Nokia selects ST-Ericsson NovaThor SoC for future low end Windows Phones ?

Looks like ST-Ercisson’s dream has finally been realized. According to a rather short and cryptic press release Nokia has selected unnamed ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor SoCs for future low end devices and / or devices aimed at certain countries like China which don’t use the same base-bands (TD-SCDMA) as the rest of the world (remember HTC uses Qualcomm SoCs in 95% of its devices and Texas Instrument SoCs only for its Chinese TD-SCDMA products). Still looks like Qualcomm’s Snapdragon will be found in the vast majority high-mid-end devices though (I sure hopes so given that the GPU in some NovaThor SoCs doesn’t have the same featureset as the Adreno GPUs..fragmentation be damned..I guess..meh).

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Nokia to use ST-Ericsson U8500 SoC for its Windows Phone 8 devices ? [UPDATED]

Ready for some totally weird news? ST-Ericsson’s CEO is now claiming that Nokia will use the company’s U8500 SoC in some of its upcoming Windows Phone devices. But contrary to what you may think he is not talking about Windows Phone 7 but about Windows Phone 8 which is probably still 1 year away. As you already know Qualcomm is the only certified SoC manufacturer for Windows Phone 7 and this was confirmed again with the updated chassis specification unveiled last month. The fact that ST-Ericsson’s CEO is now claiming that Windows Phone 8, which has yet to be announced and probably isn’t finalized in terms of required hardware specifications, will run on this particular SoC is rather strange.

The rest of the claims are for the most part factually wrong:

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