This is news of a monumental nature that seems to have been overlooked, or just played down. The fact though that Nokia, you know the top supplier of mobile phones in the world, is co opting Sony Ericcson, for their hardware expertise, to supply the innards of future Windows Phones from the Finnish giant. While the rumours surrounding SE’s on again off again Windows Phone stance is confusing to say the least, Nokia does not put press out like this lightly.
Nokia is planning to make Windows Phone it’s, and it’s customers favourite mobile OS, Windows Phone, disappearing Symbian phones.
ST Ericsson where quoted as saying,
“We are pleased to have been selected by Nokia as a key partner for Windows smartphones, in line with our goal to be present in all segments and major operating systems,” said Gilles Delfassy, president and CEO of ST-Ericsson. “Our NovaThor platforms continue to gain traction as they enable customers to bring great smartphones to the market.”
ST Ericsson have been active behind the scenes, so they have no devices of their own, but they have a hardware platform, that Nokia think they can use, so it must be powerful, and cheap. It’s a big move in terms of cornering the European market, and also a big stamp of approval for SE’s new hardware. SE have obviously some up with a magic hardware combo, that they create and build,” NovaThor” looks something like a really high end base that will support many OS’s.
- Full HD 1080p camcorder, multiple codecs supported
(H264 HP, VC-1, MPEG-4)
- High-resolution, touchscreen display support up to WXGA
- Simultaneous dual display support up to dual XGA
- High performance 3D graphics
- Dual camera support with Integrated ISP 20 Mpixel and 5 Mpixel
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM enabled platform
- Built-in USB 2.0, HDMI out
- Support for multiple operating systems
- Optional support for mobile TV standards
- Highly efficient, low-power ARM dual Cortex™- A9 processor
- Dual multimedia DSP for low-power, flexible media processing
- High-bandwidth LP-DDR2 interface
- ARM® Mali™ 400 GPU and NEON®CPU extensions
- State-of-the-art HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) Release 7 modem
- Unique audio architecture with a wide range of audio codecs supported
- Advanced power saving architecture enabling class-leading audio and video playback times
It’s a good move for Windows Phone, and Nokia, it still begs the question if SE has the hardware, why do they not build their own. Obviously the design will be handled by Nokia, but a partnership like this will push SE’s hardware development as well. Maybe it’s a sign that ST E are having trouble keeping up in the beauty stakes, but you know they know where the power is. It’s a great partnership in terms of the OS and Microsoft, and probably more in line with the OS being grown by all the partners, and hardware wise, the sky is the limit here, but not tomorrow. A partnership like this is probably looking to the next update, Major, to windows phone, and point to Nokia’s commitment to the platform. Come hell or high water now. In six months time, mobile hardware will be that much more advanced, and Nokia by hooking into as many hardware developers as they can, is just building insurance.
In terms of the OS, windows phone, Nokia has no where to go but up, with their phones set to become available generally on November 16, any news that they are taking the OS and development seriously is a good thing. [One thing that comes to mind is what if everyone abandons Symbian that;s not gonna happen]