The CEO of Nokia has corroborated recent speculation that it will unveil its first-ever Windows Phone 8 handset in a matter of weeks’ time, as the smartphone-maker gears up for a fresh attempt to regain its smartphone crown.
Stephen Elop confirmed the company is hosting a joint press call with Windows Phone creator Microsoft on September 5th, which is expected to see the arrival of a new crop of Lumia-branded handsets powered by the all-new version of the platform.
Although Elop did not confirm that new phones are definitely landing at the event, he did promise that fresh smarties will be along in the “relatively near term”.
The putative due date would give Nokia a window – however short – to annex headlines and column inches in the tech press before the iPhone 5 drops later that month. Assuming Apple does as expected and launches its next smartphone in mid-to-late September, that is.
News of Nokia’s plans comes after it recently confirmed that it has no plans to bring Windows Phone 8 to its current-generation Lumia phones, which will be stranded on the 7.5 version of the operating system.
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