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Nokia exec backs multiple Windows Phone devices in 2011

updated 05:50 pm EDT, Tue May 24, 2011

Nokia VP says small batch of WP7 due in 2011

Nokia's first Windows Phone devices could not only make the end of 2011 but include multiple devices, the company's Smart Devices VP Jo Harlow said in a new talk on Tuesday. She wasn't ready to say for certain that Nokia would make 2011 but told Forbes that the target was "absolutely still this year" and that it "looks good." Harlow also fueled rumors of multiple devices at once" with word that it would start with a "smart portfolio" of devices, not just one.

Earlier hints have suggested that the two first phones, the W7 and W8, would be direct conversions of the X7 and N8 with Windows Phone and new hardware. Since Qualcomm has another Snapdragon exclusive on the platform with the Windows Phone 7.1 update, Nokia will have to switch to the new processors. It's already due to start with the new OS.

Harlow went on to validate rumors and said Nokia was exploring NFC on Windows Phone along with its outgoing Symbian platform. The company was helping carriers make NFC readers along with creating phones to use them.

CDMA was also becoming important. Nokia has had phones in recent years like the Twist, but for the most part has kept it away from its smartphone mix. Harlow explained that Nokia was "working in that direction" to expand the company's reach.

The VP reiterated a cautious approach to tablets and was clear that the company would only get involved if it could have truly unique models.

by MacNN Staff



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