Nokia World is the company’s annual event for customers, partners and developers.
At this years event, they took the opportunity to introduce their new range of Windows Phones, the Nokia Lumia as well as its new Asha range of S40 devices.
Stephen Elop presents the Lumia 800.
We’ll start with the Windows phones.
Nokia Lumia 800
Externally, the 800 shares the same polycarbonate body as the Nokia N9.
Unlike the N9 which has no buttons on the front of the device, the Lumia has 3 capacitive keys on the front, necessary for operations of the Windows Phone OS
It is available in cyan, magenta and black and features Nokias best social and Internet performance, with one-touch social network access, easy grouping of contacts, integrated communication threads and Internet Explorer 9.
It features a 3.7 inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display blending seamlessly into the reduced body design.
The real news for us at the E63 club is the 1.4 GHz snapdragon single core processor with hardware acceleration and a graphics processor.
This is currently one of the most powerful processors on the market promising amazing everyday performance on the device.
The Nokia Lumia 800 has an 8 megapixel AUTOFOCUS (Hallelujah! They’ve stopped putting fixed focus cameras in high end devices!! ) camera with Carl Zeiss optics, HD video playback, 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB of free SkyDrive storage for storing images and music.
It also features an Xbox Live hub for gaming and Outlook Mobile for secure corporate e-mail.
The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 800 will be approximately 420 EUR [ approx Ksh. 59,000/=], excluding taxes and subsidies.
The full datasheet for the Lumia 800 is available for download here.
Nokia Lumia 710
The Lumia 710 is the “wananchi” version of the 800. It has the same 1.4 GHz processor, hardware acceleration and graphics processor as the Nokia Lumia 800, but has a smaller internal memory (8GB vs 16GB on the 800) and a 5 megapixel camera (the 800 has an 8MP shooter) all enclosed in a slightly bigger body.
The Nokia Lumia 710 is built to deliver high performance at an affordable price.
Nokia Lumia 710
Unlike its big brother, it can be personalized with exchangeable back covers. The Nokia Lumia 710 is designed for instant social & image sharing, and the best browsing experience with IE9. It is available in black and white with black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow back covers.
The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 710 will be approximately 270 EUR [approx Shs. 38,000/=], excluding taxes and subsidies.
The full datasheet for the Lumia 710 is available for download here.
Both smartphones include signature Nokia experiences optimized for Windows Phone, including Nokia Drive, which delivers free, turn-by-turn navigation with a dedicated in-car-user-interface and Nokia Music which introduces MixRadio, a free, global, mobile music-streaming application that delivers hundreds of channels of locally-relevant music.
In an update that will be delivered later this year, Lumia users will also gain the ability to create personalized channels from a global catalogue of millions of tracks.
Also integrated in Nokia Music is Gigfinder, an app that provides the ability to search for live local music, share discoveries on social networks and buy concert tickets.
The Asha Range
In line with Nokias strategy to reach the next billion, Nokia introduced its new Asha range of mobile phones. Derived from the Hindi word for ‘hope’ – Asha , according to the press statement, ”signifies Nokia’s focus on positive user experiences and connecting millions of people to new opportunities that help them reach their aspirations”
We assume those millions include us Kenyans, so here are the devices
Nokia Asha 303
First up, the 303.
The Nokia Asha 303 combines a large 2.6 capacitive touch screen with a high quality QWERTY keypad. Its powered by a 1Ghz processor, which will offer fabulous performace but is a rather odd choice given Nokias S40 operating system doesn’t support multitasking.
The device also features 3G and WLAN for a fast Internet experience.
As with any recent Nokia device, Social networks, email and IM are at the center of the experience, easily accessible from the homescreen.
Internet access on the 303 is powered by the cloud-based Nokia Browser, an Opera Mini alternative which by compressing the web by up to 90%, provides higher speeds and a more affordable access to the Internet.
The massive processor is a plus for those who will use the device for gaming. We are pleased to note Angry Birds is available on the device.
The 303 will also have, pre-installed, 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 115 EUR [approx. Shs. 16,000/=], excluding taxes and subsidies. It is expected to start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2011.
The full datasheet for the Asha 303 is available for download here.
Nokia Asha 300
Next up, the Asha 300.
Nokia Asha 300
According to Nokia, the Asha 300 is “a touch device which also offers the convenience of a keypad”.
The Nokia Asha 300 has a powerful 1GHz processor and 3G to deliver a faster Internet and social networking experience.
It also has the Nokia Browser for fast, affordable and localized Internet access.
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 Angry Birds Lite and features a 5 megapixel camera, a music player, FM radio and Bluetooth connectivity. It can handle memory cards up to 32GB
The estimated retail price for the Nokia Asha 300 will be approximately 85 EUR [approx. Shs. 12,000/=], excluding taxes and subsidies. It is expected to start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2011
The full datasheet for the Asha 300 is available for download here.
Nokia Asha 200
The 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.
Nokia Asha 200 range
It is a fun and colorful QWERTY phone designed to meet the needs of young, urban consumers who want to constantly stay in touch.
The Nokia Asha 200 features integrated social networking, email and IM,
The 200 can carry thousands of songs with support for 32 GB memory cards and provides a battery for an amazing 52-hour playback time.
The estimated retail price for the Nokia Asha 200 will be approximately 60 EUR [approx. Shs. 8,500/=], excluding taxes and subsidies. It is expected to start shipping in the fourth quarter of 2011.
The full datasheet for the Asha 200 is available for download here.
Nokia Asha 201
The single SIM version of the Nokia Asha 200, the 201 is ideal for young consumers who wish to stay socially connected, are price conscious and like listening to music.
The Nokia Asha 201 has great music features including a high performing loudspeaker, enhanced stereo FM radio and ringtone tuning. With the Nokia Browser you get even faster, even better and more affordable access to the Internet.
It supports up to 32 GB memory cards and provides a battery for 52 hours of music playback time. The Nokia Asha 201 also supports push email as well as the popular Whatsapp messaging app.
The estimated retail price for the Nokia Asha 201 will be approximately 60 EUR [approx. Shs. 8,500/=], excluding taxes and subsidies. It is expected to start shipping in the first quarter of 2012.
The full datasheet for the Asha 201 is available for download here.
That’s its for now in terms of devices.
We will continue our coverage of Nokia World throughout the week in future posts.
In our opinion, the Future is bright for Nokia.