Nokia has showcased the first two smartphones in its Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia range as well as four other models for developing markets like Ghana.
The two windows-based phones on display at the ongoing Nokia World event are the Nokia Lumia 800, and Lumia 710, and the range intended for the developing markets are the Nokia Asha 303 and Asha 300, Asha 200 and Asha 201.
Cellular News quoted Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop as saying “eight months ago, we shared our new strategy and today we are demonstrating clear progress of this strategy in action. We’re driving innovation throughout our entire portfolio, from new smartphone experiences to ever smarter mobile phones.”
It said in addition to the new phones, which include coverage for WCDMA and HSPA, Nokia also plans to introduce LTE and CDMA products soon to address specific local market requirements.
Adom News gathered that steps are underway to get the Asha range to Ghana soon, but the Lumia range would not be on sale in Ghana until about first quarter next year.
Nokia has reserved the Lumia range for the European and Asian markets for now.
< b>Nokia Lumia 800
The Nokia Lumia 800 features a 3.7 inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display and a 1.4GHz processor with hardware acceleration and a g raraphics processor. The Nokia Lumia 800 contains an instant-share camera experience based on Carl Zeiss optics, HD video playback, 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB of free SkyDrive storage for storing images and music.
The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 800 will be approximately EUR 420, excluding taxes and subsidies.
The Nokia Lumia 800 is scheduled to roll-out across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK in November. It is scheduled to be available in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year, and in further markets in early 2012.
Nokia Lumia 710
With the same 1.4 GHz processor, hardware acceleration and graphics processor as the Nokia Lumia 800, the Nokia Lumia 710 is a cut-down version of the larger model.
The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 710 will be approximately EUR 270, excluding taxes and subsidies.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is scheduled to be available first in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan toward the end of the year alongside the Nokia Lumia 800, before becoming available in further markets in early 2012.
Nokia Asha 303
The Nokia Asha 303 combines a large 2.6″ capacitive touch screen with a QWERTY keypad. The device harnesses a 1Ghz processor, 3G and WLAN to deliver a fast Internet experience. Social networks, email and IM are at the center of the experience, easily accessible from the homescreen.
The Nokia Asha 303 is powered by the cloud-based Nokia Browser, which by compressing the web by up to 90%, provides higher speeds and a more affordable access to the Internet.
Entertainment and applications are also a core part of the Nokia Asha 303 offering. Angry Birds Lite, the popular mobile game, comes preinstalled, together with support for other globally relevant applications such as Facebook Chat, Whatsapp messaging and the latest release of Nokia Maps for Series 40 (in selected markets).
The estimated retail price for the Nokia Asha 303 will be approximately EUR 115, excluding taxes and subsidies. It is expected to start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Nokia Asha 300
The Nokia Asha 300 is a touch device which also offers the convenience of a keypad. The Nokia Asha 300 has a 1GHz processor and 3G to deliver a faster Internet and social networking experience. The Nokia Browser allows for fast, affordable and localized Internet access by compressing web pages by up to 90%.
Users have fast access to messaging, email and instant messaging from the home screen and can swipe to access apps, music or games from the Nokia Store. The Nokia Asha 300 also arrives preloaded with the popular Angry Birds game.
The Nokia Asha 300 comes with a 5 megapixel camera, a music player, FM radio, Bluetooth connectivity and can handle memory cards up to 32GB.
The estimated retail price for the Nokia Asha 300 will be approximately EUR 85, excluding taxes and subsidies. It is expected to start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Nokia Asha 200
The Nokia Asha 200 is Nokia’s latest dual SIM phone with Easy Swap functionality, allowing consumers to easily change their second SIM without switching the device off.
The phone features integrated social networking, email and IM, adding RenRen, Orkut and Flickr support. Nokia Asha 200 makes it possible to carry thousands of songs with support for 32 GB memory cards and providing a battery for 52-hour playback time.
The estimated retail price for the Nokia Asha 200 will be approximately EUR 60, excluding taxes and subsidies. It is expected to start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Nokia Asha 201
The single SIM version of the Nokia Asha 200. The estimated retail price for the Nokia Asha 201 will be approximately EUR 60, excluding taxes and subsidies. It is expected to start shipping in the first quarter of 2012
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