HTC, Samsung, Nokia and Huawei are announced as Windows Phone 8 launch partners

Microsoft today announced that HTC, Nokia, Samsung and Huawei will be key launch partners for Windows Phone 8 come this fall.

The new hardware for Windows Phone 8 includes multi-core chips, higher resolution displays including true 720P, NFC and encrypted storage. All four of the announced companies will be providing these high end devices around the world starting this fall.

In addition, Qualcomm (and only Qualcomm) will be providing the chipsets to power the new WP8 phones, which are expected to be dual-core with 1.5Ghz CPUs and feature 720x1280 displays.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • My upgrade is due August 30th YAY, so excited!!!!
  • Of course, no Acer, Fujitsu, Dell, LG, and zte.
  • I guess their sales were too low to consider wp8??
  • Lol
  • Maybe WP8 will be for higher end phones. And Microsoft doesn't want the other OEMs to give impression?
  • Of course WP7 sale would be low if you only advertised Android. This good news is that Dell didn't fair well selling adroid devices either and killed them too.  The Galaxy note is basically a re-hash of the Dell streak line of phone/tablet hybrid wheather people will admit it or not.
  • So all wp8 devices will run on Qualcomm dual core? No quad core?
  • Of course no quad core. WP is always a Gen behind when it comes to processors. Its not like we need it anyways but it would have been nice to have.
  • Why should we to have "Quadcore"???
    WP7 proven single core out run the quad core android, so the quad core games are for the handicap litter green robot. :P
  • Like said on the event, WP8 with the Windows 8 core will pretty much support endless amoutn of cores (64 was given as a example).
    Though Qualcomm's specific SoC will probably be first one to be ready for consumers on WP8, so all of the launch manufacturers will use. Will it be dial core or quad core.... no idea.
    Rumors are pointing it to be dual core, not much esle can be said. 
  • "Multicore support" so no. (yes to quad core if wanted)
  • i agree with this comment,  this is entriely up to the oems
    and if i understand this correctly, wp8 uses the same kernal (well similar?) as win8, and win8 can pretty much do anything on earth lol
  • They said in the event that it will support more cores, but they are focused on dual-core now. I believe Microsoft wants to get the battery usage right on the quad cores before offering them up.
  • Andriod phones couldn't utlize dualcore correctly until ICS, they still can't utilize quad-core. Android users waste their money.
  • Woohoo can't wait till Christmas!!!!!
  • I just hope they have removable battery. I hate phones that don't.
  • By looking at how deeply the OEM committed to WP7, my money for my next device will be on Nokia.
  • Same here, but hope comes one on sprint, arrive lasted too long now
  • Same. I love my Samsung Focus Flash...when it doesn't freeze on me every few hours. A quick check on most forums reveals this is a pretty wide spread problem with this particular model and Samsung's best piece of advice was to just pull the battery every time it freezes or return it.
  • really?! =/
    I was about to buy one..
  • Nokia should release a line across all carriers like HTC has with the One and how Samsung does with the Galaxy.
  • Well Qualcomm's dual core ARE comparable to Nvidia's quad core so I'm not complaining :/
  • Well if MS are using Nvidia chips on their Surface, why not on phones?
  • Honestly, I don't know and don't care as long as the surface I'm going to purchase has it! yay
  • Well they could. But why do it when you have the same great performance minus the lower battery life? :D And WP is never the CPU-hungry OS like Android is xD
  • They use only Qualcomm chipsets so there is only a small selection of chipsets to program for therefore saving Microsoft and OEM's time and money. Its easier to optimize when you can focus.
  • Does "encrypted storage" mean removable storage, such as micro sd?
  • I believe so
  • They announced during the presentation that WP8 will support Removable microSD support.
  • My upgrade is in august too. Wonder when the new hardware will be out though?
  • Can't wait. Verizon now has no reason not to offer this.
  • Nokia Lumia 1000
  • Naise.
  • Microsoft, "Can you here me now?" Verizon, "Yes....Loud as a blowhorn..."
  • Woohoo, everybody upgrade
  • And by everybody you mean 'americans who will sell their soul to the devil to save a few bucks on a handset.'
  • Well, you took it to a whole new level.
  • Perfect. They should actually not let other OEMs build WP. All others are useless anyway (not sure how ZTE stands in China though).
  • Qualcomm multi-core CPU as in the S3 or the S4 ?
  • S4+
  • Interested in seeing what Huawei will do
  • I work at Huawei USA. Am excited about this!
  • Huawei's high end sets look really nice. Too bad they don't have any market share here in the states. Would love to get my hands on one.