by Anton Shilov
02/22/2012 | 10:47 PM
Nokia Corp. intends to introduce an inexpensive Nokia Lumia smartphone powered by Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" operating system at the Mobile World Congress trade-show next week in Barcelona, Spain. The novelty will show whether customers desire affordable Windows Phone handsets in general.
Nokia, a struggling maker of smartphones, but still the largest maker of mobile phones in the world, will reveal Nokia Lumia 610, the first inexpensive Windows Phone-based device from Nokia on February 27, 2012, reports Reuters news-agency citing two independent sources. The handset will likely run WP 7.5 "Mango" OS, but it is possible that it will be powered by WP "Tango" platform. At the MWC trade-show the company will also unleash global version of the high-end Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone with 4G/LTE support.
The Lumia 610 and Lumia 900 mobile phones are critically important models for both Nokia and Microsoft as they are going to show whether customers globally are eager to buy inexpensive and costly Windows Phone smartphones in general. Affordable and expensive handsets define success of brands and in the case of WP, the success of the platform itself. People usually compare high-end devices to determine technology leader and then choose between low-cost and mid-range models considering various aspects, but keeping in mind the high-end.
Microsoft Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" operating system is installed on less than 2% of smartphones globally. Nokia's smartphone market share in Q4 2011 was down to less than 20% as the company decided to switch from its Symbian platform to Windows Phone.
Nokia and Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.