Nokia has confirmed that the first Nokia smartphone running on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 platform will be released by the end of this year.
Speaking to the media in China, Elop stressed that the device will be launched by the end of this year but on a country by country basis, which for some markets, would mean that it will launched in the first quarter of 2012.
This explains a comment made by a Nokia executive in Australia, in which the executive had said that the first Nokia Windows Phone device will be launched next year.
“We're sequencing the roll-out: it will be available in one country after another after another over time,” Elop said, Mobot reports.
Elop, who was working at Microsoft before joining Nokia, was in China to meet with mobile phone operators in order to decide the best time to release the device in the country.
Nokia has partnered with the operating system giant to make devices based on the Windows Phone 7 platform. For Nokia, the success of the device is paramount as it continues to lose market share in both smartphone and feature phone markets.