Microsoft seems to be taking a more direct approach going forward: the company posted a brief table on its site, explaining when it will end support for Windows Phone 8 and 7.5. In short, each OS gets a total of 18 months of support, and that period has of course already begun, as both operating systems are shipping on various hardware.
Nokia’s future is WP7 having killed off its Meego and Symbian handsets. These are the first handsets to be unveiled and give an indication of Nokia’s and maybe Microsoft’s future prospects.
The Nokia 800 aka Sea Ray which was leaked inadvertenly by Stephen Elop is a rebranded N9 and available in the same colours.
It has a 3.7 inch screen and a 8 megapixel camera. Indeed one may ask why did it take it so long to release a WP7 handset considering the hardware isnt new and runs a much Microsoft restricted OS, though Nokia has much more leeway in what it can do with it. All in all, these phones won’t be a true indication of Nokia’s own WP7 handsets which is more likely to arrive next year.
Nokia Sabre, 3.5in screen and will come with the hardware buttons which Microsoft demands of its OEMs. It will retail at between £260 and £300 unlocked and will come in a fetching white.
Finally the Nokia Ace targets business-orientated customers with a slide-out portrait keyboard.
Until the full release next week, these leaks are not proven yet, with maybe Nokia having a surprise up its sleeve. However on the face of it these handsets are lacklustre and are not desirable compared to recent release from its rivals in the Android and Apple camp.