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Nokia may take 2 million Windows Phones in September

updated 09:50 am EDT, Fri August 12, 2011

Nokia makes large WP7 phone order from Compal

Taiwan-area media claimed Friday that Nokia would start taking its first Windows Phone 7 devices in September. Local contractor and regular Nokia supplier Compal would be shipping a full two million of the smartphones for the fall. Local investment firm worker and former tech journalist Dan Nystedt, in getting the information, didn't narrow down an exact ship date.

Only one phone has been identified as coming so far and is likely to be a finished version of the Sea Ray prototype. If so, it's likely to be a slight variant on the N9 with the same 3.9-inch AMOLED screen and a Snapdragon processor, just with hardware Windows Phone navigation buttons. Similarity would give it an eight-megapixel camera and 16GB or more of storage; the N9 has up to 64GB.

Two million units would be very modest for Nokia, although the company has readily admitted that truly large-scale production would only start in early 2012. Its transition away from Symbian is due to run as late as 2013 and won't see it drop the platform entirely once WP7 is on the market.

The tally, while small, could still be vital for Microsoft. Gartner understands that Microsoft's combined partners sold just 1.7 million Windows Phone devices in spring and would more than double its share if Nokia saw strong early demand. Although Nokia has officially signed on because it wanted a modern smartphone platform, Microsoft's eagerness to buy market share may have played a role by giving Nokia billions in direct payments and marketing help. [via Unwired View]



By Electronista Staff
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  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001

    +2

    Follow-up headlines

    Today it's "Nokia may take 2 million Windows Phones", soon it will be "Nokia ships 2 million Windows Phones". But I doubt we'll ever see the headline "Nokia sells 2 million Windows Phones".

  1. Foe Hammer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Feb 2005

    +4

    It's like ...

    ... two million deck chairs being moved from the port side to the starboard side of the Titanic.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2004

    -1

    Nokia Nokia

    Nokia was just on the verge of righting their ship - MeeGo, as it turns out, was as slick as could be - and as Samsung has proven with Bada OS - the market will accept a really slick OS. Samsung not only is charging ahead with Android - Bada OS outsells Windows Phone 7!!

    Nokia - that could have been you.

    Still I'm feeling generous today, so I predict Nokia will sell over half of these 2 million devices.

    woo hoo, yipee for Nokia - who cares.

  1. lamewing

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2004

    +2

    Mee Go and Windows Phone OS

    I have used Vanilla Android, iOS 2 - 4 (and soon 5), and Windows Phone OS. My day-to-day phone is and iOS phone due to the specific apps that I use, plus I am tethered (will AT&T charge me for tethering) to iTunes thanks to iTunes Japan still using DRM. I didn't care for Android...it felt like someone put it together in their garage. Windows Phone OS is rather slick. I like the OS, but it doesn't have the apps I use daily. Mee Go really looked like a nice OS for those who like a niche OS. Too bad they are not releasing it in the US and UK.

    The problem with Android and Windows Phone OS (IMHO) has more to do with the lack of synergy between the software and hardware...something Apple is famous for. While I might like the other OSes, I am turned off by the plethora of mediocre devices running them. Yes, there are some nice non-iOS handsets, but non has a reliability level of the iPhone.

    I think people here are wrong to criticize Windows Phone OS because I doubt 2% of the readers have used one for more than a couple of minutes.

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