Microsoft and Nokia announce Windows Phone 8 event for September 5

Microsoft announced Windows Phone 8 in June and previewed many of the enhancements added to new mobile OS. Nokia, being the premier Windows Phone maker, is set to co-host a press conference on Sept. 5 in New York where Windows Phone 8 and the next generation Nokia Lumia handset will be announced. The timing of the event coincides with earlier rumors and shows that the two companies want to get out of the gate before the behemoth that is Apple’s iPhone 5 is released later next month.

While little is known about aesthetic changes to the Lumia 900’s outer shell, we have been given some info about the upgraded internals. Windows Phone 8 now supports dual-core processors and it has been confirmed that the speedy dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus that powers the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S3 will be used in the Lumia 900 along with a 4G LTE radio. Also to be included should be a 1280×720 resolution HD display and NFC that the new OS supports.

The major changes, however, will be in the software of Windows Phone 8 where the homescreen has been redesigned to allow easier customization. The underlying kernel and source code has also been majorly overhauled and is based on the same core as Windows 8, sharing the same file system, browser technology, and security.

The following is a demo of Windows Phone 8’s new homescreen:

Are you looking forward to Windows Phone 8 and the next Nokia Lumia handset? Do you think they have what it takes to take on the iPhone and flagship Android handsets? Let us know in the comments below!

[via CNET, The Verge]

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  • Rob

    I agree, Bossman, mhmm….while iPhone was setting the pace, Android hitting the nitrous, Windows Phone was taking a nap. Now they’re trying to play catch-up (not mustard). And I really think that the only reason a lot of people have even heard of Nokia is because of when Cricket first came about a little over a decade ago, and some of those people would be surprised to hear that Nokia is still in business (yes, it’s true, someone asked me that last week). So trying to catch up with a flat tire isn’t going to help them much.

  • Ashraf

    @Farrukh: I’m with you there. One of the reasons why Android became so popular is because manufacturers got behind it. It gave manufacturers the ability to offer an iPhone competitor. With Android in existence, I see no reason for manufacturers to flock to Windows Phone; and only Nokia building Windows Phone won’t help it gain much market share, especially seeing Nokia’s historical incapability to penetrate the US market.

  • I still think, under the storm of Android, its hard to survive for Nokia, cuz people are preferring to spend money in Android based phone then Windows based, because of trust in Google brands.

    Samsung Galaxy did give a setback to Nokia in recent past.

    Nokia should seriously start thinking to get rid of Windows.