Nokia has announced 6 new devices, 2 of which are smartphones carrying the Windows Phone 7 OS. The other 4 are lower-end devices aimed at the emerging markets, which are Nokia’s strongest these days.
Nokia officially revealed all the devices at Nokia World 2011, and they include the Lumia 800, Nokia’s WP7 flagship device, the Lumia 710, which is meant to be a more affordable option, but still runs WP7, and the 4 lower-end devices which will run the Series 40 OS.
The Windows Phone OS, which is a relatively new player in the smartphone field, includes IE9 mobile as its browser, MS Office, the Windows Phone Marketplace and SkyDrive access, among other features. With Nokia, the system also includes Nokia-specific apps such as Nokia Drive, the company’s navigation system and Nokia Music (which are pre-installed in the Lumia 800).
The new devices are available for pre-order in France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and UK, and will ship in November. They should be available in Russia, Singapore, India and Hong Kong by the end of the year. The US market, as it seems, will only see these new devices in 2012. Time will tell whether Nokia’s decision to partner with Microsoft will help dig it out of the hole it’s been in, at least regarding the smartphone market.
What do you think of the new devices? Any plans to run out and get them, or will you not take the risk just yet? Do you think putting the Windows Phone 7 OS on their phones was a good move?