A range of new Nokia smartphones, running the new Windows 7 mobile operating system, made their debut at Nokia World 2011.
The Nokia Lumia 800 will be the company’s new flagship device, and ships with the following features:
- A 1.4GHz processor featuring hardware acceleration and an integrated GPU
- Carl Zeiss optics
- HD video playback
- 16GB of internal memory
- 25GB of SkyDrive cloud storage for media
The Lumia 800 will retail for around €420 (R4628.67) – although no release date has been confirmed.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is optimised for social media and image sharing – it features exchangeable back covers; the same 1.4GHz processor found in the Lumia 800; and support for Internet Explorer 9.
The Lumia 710 will retail for an estimated price of €270 (R2975.57) – but again, no release date has been confirmed.
Both Lumia smartphones will have free, turn-by-turn voice navigation and access to the Nokia Music including MixRadio, a free global music streaming service.
They should be available in South Africa in early 2012.
The Asha range of Nokia smartphones is designed as a low-cost alternative to the Lumia devices.
The Asha series includes:
- Asha 303: Features a 1GHz processor; 2.6 inch capacitive touch screen; QWERTY keypad; 3G and WLAN support – at a price point of €115 (R1,277.65).
- Asha 300: Features the Nokia cloud browser that enables up to 90 percent compression on web-page browsing; a 1GHz processor; 3G support; a 5 megapixel camera; FM radio; and SD card support of up to 32GB. The device will retail for around €85 (R944.35).
- Asha 200: The Asha 200 is a dual SIM phone with easy swap support which allows the second SIM card to be swapped without turning off the device. Also present is 32GB SD card support, and a claimed 52-hour battery life. The device will retail for €60 (R666.60).
- Asha 201: The Asha 201 is the single SIM version of the Asha 200, and will also retail for €60 (R666.60).
The Asha phones are expected to start shipping in the first quarter of 2012.