Nokia Lumia 925, other phones launched in SA

Nokia announced that their Nokia Lumia 925, Nokia Asha 210, and Nokia Lumia 625 phones will be available in South Africa from the week of 9 September 2013.

The Nokia Lumia 925 includes advanced lens technology and imaging software, as well as the Nokia Smart Camera app. The slim, metal cased device features a special metal band design to boost the phone’s antenna, with the promise of reduced dropped calls. The 925 also ships with a cover and wireless charging pad.

The Nokia Lumia 625 is an affordable LTE smartphone with a the largest screen on a Lumia device at 4.7-inch. The phone features a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and a 2,000mA battery. The Nokia Lumia 625 will be available in South Africa in white and black.

Branjes said that all the showcased devices will be made available to South African network operators, and no exclusivity deals have currently been made.

“Consumers want their devices on their favourite network, so they will be made available to Cell C, Vodacom, MTN and Telkom Mobile – whether they take stock of them is perhaps a question you should ask the operators,” he said.

The Nokia Asha 210 is an affordable QWERTY device with a dedicated Facebook button and access to messaging apps like WhatsApp, WeChat and Line. IT will be available in a range of colours including white, black, yellow, cyan and magenta.

  • Nokia Lumia 925 estimated retail price: R8,999.
  • Nokia Lumia 625 estimated retail price: R3,499.
  • Nokia Asha 210 estimated retail price: R999.

The Nokia 208 will launch locally in October. The 208 is described as a “classic mobile phone” in the familiar “Candybar” design.

  • Nokia 208 estimated retail price :R899.

Nokia announced one more device – the 41 megapixel Lumia 1020 – which will be hitting South African retailers in November. The retail price will likely only be revealed in October.

The 1020 places a big emphasis on the phone’s camera capabilities, offering consumers the tools to take professional-quality photos.

Nokia launches new phone range in SA

Speaking at the new phones’ launch event in Sandton was Nokia Vice President of South and East Africa, Gerard Brandjes, and Nokia head of Product Marketing, Smart Devices, Ifi Majid.

Branjes said that Lumia smartphone uptake in the country is growing, and revealed that the Windows Phone app store had hit 170,000 apps, while the Nokia store had reached 150,000 content items.

Brandjes put emphasis on bringing more of Nokia’s Asha range to Africa, saying that the series of lower-end devices had benefited from gaining high end features of the company’s Lumia range.

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