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ST-Ericsson Partnership is for Windows Phone 8 Nokia Superphones

Today Nokia announced Swiss chip manufacturer ST-Ericsson will be suppling the internals for some of Nokia’s upcoming Windows Phone devices. ST-Ericsson’s CEO confirmed to the Dow Jones newswires that the deal is not immediately effective because the partnership is for Windows Phone 8. Windows Phone 8, codenamed Apollo, is going to be the next major update after Windows Phone Mango. What’s interesting about Apollo? It will bring support for dual core processors, like ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor lineup of processors, as well as updated screen resolutions (NovaThor supports up to WXGA 1280 x 768), and improvements on the user interface. This deal also eliminates Nokia’s dependency on Qualcomm to supply needed parts. Apollo is still a couple of months away from release; Microsoft is said to announce a major update for Windows Phone every year, so fall ’12 seems about right.