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Nokia to release 12 smartphones in 2011, 40 handsets in total

Nokia to release 12 smartphones in 2011, 40 handsets in total

Nokia has sounded a statement to intent to retain its status as the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, as it readies at least 40 new handsets for release this year, including a dozen smartphones, a senior Nokia exec has revealed.

With the growing threat of Android - which according to latest market research figures has now overtaken both the iPhone and BlackBerry in market share in both sides of the pond - Espoo is not about to let up in its efforts to remain the global market leader and is reportedly ramping up its production efforts, as it looks to tighten its stranglehold on the still-massive feature phones market and claw back into contention in the smartphone race.

Nokia India vice president and marketing director D Shivakumar, cited by GSMArena, has revealed the Finns’ plan to maintain a steady stream of feature phones to land on store shelves around the globe, plus 12 new smartphones, and has hinted at a possible major announcement incoming after mid April.

That said, Nokia’s recent alliance with Microsoft may be still be some way away from bearing fruit, with reports already emerging that the first WP7 powered Nokia phone may not happen until next year at least.

However, some tech observers are still holding out hope that at least one handset running the Redmond giant’s reinvented OS may yet arrive to market before the end of the year.

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