Nokia’s debut Windows Phone 8 handsets will hit the market before the end of the year, it has been claimed, as the Finns speed up production to capitalise on the warm notices received by the recently unveiled new iteration of the smartphone platform.
Nokia, Microsoft’s chief Windows Phone partner, was not expected to release any handsets powered by the latest version of the operating system until 2013. But perhaps mindful of how lengthy delays for earlier flagship kits such as the Nokia N8 kyboshed their chances, it appears to have had a dramatic change of heart.
According to shadowy sources cited by Chinese site WPDang, the beleaguered phone-maker, which recently announced a further 10,000 job cuts, now plans to drop a range of Lumia phones before the end of 2012. These will reportedly launch initially in China.
News of developments at Nokia comes after it was recently confirmed, much to the chagrin of owners of the recently released Lumia 900, that none of the existing Lumia phones will be upgraded to Windows Phone 8.
They will, however, be in line for an update to Windows Phone 7.8, which offers select features of the OS, such as more scope for customising the Big M's live tiles-based user interface.
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