We now have details that the ST-Ericsson dual-core processor will power some of Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 2012 lineup. We are not certain how many from the new range will be powered by the chip, but we know at least one will. This is considered to be a major change for WP phones, as they currently use Qualcomm chips.
Microsoft has been working more closely with phone manufactures compared to Google, as they want their handsets to be more uniform. This is said to make it much easier, as consumers often get confused with the array of choice that is offered on Android handsets. Dell, HTC, LG and Samsung have all been asked to supple the same chips, display size and even the amount of megapixels available on the camera.
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Forbes recently learned that an analyst had been speaking to STMicroelectronics that ST-Ericsson will be a chip supplier for the new range of Nokia Windows Phones in 2012; we expect the other to still be Qualcomm. Both Nokia and ST-NXP Wireless worked closely together in the past, before they were renamed to ST-Ericsson.
The first Nokia Windows Phone 8 will be called the U8500, and we already know that it will come with a dual-core processor; although we do not know what speed it will be.
There were hopes to see at least one Nokia Windows Phone in 2011, but that is not very unlikely. Our best guess is that they will make a showing during CES 2012, and will hit the market one to two months later. We just hope that they prove more popular than the current crop of WP7 handsets, as sales have been less than what Microsoft hoped for.
Do you think that 2012 will be better for Microsoft Windows Phone with Nokia working close with them?