As Microsoft and Nokia continue to make preparations for their newly formed alliance, new details regarding their upcoming smartphones are beginning to surface.
One such detail receiving some attention is the fact that the new smartphones will include processors other than those provided by wireless industry leader Qualcomm. According to STMicroelectronics chief Carlo Bozotti, at least some "Microkia" smartphones will feature CPUs by ST-Ericsson.
Bozotti recently told Forbes that the first ST-Ericsson processor to be included in a Windows-based Nokia phone will be the dual-core U8500. The chipset currently appears on the Infuse 4G from Samsung and the Sidekick 4G from T-Mobile, Forbes reports.
To this point, the majority of Windows Phone handsets have been powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors. However, the Microsoft and Nokia alliance could potentially open the door to other chipmakers, such as Nvidia and semiconductor giant Intel.
Through Qualcomm still leads the market, several devices based on competing processors have begun to surface. For example, the soon-to-be-released Droid X2 from Motorola and Verizon will include a dual-core Tegra 2 processor from Nvidia.