Nokia Working On Two Windows Phone 8 Apollo Smartphones


07.03.2012

Nokia Working On Two Windows Phone 8 Apollo Smartphones

In October 2011, at Nokia World event in London, Stephen Elop introduced the first two members of the Nokia Windows Phone line-up. I guess you already know what I’m talking about: Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710. The two devices come as a result of the partnership deal between the Finland-based company and Microsoft, the maker of the Windows Phone mobile operating system.

In January 2012, at Consumer Electronics Show, Nokia unveiled the flagship of their Windows Phone line-up, dubbed Nokia Lumia 900. It’s a smartphone with 4.3-inch Clearblack AMOLED display, 1.4GHz Scorpion CPU, 512MB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera with HD video recording support, 16GB of internal storage and 4G LTE support. The Windows Phone Nokia device presented at CES 2012 was the model designed for the US market.

One and a half month later, at Mobile World Congress 2012 event in Barcelona, the Finnish company showcased two new Windows Phone smartphones: the global version of Lumia 900 and Nokia Lumia 610, the latter one being the low-end model of the Lumia line-up, running on Windows Phone tango.

All the above smartphones presented by Nokia in last half year, are the fruit of the agreement between the telecom giant and the Redmond-based company. The deal signed between Nokia and Microsoft comes with benefits for both parties: the Finns hope it would help them become world’s number one smartphone vendor, while Bill Gate’s guys hope that the partnership with Nokia would help their mobile operating system grow to the level of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android OS.

All the Windows Phone-powered smartphones launched so far have at most 1.4GHz single-core CPUs and 512MB of RAM due to Microsoft’s mobile operating system limitations. But the software giant promised things will change once the new Windows Phone 8, codenamed “Apollo,” will be up and ready, as the new major version of WP will come with support for multi-core chipsets, HD display resolutions, NFC and many other goodies.

A huge step forward for an operating system that so far is way behind iOS and Android when it comes to market distribution. Anyway, new companies, other than Microsoft’s traditional partners, are expected to start developing Windows Phone 8 devices, like Sony, Asus, Acer and more.

The Verge reports that Nokia is ahead of the others, as two brand new Windows 8 Apollo smartphones for AT&T are on the Finns’ working table. The two devices are codenamed Prodygy and AC/DC and both are supposedly powered by dual-core chipsets. Anyway it seems that the Nokia Prodygy will be the flagship, while AC/DC is meant for the mid-end segment.

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