Microsoft and Nokia are in the same boat now and they are eager to hit the market with their first smartphone. As the scheduled date for its release comes close, an article from Forbes makes us want to see more and more about this future concept. According to this article, Nokia WP7 phones will most likely pack Dual-Core processors. It is well known that the majority of Windows Phones use Qualcomm Snapdragon and now Microsoft wants HTC, LG, Samsung and Dell to use the same chipsets. Also to give users a consistent experience across devices a bigger display size and higher number of camera megapixels is necessary. In an interview at StMicroelectronics annual Analyst Day, Carlo Bozotti, the chief executive of European semiconductor maker STMicroelectronics, declared that ST-Ericsson will be one of the two chip suppliers for the future Nokia Windows Phones. Now wait a second. Most of us might not know who St-Ericsson is and what they are doing. From their site we find out that
ST-Ericsson is a world leader in development of wireless platforms and semiconductors. ST-Ericsson enables smarter communication, mobile entertainment, as well as benefits of access to mobile and broadband connectivity to people around the globe.
ST-Ericsson is unique in its ability to deliver state-of-the-art platforms, integrating mobile multimedia and connectivity for GSM, EDGE, WCDMA, HSPA, TD-SCDMA and LTE. The company is a leading supplier to the top handset manufacturers, as well as to other exciting industry leaders, including mobile operators and device manufacturers.
St-Ericsson's first dual-core processor is called Novathor U8500 and is a low-power cost-optimized solution for multiple operating systems. The features of this high-end processor are:
- Full HD 1080p camcorder, multiple codecs supported (H264 HP, VC-1, MPEG-4)
- High-resolution, touchscreen display support up to WXGA
- Simultaneous dual display support up to dual XGA
- High performance 3D graphics
- Dual camera support with Integrated ISP 20 Mpixel and 5 Mpixel
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM enabled platform
- Built-in USB 2.0, HDMI out
- Support for multiple operating systems
- Optional support for mobile TV standards
It is expected that soon, at the end of this year or next year, Nokia will release 12 Windows Phones which will probably run WP7 or even the next version, which will be called Windows Phone 8. Source: Forbes