Nokia Windows Phones will be out in Q4, says Stephen Elop, a gradual roll-out is in store

Nokia Windows Phones will be out in Q4, says Stephen Elop, a gradual roll-out is in store
CEO Stephen Elop has given an interview for a big Chinese social network, in which he mentioned that Nokia Windows Phones are coming in Q4, and will be sequentially appearing in a country after country, based on the best probabilities of success in those markets.

Nokia still looms large in China and Stephen Elop is there negotiating with carriers about the best time to bring its WP devices to their portfolios. This interview straight from the horse's mouth debunks the rumor that we will have to wait until 2012 to see a Nokia Windows Phone hit the market.

It looks like the original 2011 strategy of a few countries and two or three handset models maximum, none of them ultra high-end, is still in place, so hopefully the handsets will be announced at Nokia World the end of October, in time for the busy holiday shopping season.

Nokia's CEO also reiterated all his stances, that the board went with WP because it gives the company unique advantages to stand out in the mobile crowd, and said the phones will be very distinct in terms of both hardware, and software, with unique navigational and entertainment capabilities. 

Does this mean we will see Nokia Maps integrated not in the 2012, but in the first batch of Nokia Windows Phones? We can only speculate, but free offline navigation with traffic updates in most major countries would be a great differentiating point to start with. We doubt the merge with Bing Maps will be ready by launch time, so Nokia Maps might be provided as a separate app of sorts. Anyway, it's a month and a half until Nokia World, so some more info might leak beforehand.

via WMPU


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15 Comments

1. ken unregistered

Nokia, better be quick to unleash Wp and Meego N9... I still believe Nokia can make good phones (not phone OS)... Its kinda disappointing that Nokia chosen WP instead of Android, why not both ?

4. picka_ti_mater unregistered

Why not just MeeGo and Symbian Belle???

2. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Elop chutiya saala!! He has sold himself and delaying NOKIA products and selling off MeeGo and not making better phones just to sink a brand like NOKIA which used to Rule the world...

3. Leyjee

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 25, 2011

they better do it right. Hoping to buy one :p

5. picka_ti_mater unregistered

I suggest buying an HD2 and dual booting Android and WP7. Buy a N9 from Nokia and show them their MS alliance is crap.

6. Gracious Banda unregistered

Nokia, can't you for now just have the Windows7 software get embedded onto E7 or C7. I like these models!! Good effort though-your free voice guided Navig inspires many!

12. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Seriously, I travel a lot and HATE MY ANDROID XPERIA NEO for this MAPS. My NOKIA N79 was MUCH LIKE A ALIVE NAVIGATOR NEXT TO ME.!!

7. Hurry! unregistered

cant stand my aging ip4. so bored with it...

8. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

I'll buy one

9. nokia is bitch unregistered

NOKIA IS f**kING BITCH THEY SHOULD HAVE USED ANDROID RATHER THAN WP7 ELOP IS THE THE MOST f**kER MAN IN THE WORLD RATHER THAN PROMOTING MEEGO OR SYMBIAN BELLE HE WENT FOR A WP7 ALSO HE IS A EXMICROSOFT EMPLOYEE BITCH f**k YOU ELOP

15. nwright94 unregistered

And i thought Apple fanboys were bad. Theres as much of a cult following for Android as there is for Apple. WP7 is great and it honestly runs smoother than android. There may not be as many features/customization abilities, but it does what it does have just as good or better than android. Not everyone wants to be stuck with an android, I honestly don't like it but i respect that people do. Also, try using a few more lower case letters. You look like you have internet tourettes. =)

10. huhu unregistered

good job elop, only small company follow trend using android. a big company should make it own trend, promoting meego? a lot of nokia cash burned to nothing for meego development, nokia is dying if their choose meego it mean 2 or 3 years more to make it ready, btw they probably wont last that long. so choosing wp7 is SMART and GENIUS and that what a real CEO do, stupid CEO probably will choose android with eyes close, but real CEO will see the challenges on wp7 and the future a head. symbian belle will die too, putting a new fresh UI dont mean it will boost the OS functionality, and dont forget symbian is outsource right now, so what nokia did in the past? sleeping?

14. jthiagesan

Posts: 104; Member since: Apr 20, 2011

You're right, as someone said everyone will know the difference between a real baby and toy.

11. MeNokia unregistered

Cant wait for it, its on my wishlist :))

13. ELOPISBITCH unregistered

AT THIS BURNING STATE WHO GURANTEES SUCESS WITH WP7. THATS A BRILLIANT MOVE I DO AGREE BUT THEY SHOULD ALSO PRODUCE SOME ANDROID PHONES LIKE SAMSUNG DID ,SAMSUNG IS PLAYING A SMART MOVE BY CHOOSING ANDROID.WP7 AND BADA BUT WHY THE f**k NOKIA DO NOT CHOOSE ANDROID WHY WHY?????? BECAUSE ELOP IS A MOTHER f**kING BITCH HE IS UNDER THE CONTROL OF MS ALL THE TIMR LICKING THE ASS OF MS BLOODY ELOP AND U YOU (HUHU) TELLING TO ME THAT only small company follow trend using android YOU CAN SEE THE CURRENT MARKET SPECS THAT SAMSUNG IS TOP IN MARKET JUST BECAUSE OF ANDROID I THINK THAT THE NOKIA WILL CONTINUE THE PRODUCTION OF f**kING SYMBIAN DEVICES AND THE COMPANY WILL BE BURNED AND FINALLY AS THE ELOP HAS PLANNED IT WILL BE BROUGHT BY MS

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