Troubled handset maker Nokia is set to unveil a new line of Windows Phones based on Windows Phone 8 next month, according to reports.
Newswire Bloomberg cites an unidentified source with knowledge of Nokia's plans, suggesting that the phones could be revealed before Apple shows off its next version of the iPhone – which is widely expected to take place on 12 September.
The new Lumia range will reportedly hit the shops ahead of the Christmas rush.
Windows Phone 8 is a major break with all Microsoft's earlier smartphone platforms, based on technology from the NT kernel rather than Windows CE, which all its earlier mobile platforms used.
Microsoft has yet to confirm when Windows Phone 8 devices will be available, which will largely be up to handset makers such as Nokia in any case.
Nokia had initially been reluctant to talk about its Windows Phone 8 plans, with one possible reason being that the release will make its existing range obsolete, as these cannot be upgraded to the next-generation platform.
But having bet the farm on Microsoft's mobile operating system, it was inevitable Nokia would support Windows Phone 8. Whether that will be enough to revive the firm's flagging fortunes remains to be seen.
Nokia has posted losses for its last five financial quarters and its stock price has plummeted by 90 per cent since Apple started to reshape the smartphone landscape with the release of its iPhone. The firm has embarked on a dramatic cost-cutting exercise, shedding thousands of jobs and closing plants.
Nokia's subsequent embrace of Microsoft's mobile operating system has produced some widely admired devices, but has yet to deliver blockbuster sales for the ailing firm.
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