Nokia rumor roundup: new Windows Phone, Symbian models coming

Nokia logoNokia is gearing up for some big smartphone announcements at Mobile World Congress next week, and not all are related to Windows Phone. In addition to a few Windows Phone handsets, the company is also teasing a camera-centric Symbian phone with one of the largest camera sensors on a mobile phone yet.

First, the Symbian outlier: the Nokia 803 will have a large imaging sensor that will be Nokia's big step up to 1080p video, according to PocketNow. With a 4-inch AMOLED screen, the phone will be an all-touchscreen successor to the Nokia N8, a phone revered for its photo prowess. Nokia's teaser commercial offers little information, but has some 1080p shots of winter scenes.

According to Reuters, one of the Windows Phone handsets from Nokia set to be announced at MWC is a low-cost model, the Lumia 610. Rumors surrounding the phone suggest its specs will be modest (256MB of RAM has been bandied about as one spec point), but the price will also be very low for a smartphone at ₤100 ($157) without a contract.

A global version of the Lumia 900 is also set to be unveiled at MWC. The high-end Windows Phone debuted at CES in January as a US-only, LTE handset with AT&T, and though pricing hasn't been officially announced, its on-contract price is speculated to be between $100 and $150.

A third Windows Phone device, the Lumia 719, is also rumored to appear at the show. A leaked document at Unwired Review shows the phone's detailed specs are the same as the Lumia 710 (3.7-inch Clear Black display, 5-megapixel camera), and its target regions are Asia, North America, and South America. Details are scant, so it's hard to divine how the 719 might fit into Nokia's current lineup, but it's possible the 719 may be a CDMA version of the 710.

Windows Phone has made a tiny bit of headway in the US, constituting 2.4 percent of fall 2011's smartphone purchases according to a Nielsen study. But the re-introduction of Nokia to the country, at long last, could boost the platform even further: according to estimates reported in the New York Times, the Lumia 800 drove Windows Phone's market share up from 0.4 to 2.2 percent in London, and the phone has enjoyed similar success in Austria and Germany.

The Times report points out that the Lumia 800 may have enjoyed some extra success due to the free Xbox 360 offered with every new two-year contract. Still, the arrival of Nokia smartphones in a full range of prices in the US could multiply the platform's share in the same way.

Mobile World Congress will run from February 27 to March 1 in Barcelona, Spain.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Nokia, smartphones, Symbian

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