First Nokia Windows Phone 7 handset to be on sale in 2012 but Elop hopes to produce it in 2011

Hoping and actually executing are two different things so when Nokia‘s CEO clear states that the company’sĀ  first Windows Phone 7 handsetĀ  will be on sale in 2012 but that the aim is to get it produced by the end of the year one has to keep in mind that nothing is set in stone yet.

Nokia’s chairman has said Windows-based Nokia phones will be on sale from 2012, although Elop has said he aims to produce a Windows phone by the end of this year.

“We’re right now, today, having people work on the first Windows Phone devices from Nokia. That work is already under way. If this was an acquisition scenario, that wouldn’t be possible,” Elop said.

It remains to be seen if the retail availability of the handset will be at the very end of 2011 or the beginning of 2012. New Windows Phone 7 certified SoCs have yet to be officially announced and these are essential for Nokia (hopefully we will learn more about them next month during MIX11). Unless they plan on coming out with a vanilla QSD8250 (or MSM7230) based handset to get things out of the door as soon as possible.

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Video of the upcoming Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live games: Hydro Thunder Go, Fable Coin Golf, GeoDefence

Microsoft has just uploaded a video of the of the February Xbox showcase event which contains hand on footage of some of the upcoming Xbox Live enabled Windows Phone 7 games announced a few weeks ago. You will get to see Fable Coin Golf, Hydro Thunder Go and Geo Defense in action. Hydro Thunder Go is obviously the most resource intensive in terms of 3D rendering and it unfortunately really shows up in the video where you will see that the game’s framerate seems to be on the lower-end of the scale. Let’s just hope that this was just an un-finished version of the game thought. Video after the break:

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