According to the latest hearsay, Nokia is expected to announce the first Windows Phone 8 devices next month, possibly during one of the Nokia World 2012 events.
Lots of pictures with alleged upcoming Nokia smartphones powered by Windows Phone 8 have already leaked in the wild, but most of these photos seem to be fakes.
One thing is certain - the Finnish company will be the first handset manufacturer to launch Windows Phone 8 devices on the market.
Microsoft has already confirmed that most current Windows Phone 7.5 handsets won’t receive an upgrade to Windows Phone 8.
However, the Redmond-based company stated that it would offer its fans the possibility to update their smartphones to Windows Phone 7.8.
This seems to be more of a compromise that Microsoft is willing to make in order to keep its current Windows Phone 7.5 market share, and try to boost it once Windows Phone 8 goes official.
Details on the main features of Windows Phone 7.8 are a bit scarce for the moment, but more info will surely emerge as we near its official announcement.
Until then, we can take a look at another alleged Nokia handset powered by Windows Phone 7.8 or 8.0.
The folks over at WPDang have recently published two pictures of a Nokia prototype, which strongly resembles the Lumia 900.
The device does not bear a name yet, but we can safely assume it’s a prototype given the “proto.nokia.com” marking etched at the bottom of the display.
Design-wise, this prototype seems to be a yellow version of the Nokia Lumia 900, which has yet to make its debut on the market.
So far, we don’t have any info on the phone’s hardware configuration, but we can speculate that this is a Lumia 900 device that runs the upcoming Windows Phone 7.8 OS. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.