Prototypes of the first Windows Phone 7 (WP7) powered handsets from the House of Espoo have apparently surfaced online, as the first fruits of the Nokia & Microsoft collabo draw nearer.
Eldar Mrtazin, a man who’s turned up more than his first share of exclusives in the past, claims to have got up close and personal with the smartphones – albeit briefly.
According to Mzartin, the phones are dubbed the W7 and W8 and take their cues from the X7 and Nokia’s top of the range N8 powerhouse respectively.
Touted as the flagship Nokia WP7 number, the W7 will pack an eight megapixel snapper and – as seems to be de-riguer nowadays - a dual core processor to keep everything ticking over super smoothly.
The W8 is a lower-end bit of kit all-round. However, in keeping with Microsoft’s handset partner requirements, it’ll still boast a Qualcomm processor and is currently running a version of the WP7 UI that’s little changed from the stock version.
Release dates for the smartphones have yet to be confirmed. The fact that they appear to be at very early stages of development, though, suggests we’ve got a long, long wait on our hands before they come to market.
With that in mind it seems suggestions that Nokia could wait until next year to break cover with its WP7 efforts could be pretty on the money, after all.