Nokia confirms Windows Phone 7 handsets ‘in the works’

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Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop, has confirmed that Windows Phone 7-powered Nokia handsets are already in the works.

Elop told Reuters that Nokia has already begun developing a Windows Phone 7-powered Nokia handset.

Here’s the official line:

“We’re right now, today, having people work on the first Windows Phone devices,” Said Elop.

At present word on the street is that punters wishing to get their hands on Nokia’s first Windows Phone 7 handset will have to wait until 2012.

Having said that, Elop has been waxing lyrical about getting a Windows Phone 7-powered handset to market before the close of 2011.

Whether this will actually happen remains to be seen, but Elop is clearly pushing hard for a Microsoft-powered Nokia handset.

The much talked about Nokia/Microsoft deal is due to be finalised within the next few months.

Another golden nugget of information provided by Australian Smarthouse.com.au is that Nokia will launch its second generation of Windows Phone 7 devices at Mobile World Congress 2012, along with a whole bundle of new features, exclusive to Nokia.

Nokia’s own version of the OS will include “several new software upgrades, exclusive functions for Nokia phones and software that will not be available for other manufacturers who licence the OS,” according to an un-named source.

One of the main attractions of Windows Phone 7 is that all devices running on the OS are the same. They’re nowhere near as customisable as Android or even iOS, meaning whether you have an LG Windows Phone 7 device or a Samsung handset, everything wil work the same.

Whether these extras developed specifically for Nokia will have a massive impact and force people to re-embrace Nokia, or whether it will alienate the manufacturer within the Windows Phone 7 space remains to be seen.

As Nokia has said it will aim its Windows Phone 7 devices at the lower end, some assume this mean some of the minimum hardware requirements will be quashed.

We’ll have to wait and see, but we’re definitely expecting big things from the manufacturer.

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