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MWC 2011: Nokia Windows Phone 7 prototypes outed, due 'this year'

MWC 2011: Nokia Windows Phone 7 prototypes outed, due 'this year'

Tech fans got their first glimpse at Nokia’s prototype Windows Phone 7 (WP7) powered smartphone at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), following Friday’s landmark announcement that the Finnish company’s has embarked on a strategic union with Microsoft.

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Images of the handsets surfaced during Nokia Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop’s keynote address at the expo. Prospective specs were kept under firmly wraps. But the ritzy colourways and a C7-style form factor suggest that we’re probably looking at a mid-range model, in keeping with Nokia’s stated strategy of bringing WP7 to a new market of more conscious customers.

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Elop also used his speech to reiterate plans to bring its first WP7 powered handset to market this year, as it looks to quickly regain ground lost to Android and the Apple iPhone in the battle for smartphone market share.

He stated: "We're feeling the heat to get one out in 2011.”

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