Nokia’s line of anticipated Windows Phone handsets will launch towards the end of this year, with the UK and other European countries being amongst the first to get their hands on them.
Earlier this year it was highly publicised that Nokia joined forces with Microsoft, with the Finnish mobile giant agreeing to ditch its Symbian OS for Windows Phone. Cnet UK has reported that with this joint venture, the companies are looking to differentiate themselves from other smartphones. Android and Apple in particular. According to IT Pro Portal the countries that will get Nokia’s Windows Phones first are the UK, Spain, Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands.
As normal there has been no exact release date or pricing revealed as of yet; however Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said a while back that their Windows Phone handsets would come cheaper and more available. A cheaper price than its rivals like the iPhone and Android handsets will be a good selling point, however the quality of features on the phone will have to match that of competitors.
This really has been described as the last chance for Nokia in the smartphone market after they have suffered a torrid time. Microsoft will be looking to improve their WP7 OS which has not done quite as well as they hoped, they are also considering entering the tablet market when their Windows 8 OS launches this year.