Elop: Nokia Windows Phone to Debut this Year

The statement made by Nokia chief Stephen Elop has certainly brought a wave of happiness in people who are anxiously waiting for the Nokia-Windows Phone. Stephen Elop said in an interview that the new Nokia Phone running Microsoft operating system will be launched this year.

However, the Nokia executive in Australasia had clearly denied the possibility of having a Nokia’s first Windows Phone in market before 2012. Stephen Elop on the other hand justifies his statement as the Nokia Windows Phone will debut country by country and hence some countries will get it in 2012 and be adamant to say that it will be out this very year.

Elop while talking to one of Chinese paper said that the Nokia’s first Windows Phone handset “will be in the market in the world in Q4.” He further added that the device will be launched “in one country after another after another over time.” Furthermore, he said the main reason for his visit to China is to talk to the operators and set the timeframe for the launch of Nokia Windows Phone in the country.

Although, he didn’t mention anything about the UK release, but his forceful statements make us believe that the Sea Ray will soon be in the markets. One can also expect that Nokia won’t come up with something like N9 as it did before.

Expressing the importance of new handset he said:

We believe it [Windows Phone handset] will be very successful because of the unique capabilities we are bringing from Nokia, the quality of the design, the strength of our organization, including here in China, so we’re very excited about some aggressive sales targets for these products.

Elop also explained the fact that Microsoft is not going to acquire Nokia. It will still stay an independent company. Talking about the Google acquisition of Motorola, he simply said:

interesting change in the environment, but it’s very uncertain at this point, and clearly it creates a great deal of uncertainty for the Android ecosystem that I’m sure is of great concern to many of the Android participants.

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