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Nokia New Windows Phone To Be Codenamed Champagne?

Finnish manufacturer Nokia may be on the verge of launching a new smartphone which bears the codename Champagne according to an article published by WPcentral (opens in new tab).

The device is said to be running OS 7.10.8711, which makes it a Tango phone, the follow up to Mango, and was the first seen by the app, "I'm a WP7!". The app listed other devices which are likely to be carrier re-brands like the HTC Ultimate.

WPCentral says that the phone - which was first detected back on the 25th of October - could also be a rebranded Lumia, destined possibly for another country but is most likely to be a new handset altogether.

The Lumia 800 and 710 were launched only a few weeks ago and will go on sale officially next week. The Lumia 800 has been announced on all major mobile phone carriers in the UK and can be had from as little as £399 on Pay as you go from Three and from as little as £24 per month on contract.

The next Windows Phone handset could well be powered by dual core chipsets from ST-Ericsson, as the chip giant managed to break the monopoly Qualcomm had until now on system on chips that powered Windows Phone handsets.

Désiré Athow

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.