The “rolling thunder” campaign continued, and at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nokia announced the Lumia 900 which was to be the flagship device for the North American market – with features like a larger screen, (excellent) front camera, LTE, etc. This device made it three devices released within a year of announcing their new ecosystem strategy.
At the MWC press conference, Nokia announced their fourth device in the Lumia line, the Lumia 610. This device is a low-end phone running the latest version of the Windows Phone OS (codenamed Tango), which has been engineered to support lowered chassis specification, specifically with memory limited to 256MB. The device is expected to retail for € 189 before taxes and subsidies, which is an incredibly low price for a smartphone. This device is also going to be a featured device for Nokia’s Windows Phone entry into China, an obviously huge market opportunity. Paul Paliath has covered the Lumia 610 and Tango here on Techie Buzz.
Nokia Lumia 710
Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia Lumia 900
So, in about one year Nokia has gone from zero Windows Phones to four Windows Phones covering the entire pricing spectrum from the extremely low-end to the high-end. Their marketing is clearly working because people are in fact buying Nokia phones. The strategy is deliberate, albeit slow. Among all the device makers, Nokia seems to be the one which is putting the most thought in designing the hardware, and building the specialized software (like Nokia Drive, Nokia Transport, Nokia Reader, etc.) for Windows Phone.
The market potential is there, since smartphones are still a tiny percentage of the total number of phones sold in the world and despite the huge gains made by iPhone and Android, we are still in early days. Does Nokia have enough of a differentiation and discipline in execution to win back some of the huge market share losses they have incurred over the past few years? Can they steer the Windows Phone ship into a position of being a healthy #3 ecosystem?
As a Windows Phone enthusiast and one who likes to root for the underdog, I sure hope they can!
All images from Nokia Press (http://press.nokia.com)