Reuters reports that Stephen Elop said Windows Phone 8 from Nokia will be launched soon.
This should quell some rumours and comments that suggest Nokia will not be announcing any new Lumia WP8s this year. Similar rumours cropped up last year after doubts on whether Nokia could release a WP7.5 device so soon (when they generally took 18 months to get anything out).
However, for those who still have doubts, they are warranted in their concern due to past Nokia mistakes:
- Soon. This has no actual time frame and differs from person to person. To Nokia, soon may be 6 months or more. They’ve been a lot more cautious in using that word, particularly for the disappointment it ensues.
- Launching this year could still not mean any phones are available this year. We are in mid August. We have, September, October, November, and December left. Should we see at the earliest, a September launch, it’s not very un Nokia like not to exceed 6 months until they have the phone on the shelves.
Where we can have some hope is that Nokia repeats or betters the launch seen with the Nokia Lumia 800. I.E. Have it shipping on the day of launch, possibly on shop markets in weeks. Since Nokia most likely has been working on WP8 concurrently with WP7, they should also have had much more time to iron out any major bugs.
Cheers anon for the tip!