Nokia to Launch High-End Smartphone at MWC 2012

It might be a new Windows Phone-powered smartphone

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is gearing up for the release of a new high-end smartphone before the end of this month, recent reports suggest.

The company is expected to come to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this month with a new high-end device in its pocket.

The new gadget will be in line with the recently unveiled Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone, and will deliver some more info on the company’s device strategy for the current year.

A year ago, Nokia announced that it would load Windows Phone on its smartphones moving forth, and has launched three such devices to date. The latest of them, Lumia 900, has yet to hit shelves.

According to Forbes, Nokia plans on launching a new device at the said event in Barcelona, and will load it with “an unusual software feature,” one that is usually found in high-end smartphones.

What was not unveiled was whether the device would be powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system or not.

Some of the previous rumors on the matter suggested that the handset vendor was set to launch a so-called Nokia Lumia 910 smartphone, one that might arrive on shelves as the European version of the Lumia 900.

Moreover, some suggested that it might come with a series of upgrades when compared to the already available device, including a 12-megapixel photo snapper on the back.

Nokia did say that the rumors were false, but the company is holding a press conference in Barcelona in the morning of February 27th, and the said device is expected to make a debut at that time.

Nokia is expected to greatly expand its Windows Phone lineup this year, and some even suggested that it might be considering killing Symbian earlier than originally announced. A successor of Nokia N8 might nail that platform’s coffin.

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