MobileSyrup notes that there seems to be a bit of discrepancy between when Stephen Elop said Windows Phone 8 would arrive (September) and rumours from Mary Jo Foley (October), suggesting to them that Nokia may be given a month jump on other OEMs.
Stephen Elop has not outright said that they would be the first OEM to release Windows Phone handsets, but during their earnings call said:
Mark Sue – RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Research Division
Sure, Steve. Will Nokia be the first and flagship platform for Windows 8?
Stephen A. Elop
So we’re not making any specific announcements about announced timing or how that happens. But one of the things — just to give a signal in this direction, on a number of occasions, Windows Phone 8 has been demonstrated. It’s been demonstrated on Nokia hardware. We’re working with them every single day on the initial hardware platforms and everything. So clearly, we have a very close relationship that is not the same as what anyone else has at this point. So the relationships are good there.
An early arrival of a new Nokia Windows Phone 8 flagship would obviously ease Nokiaâ€™s anticipated painful Windows Phone 7.5 to Windows Phone 8 transition, and Nokia is obviously benefiting more from working closely with Microsoft than other OEMS, so there may be some truth in this rumour.
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