Nokia debuts cheaper Windows Phone, upstages it with 41MP Symbian phone

Nokia this morning confirmed plans to release a new Windows Phone called the Lumia 610, taking advantages of changes in the Microsoft operating system to target younger people and those in developing countries, including China, with a lower-priced Windows Phone.

But the applause at Nokia’s Mobile World Congress news conference was reserved for the unveiling of the Nokia 808 PureView, a phone with a 41 Megapixel camera. The device runs on Symbian — the smartphone OS that Nokia is shifting away from as it transitions to Windows Phone.

The camera phone, a successor to the Nokia N8, uses a special compression technique that reduces the file size of high-resolution photos.

Nokia says it plans to expand the high-end photo technology to other devices, but it isn’t saying which ones.

The announcements were made at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. In addition to unveiling the Lumia 610, Nokia also announced plans to bring the higher-end Lumia 900 Windows Phone to international markets.

Terry Myerson, the Windows Phone chief, said during the Nokia press conference that the changes — including reducing the memory requirements for Windows Phone — expand the addressable market for Microsoft’s mobile operating system by 60 percent.

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Nokia on the release! I hope there will be a smooth upgrade path from Symbian to Windows Phone 7.5 or newer in the near future.

  • Guest

    “expand the addressable market for Microsoft’s mobile operating system by 60 percent.”

    So what excuse will they come up with next year to explain their continued loss of share?