With Qualcomm's Snapdragon being the reference design for WP7 handsets, it is understandable to think that Microsoft and Qualcomm have signed a piece of paper ensuring some sort of exclusivity. However Raj Talluri, VP of product management at Qualcomm told The INQUIRER that Qualcomm "does not have an exclusive on WP7", adding that "there is no written exclusive".
According to Talluri the reason why Qualcomm's Snapdragon became the default choice is due to "partners finding Qualcomm's Snapdragon the most compelling solution", rather than any concrete agreement between Microsoft and Qualcomm.
This is a lot bigger than it may seem at first. The fact that Qualcomm never had an exclusivity arrangement with Microsoft means earlier confirmation from ST-Ericsson of a dual-core Nokia phone powered by their chipsets is extremely likely to happen now. Some of you may ask, "then why is Nokia supposedly using Qualcomm in the Sea Ray?" We'd respond by telling you to read the article again, as ST-Ericsson said Nokia will be switching between them and Qualcomm for many of their devices.
We're at a loss for words. This really does change everything we expected from Nokia's upcoming hardware. Let's hope we hear more on August 17th.
Source: The Inquirer