Nokia will unveil more than one Windows Mango smartphone this month, a Microsoft exec has disclosed, raising the prospect of a mid-range handset to accompany its flagship Sea Ray smartie.
Addressing delegates at the AllThingsD Asia tech talking shop, the president of Microsoft’s phones division Andy Lees revealed that the company’s Mango platform will feature heavily in the Nokia World expo on October 26th in London.
Interestingly, when discussing Nokia’s plans for the event, Lees referred to ‘phones’ rather a single flagship smartphone – aka the much-leaked Sea Ray on which so much is riding as the phone-maker looks to reinvigorate its challenge to Apple and Android.
Given Nokia CEO’s Stephen Elop’s statement earlier this year that it plans to continue to target less well-heeled customers, there’s a better than even chance of at least one of said phones being a mid-range challenger.
Lees went on to reveal that Nokia’s Mango kits will sport “differentiating hardware and software” – suggesting that we could be in for some significant tweaks for the tile-based user interface.
As for the hardware differentiators he mentions, we’re betting these will include a 12-megapixel snapper of the standard that featured in the likes of the N8 for the Sea Ray, as well as a design that dispenses with front-facing physical buttons a la Nokia N9.
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