Published September 5, 2012 | 12:47 pm
New York: Nokia Oyj unveiled two smartphones using Microsoft Corp.’s new Windows Phone software, to win back sales lost to the iPhone and Android handset makers.
The Lumia 920 has a 4.5-inch (11-cm) screen and an 8.7- megapixel camera with a floating lens that uses software for image stabilization, Nokia Chief Executive Officer Stephen Elop said at a news conference in New York. The more pocket-friendly,Lumia 820, whose screen measures 4.3 inches, has an 8-megapixel camera without the optics software.It comes with a removable battery and swappable colour shells. Both will go on sale in the fourth quarter of this year.
Nokia, whose credit rating was cut to junk this year by the three biggest rating companies, has announced more than 20,000 job cuts and closed production and research sites in an attempt to put the company on profitable footing.
The Lumia 920, is the first proper Nokia Windows phone, and is powered by Windows Phone 8. Its looks may be misleading: behind the ho-hum hardware design, which has failed to set the world on fire so far, it has the most impressive set of features.
Nokia wouldn’t reveal prices or launch dates, except that “selected markets” would get it in Q4.