Nokia stated it clearly that it will wait for the Mango Windows Phone 7 refresh to hit first before launching any Redmond powered smartphones and there even was a rumor of the update being pushed back to next year — and another one denying it with indications of early fall for OEMs.
Rumors aside, Nokia India’s Managing Director and Vice President for Sales, Mobile Phones, D. Shivakumar, declared that Nokia will launch its first Windows Phone in roughly 12 months from now. The statement comes from India’s Daily News & Analysis and, even if printed black on white, one could treat it with a dose of skepticism. In the meantime, Nokia targets to launch more than 40 new phone models this year out of which approximately 20 smartphones built on Symbian.
Whether there’s any truth to the story or not is hard to say as well as it’s hard not to believe a high placed Nokia official. Will a Nokia Windows Phone 7 released in Q1 2012 be too late? Why would it take that long? Nokia definitely has the power to design and manufacture hardware as they’re among the best in the business. Could it be Microsoft related? Many questions but unfortunately there are no answers as of yet. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!