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Nokia Windows Phone 7 Handsets To Debut In Six European Countries

Victor Saeijs, the Vice President of Nokia Europe, has revealed to an audience at the 2011 Mobile Telecompaper conference in the Netherlands, that the company will be launching its first Windows Phone 7 handset in six European countries initially (the Netherlands, France, Germany, UK, Spain and Italy) before rolling it out to other territories.

The phone, which has yet to be detailed, will be launched later this year, and Saeijs was apparently carrying a prototype on himself but did not show it to the public.

It has already been confirmed that the first Nokia Windows Phone will be based on Mango, rather than on the current iteration of Windows Phone OS.

MIcrosoft told us at the launch of Mango that the update should work on existing hardware without any issues which means that Qualcomm is bound to capture another big customer for its system on chip business.

Nokia usually uses Broadcom chips but Microsoft stipulates that all Windows Phone 7 devices must run on Qualcomm SoCs at least for the foreseeable future.

The current generation of Windows Phone 7 smartphones, which were launched last September, have fallen in price over the last few months, prompting us to believe that a refresh is coming soon.

As we reported last week, WP7 handsets can be had for as little as £190, albeit from Amazon Germany and for the LG E900 Optimus 7. But that's a far cry from the £500 or so it cost at launch.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.