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Nokia's Windows Phones to sport dual-core ST-Ericsson U8500

We know Qualcomm is currently the only chipset provider for Windows Phone, having invest a lot of time and money to port over their hardware. In fact, even their next gen processors are geared up for Windows Phone 7.5 devices, coming this fall. Still, that's not stopping some companies, including ST-Ericsson from attempting to break that monopoly.

Specifically, in an interview with Forbes, Carlo Bozotti, the Chief Executive of European semiconductor maker STMicroelectronics spilled the beans on a couple of interesting tidbits:

  • ST-Ericsson will be one of two chip suppliers for Nokia Windows Phone (the other is Qualcomm)
  • Nokia is planning on having 12 Windows Phone devices in 2012
  • The first ST-Ericsson chipset to be used will be the U8500 ",,,a sophisticated dual-core system-on-a-chip that can also be found in the new Samsung Infuse 4G smartphone on AT&T and the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G."
  • Later versions of the U8500 will be used in Nokia's 2012 phones
  • ST-Ericsson continues to have “very close relations” with Nokia

All of this sounds good to our ears. While Qualcomm's chipsets have been performing quite well as of late, we're all keen on trying some new hardware with a new engine underneath. Granted, our reviews will become a little more complicated (speed and versus tests, no doubt), but we think this is good for the platform and innovation.

Source: Forbes

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Jf.Vigor says:

Yayyyyy.... Modern chips for wp7. Not that we need it with how fast these phones are now :)

jc0196 says:

release it quick please :(

Jf.Vigor says:

Lol it says 2012 dude

PhilR8 says:

Very good news. Let's hope Nokia decides to release some CDMA devices.

banzai#WP says:

I heard that it'll be 'early 2012' for those.

jimski says:

If nothing else it will keep Qualcomm on their toes, knowing someone is knocking at their door. Can't beat some healthy competition to get those creative juices flowing.

zbend says:

'having invest a lot of time and money to port over their hardware' Huh? doesn't WP7 just use the standard Snapdragon XXXX processor? I mean the HTC HD2 seems to be able to run it, was there something special done?