ST-Ericsson NovaThor Coming to Future Nokia Windows Phone Devices

November 2, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

By next year, Qualcomm will not be the only one to provide chips for the Windows Phone platform.

Nokia has decided to use ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor platform for at least some of their future Windows Phone devices.

ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor family includes three dual-core chips at the moment, the U9500 flagship, as well as the U8500 and U5500.

This means there will be more options for the consumers to choose from and the dual core power sounds promising as well.

The U8500 and U9500 platforms support up to 1080p video recording, 20MP still image capturing. These chipsets support resolutions up to 1280×768 pixels on a single display or 1024×760 pixels simultaneously on two displays.

The cheaper U5500 supports 720p video recording, 12MP image capturing and 854×480 pixels displays.

Gilles Delfassy, president and CEO of ST-Ericsson, while announcing the deal with Nokia, has been quoted as saying that the company is pleased to have been selected by Nokia as a key partner for Windows smartphones, in line with their goal to be present in all segments and major operating systems.

The deal has, in fact, paved the way for ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor platforms to gain traction as they enable customers to bring great smartphones to the market.

We need to expect the NovaThor chips to feature in Nokia Windows Phone devices next year, hopefully at the earliest.


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