The latest Nielsen survey confirms one of the major smartphone trends of 2012: That the Windows Phone operating system showed remarkable strength in India even before the new wave of Nokia (NOK) and HTC (2498) models launched in January. According to Nielsen, Windows Phone grabbed 8% of India’s smartphone market last autumn, far ahead of BlackBerry (BBRY) at 3% and iPhone at 1%. More →
Nokia (NOK) has started pricing the Lumia 620 in Asia nearly 20% below the rival Windows mid-market model, the HTC (2498) 8S. This is remarkably aggressive considering the 620 has a higher pixel density and twice as much internal memory. The 620 is the keystone phone for Nokia. It is launching before RIM (RIMM) gets its new budget BlackBerry phones out and before Samsung (005930) or LG (066570) enter the mid-priced Windows phone market. This is the phone that will make or break Nokia’s summer. More →
Nokia (NOK) announced on Wednesday it’s adding another Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia device to the family in Q1 2013: the Lumia 620. Unlike the flagship Lumia 920 and mid-range Lumia 820, the Lumia 620 can be considered an entry-level device. The Lumia 620 has a 3.8-inch TFT screen with 800 x 480 resolution, 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD card), 1,300mAh battery, five-megapixel rear cam with LED flash, VGA-resolution front cam, NFC and Bluetooth 3.0. With its interchangeable shells, users can mix and match with seven different colors. Nokia will launch the Lumia 620 in Asia first, then Europe and the Middle East for $249 without any subsidies. Nokia’s press release follow below.