Microsoft and Nokia recently scheduled a joint event for the first week in September. Considering the two have a healthy smartphone partnership and Windows 8 is due out this fall, it doesn't take a genius to figure out what the event is going to be about. Add to that previous rumors that said Nokia would announce its first Windows Phone 8 devices in early September and it's sort of a no-brainer. However, while we know that the event is going to be Windows 8-themed, up until today, we had no idea what to expect in terms of actual devices.
The Verge today cites sources familiar with the two companies' plans that say Nokia is working on two brand new handsets in preparation for the event. These devices, codenamed 'Arrow' and 'Phi,' are said to be a part of Nokia's Lumia range. The Phi is said to be a successor the Lumia 800 and Lumia 900, while the Arrow is a mid-range handset.
According to The Verge's sources, the Phi will be exclusive to AT&T, at least in the beginning, and the Arrow will be available on both AT&T and T-Mobile (an almost identical version is planned for T-Mobile under a different codename). No word on specs just yet but Microsoft gave us a sneak peek at Windows Phone 8, AKA Apollo, back in June. The latest iteration of Windows Phone will share a kernel, file system, media foundation, device drivers, and parts of the security model of Windows 8. Packing support for multi-core processors, displays up to 1280x768, and external SD storage, Windows Phone 8 will bring Internet Explorer 10 to Windows Phone devices as well as in-app purchases, Nokia Maps, and improved enterprise features (including device management for administrators, Office apps, support for BitLocker encryption, and secure boot mode). It won't be compatible with Windows Phone 7 devices.
Tune on September 5 for the full scoop!