed the Nokia W7 by the analyst. A Nokia X7 lookalike with a WVGA screen, it uses a QSD8250 chipset, one of the first released by Qualcomm. Nokia will probably switch to a newer one for the final model, but going with the QSD8250 which was already widely available allowed it to quickly put together a working device demonstrating WP7 on a handset. The camera on the prototype is an 8-megapixel one, with flash and... auto-focus. Auto-focus will be also one of the differentiating features separating most recent Symbian from higher-end WP7 handsets.

  • Nokia W8 – Nokia is already hard at work on a successor to its Nokia N8, which the company considers unmatched in terms of camera performance. The quality of its 12-megapixel sensor might have some rivals in the Android world, but it will be a very strong selling point in the Windows Phone world. Design-wise, it's to be rehauled completely. This high-end device aims to be the most powerful WP7 phone in existence when it hits the market. Currently, a powerful Qualcomm dual-core chip with Adreno 320 graphics is in the plans, but since Nokia's relationship with Qualcomm is not well established, there is some uncertainty about the hardware.

  • Portrait QWERTY candy bar phone – designed to mimic Nokia's successful E series and with the thought that its popularity could be easily transferred to Windows Phone in the same old familiar form-factor. The Finns are actively developing a business-oriented subscription service, which is to be the handset's unique selling point, but details were scarce. Release date hovers around March/April 2012, while the price is to be competitive at nearly $500 (350 euro).

  • Affordable touchscreen device – similar to Nokia W7, but made using cheaper materials and carrying a significantly lower price tag. The price cut will also come from the choice of a basic camera model, probably a full focus one. The phone should come out early, probably in the beginning of 2012.

Except for the aforementioned four phones, Nokia is planning to release 12 WP7 devices later next year, but differentiation would be a tough call as currently it's only a better camera that the company can offer. The Finns are still looking at Android as an option, while Symbian^3 is nearing the end of its life cycle. Just as we supposed, the Finns don't have any new Symbian^3 designs, but we'll rather see remakes of existing models. Symbian will undergo three major updates until it's phased out by WP7: July for Symbian PR2.0, already announced as Symbian Anna, fall for PR 2.5 and mid-2012 for PR 3.0. A small disclaimer at the end of Murtazin's post says that the information is unofficial and things are surely to change, but we already know that, don't we? We can't do much but wait now, but in the meantime why don't you share your thoughts on Nokia's upcoming lineup in the comments below?

source: Eldar Murtazin (translated)

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1. rvie unregistered

if what eldar say true,and with WP update recently by microsoft, 2012 nokia will make a come back in smartphone battle ~

2. herr doctor unregistered

The Finns, the finns, the finns.... And Murtazin didn't say anything negative about those prototypes? That was not Murtazin - at least not in his normal state of mind. P.S. AF and Qualcomm chips aren't nearly enough to bring Nokia back to the top of the smartphone heap. I'm very sceptical right now.

3. maqsood unregistered

I would hope that Nokia will adopt Android as an operating system and not just W7! I like Nokia phones but at the same time I like Android too! Hence thats why I have the Motorola Milestone 2 and not a Nokia!

13. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

nope no chance. Nokia understands that they can make a killing on wp7, and they dont wanna waste time developing android

4. TheZuneLune unregistered

So, I will be the one to ask, "Are those front-facing cameras or proximity sensors?"

5. justAnokia+windowsFAN unregistered

i'm really waiting for Nokia's Windows8 Based tablets supporting a wide variety of features including intel's i7 quadcore processor which I heard that it can support 3+ghz and Invidia's graphic performance (they're the best), Also I hope Nokia would also release Meego based smartphones or tablets real soon....

7. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Oh yes nokia show the world what you can really do!

8. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

If Nokia goes Android, and comes up with a better spec'd E7 type device with an autofocus camera of 8MP or higher, and microSD expansion, I'm in. Otherwise, I'm done with Nokia since WP is not the kind of OS I'm looking for.

9. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

A portrait QWERTY candy bar is going to be interesting considering that WP was not designed at all to be used in landscape, save for the browser (which needs work in landscape) and writing an email and text message. So unless they make the entire UI work in both portrait and landscape, we have to suspect that it's going to be designed like the Droid Pro.

10. derp unregistered

they are going to have to deal with landscape mode already with the htc arrive

11. jagan unregistered

Nokia should tie up with android. Else they will be outdated in near future, because i don't see people using windows phone everywhere. Everyone prefers to be android these days

12. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

but android is Unstable and IOS is overrated. Windows & is just in the middle :)

14. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well obviously they wont use ios...

15. philbrick unregistered

i just hope nokia stay away from android

16. boronks unregistered

noki....after a very long..tym....vil get d place of vil surely .....compete...d smartphone world

17. Exorsus unregistered

Why even bother! Microsoft means something when it comes to software - you just cant beat capitalism and years of expertise. This might be some kind of assurance that we will have software part of phone supported and maintained. Nokia is great phone maker and i like their decission about not using some proprietary open source operating system for their phones but rather have some control over their software or in this case some solid company like microsoft.And hey come on! If you are developing application for windows or better for Silverlight Web then you can use the very same tool for Windows Phone 7 so its great for developers too.... Good Luck! and i am waiting for WP7 Nokia to give you my hard earned money!!! :-)

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