Nokia might be releasing a Windows 8-based tablet by June 2012 as well as follow up the recently released Windows Phone 7 devices – Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 – with an even better Lumia, says head of Nokia France Paul Amsellem.
If the analogy holds true, this would make Lumia 710, Nokia’s mid-range device, the equivalent of BMW’s Series 3, while the high-end slot in Nokia’s Windows Phone portfolio yet needs to be filled by an upcoming phone.
On the tablet front, Amsellem said Nokia plans to have a tablet running Windows 8 by June 2012. This is interesting since Windows 8 itself doesn’t have a fixed release date yet – all we know is that it’s due to be released sometime in 2012.
Amsellem wouldn’t provide any additional details about the tablet, but it’s nice to know that whenever Microsoft comes up with a new version of its mobile or desktop OS, Nokia plans to be right there to back it up with a piece of hardware.
The phone has a single core 1.4Ghz processor — which is standard for the Windows Phone ecosystem. It has a beautiful 3.7? display that curves seamlessly into its polycarbonate body. The phone has an 8-megapixel rear camera. The phone does not have a front-facing camera, eschewing a trend that most other manufacturers have adopted over the last 18 months. The photos should look great, however, thanks to the Carl Zeiss lens and LED flash. The phone will also record HD video in 720p.
The Lumia 800 has 16GB of internal storage — though like Apple, this storage is not upgradable. Nokia points out that all Windows Phone users have access to 25GB of free cloud storage using Microsoft’s SkyDrive. It also includes all of the built-in connectivity options you would expect, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even an FM radio.
Meanwhile, Nokia released an in-depth documentary providing a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of the company’s flagship Windows Phone handset, the Lumia 800.
The video reveals a couple of details about Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft. “We were side-by-side with the designers and engineers at Microsoft from the day the partnership deal was signed,” says Nokia’s VP of Industrial Design Stefan Pannenbecker.
“This intense collaboration was new to all of us,” he says. Ultimately it paid of, because “people are looking at Nokia with fresh eyes again.”
In the nearly 8-minute long video, Nokia also praises the phone’s antenna performance, taking an indirect jab at Apple. Its iPhone 4 was initially criticized for the antenna, which would experience a significant signal drop when held a certain way.
Nokia, a company known for the quality and precise manufacturing of its products, has lately been strutting its feathers with several in-depth videos such as this one. A recent video provided insight into the making of Nokia N9, Lumia 800?s Maemo-based cousin
Nokia’s new Lumia 800 looks fantastic — easily one of the most impressive Windows Phone devices — yet the Finnish company remains mum on its plans to bring it to the U.S. market, aside from a few cryptic statements alluding to plans to “introduce a portfolio of products in early 2012.” This is a big problem, not just for Nokia, but for Windows Phone as a platform.
I get it. Nokia sees Europe as a more important market than the United States. In fact, research firm Strategy Analytics predicted that the partnership with Nokia could help Microsoftdouble its smartphone market share in Western Europe in 2012. Nokia has long fallen out of favor in North America, but in Europe, the brand still has strength.
Leveraging European strength certainly makes sense, but does that require ignoring America? From my perspective, it appears as if Nokia thinks that success in Europe and success in the U.S. cannot co-exist. Perhaps it’s my North American bias speaking, but I think success can take place in both markets.