Barclays says Nokia’s Windows Phones can compete with the iPhone
Nokia’s new Windows Phone handsets are priced to sell, and some analysts are impressed with what they’ve seen so far. A team from Barclays Capital on Thursday said Nokia’s first round of Windows Phones aren’t quite as differentiated as they would have liked, but they are priced competitively. “We believe [Nokia’s] devices will be competitive in the marketplace from both hardware and pricing standpoints,” the Barclays team wrote in a note to investors. “Nokia in fact highlighted that pricing tariffs for the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 will be one notch cheaper than the iPhone 4S across all launch markets.”
The analysts were also impressed by the number of carriers supporting the devices across launch markets, Barron’s reports. “We have been positively surprised by the large number of operators involved (an average of 5 per country where the device will be launched in Western Europe this quarter),” they wrote.
Nokia unveiled its Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 smartphones earlier this week, and preliminary reactions were positive. The high-end Nokia Lumia 800 offers a sleek unibody case and a sharp AMOLED display atop a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 16GB of storage and an 8-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics. The mid-level Nokia Lumia 710 features the same display and chipset along with a 5-megapixel camera, 8GB of storage and swappable brightly-colored battery covers.
Barclays analysts conclude in their note that future Windows Phones from Nokia should offer more differentiation, and future software updates could be key. Nokia’s Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 launch next month across several markets, though they will not hit U.S. shores until some time next year.
Nokia’s Jo Harlow: Windows Phone is ‘easier, faster and a hell of a lot more fun’
Microsoft’s Ben Rudolph sat down with Nokia product boss Jo Harlow during the Nokia World conference this week to get her take on the Finnish vendor’s first two Windows Phones, the Lumia 710 and the Lumia 800.
With the release of the newest and coolest smartphone to date, the iPhone 4S, with box office-busting sales of 4 million in its first weekend, now seems a good time to evaluate our reliance on such devices. When exactly did the telephone become such a symbol of status and the epitome of zeitgeist-grabbing chic? It’s come a long way since 1983’s Motorola DynaTAC, commonly regarded as the world’s first truly mobile telephone. That handset, which looked as though it had been made from gypsum and poured concrete, would have made your wallet £3,995 lighter - or almost $20,000 lighter in today’s terms - and not an app in sight!
Microsoft exec: Windows Phone is the cure for iPhone’s monotony, Android’s chaos
Windows Phone boss Andy Lees sees the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system as the answer to big problems facing iOS and Android, the two most popular mobile operating systems on the planet. In an interview with The Seattle Times, Lees pitched Windows Phone 7.5 — affectionately known as “Mango” — as the answer to consumers’ prayers. “Over the next 12, 18, 24 months, I can see a lot of stars lining up,” Lees said of Microsoft’s emerging mobile platform.