It has now been confirmed that Nokia is going to use Qualcomm chips in its first round of Windows Phone devices. The first Nokia Windows Phone devices are said to release later this year.
Nokia has already started work on first Windows Phone devices and there will be as many as 12 Nokia Windows Phone handsets in 2012.
A Nokia spokesperson said:
The first Nokias based on Windows Phone will have the Qualcomm chipset. Our aim is to build a vibrant ecosystem around Nokia and the Windows Phone OS and with that intent we are naturally continuing discussions with a number of chipset suppliers for our future product portfolio
Previously we had reported about the possibility that Nokia may use dual-core ST-Ericsson chips, but now the Finnish company has confirmed its use of Qualcomm chips in the first Nokia Windows Phone handsets. However, do keep in mind that there are as much as 12 Nokia WP7 devices slated for release in 2012, and it is possible that ST-Ericsson chipsets be used in further models.
Nokia’s use of Qualcomm’s chips may be because of the fact that it wants to get out the “W” devices as early as possible and Qualcomm’s chips have already been tried and tested in the market extensively, not to mention that this would make the device cheaper overall, and that’s another factor which Nokia is keeping in mind.
Relatively cheap Nokia Windows Phone devices may be a hit in the market, as we’ll already seen Windows Phone 7 devices gain considerable traction in the smartphone hungry market. Let’s see when we finally get a Nokia WP7 device in our hands.