Once Windows Phone 8 “Apollo” makes its official debut, presumably this fall, we’re hoping to see new WP8 hardware emerge from many of Microsoft’s manufacturing partners. Presumably, most will aim for new hardware by the end of the year, so that they may capitalize on holiday season sales. For now, a lot of these plans are no more than rumors, but we continue to gather what info’s available in hopes of forming a picture of what to expect in advance of any formal announcements. The latest addition concerns Nokia and its aspirations for Windows Phone 8, with a claim that the company will have some new WP8 models ready before 2013.
The news comes from an interview with a Eurocom rep; the company handles distribution of Nokia’s phone lineup in Israel. The rep talks-up the support that Windows Phone 8 will offer for Hebrew, and explains that Eurocom’s expecting Nokia to release new hardware for it “towards the end of the year”.
It’s not clear to what extent this comment reflects actual knowledge of upcoming hardware, or how much might be reasonable speculation, but Eurocom would certainly be close to the loop on any news regarding upcoming devices, so this might be worth giving the benefit of the doubt.
Look for more rumors about this wave of initial WP8 models to continue building-up steam as we start getting into summer.