A few days ago, Chinese site WPDang (dang!) posted a picture of what it claimed was Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8 handset, and now it’s supposedly been ‘confirmed’.
As you can see from the pic, the Nokia Phi, as it’s codenamed, looks very much like the rectangular Lumias, namely the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900. Oh, and let’s not forget the MeeGo-rocking Nokia N9.
The confirmation comes from sources of Nokia Innovation. Loving the irony in the name, there. The innovative ones also have a handful of specs for Nokia/Windows Phone fans to drool over.
The Nokia Phi will have a display of at least 4.3in, a polycarbonate unibody (battery not replaceable), no physical buttons on the front, a microSD slot, and support for both NFC (Near Field Communication) and LTE (Long Term Evolution).
And since Windows Phone 8 raises the hardware ceiling, that opens the door for the Nokia Phi to rock a dual-core Qualcomm processor.
The innovators peg the Nokia Phi release date as some time in the first week of October. Of course, Nokia is rumoured to announce its first Windows Phone 8 devices at Nokia World on September 5.
A month from launch to release? Yeah, that sounds about right. Mind you, there's another chap rumoured to be launching on September 12; something called the... iPhone 5?