What does 2012 hold for the Nokia / Windows Phone partnership in South Africa?   Leave a comment

I obviously don’t know for fact what the future holds, but there is a number of speculated happenings Nokia fans can look forward to this year. The first and “unofficially” confirmed is the local launch of the Nokia Lumia range of Windows Phone 7 based Nokia Lumia 710 and 800 smartphones seen below:

The question remains when which Lumia’s will be launched locally as the 710 and 800 models has been available in most parts of Europe since November. According to a myboradband.co.za article (Source), Nokia are still “mulling” over their plans on when these smartphones will be available locally. On first inspection that sounds quite negative. But when one takes into account that the Nokia N9 was the Nokia’s pièce de résistance during our local festive season, you wouldn’t expect them to announce that the next flagship is just around the corner. This is obviously just speculation, but it makes logical sense. My guess for an ETA on availability locally is February, most probably only end of February though.

Where it gets interesting: CES 2012

On the 9th of January, at CES 2012 in Las Vegas, Nokia kicks off  “Operation Rolling Thunder” and is expected to announce a number of new products for the US market (Source).

The star of the show is speculated to be the Nokia Lumia 900, aka “Ace”.  According to Pocketnow a Nokia partner sent out a christmas card with the picture below of what at first glance looks like a Lumia 800, but if you take the front camera, which is lacking on the Lumia 800, into account along with a number of other factors (Source) it can only be the mythical Lumia 900.

According to the article the Lumia 900 is scheduled to be released on US service provider (they call them carriers) AT&T on the 18th of March 2012. So chances are that it will only become available locally 3 months after that, so somewhere during June – August 2012. It is speculated to feature the following (Source):

  • 4.3″ screen (as opposed to the Lumia 800’s 3.7″)
  • 8 megapixel camera
  • 16GB of storage
  • Windows phone 7 (Version: Tango)
  • 1.4GHz CPU
  • LTE Support

What next for the Windows Phone / Nokia partnership?

Well to some extent that is an open question and it is here where educated guesses turns into hopeful thinking. Although Windows Phone 7 Tango is a very important step in the evolution of WP7, as it will add support for more entry-level smartphones, the real thing to like forward to is Apollo. What is does Apollo bring you may ask? Well Wikipedia sums it up quite nicely (Source):

“Apollo is the codename for next generation of Windows Phone, as confirmed at an MSDN seminar in August 2011.It is expected to launch in mid-2012 and Engadget believes that Apollo actually refers to Windows Phone 8.It is believed the update will add NFC technology and eventually lead to a convergence of Microsoft’s operating systems for PCs, phones, tablets,and video game consoles seeing as the Xbox 360 also uses the Metro interface.”

Now that’s should surely boost sales of Windows Phone based devices. Imagine your smartphone, PC and XBox all having the same user interface. You’ll feel at home everywhere you go!

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Posted January 1, 2012 by allaboutnokiasa in Nokia, Windows Phone

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