The announcement comes from the president of Microsoft‘s Windows Phone division Andy Lees, who was one of the speakers at the AsiaD conference which is currently going on in Hong Kong.
This is in line with the previous announcement that the first WP devices from Nokia will hit Europe this year, but now we have an official date for the launch. We also know Nokia plans to show more than one device, since Lees used plural – Nokia “phones.”
He also said that Nokia’s devices will “have differentiating hardware and software,” meaning we’re not just going to see Windows Phone Mango in a slightly different shell. The original batch of Windows Phone 7 smartphones all had very similar hardware, per Microsoft’s specifications.
Nokia has recently cut a significant portion of its workforce, mostly as a result of poor smartphone sales. It simply cannot risk another failure with Windows Phone devices, and we eagerly await to see what they have in stock for this holiday season.