What a day filled with Nokia-related news items this is! And now we get the biggest of them all. PocketNow claims that it has received word about all of Nokia’s upcoming phone announcements that will be made during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in exactly two weeks.
Two Windows Phones will be unveiled then. The Nokia Lumia 900 will get its international launch, after being so far limited to AT&T in the US, and there will be a new entry-level Windows Phone called the Lumia 610 too. This may or may not be the Lumia 730 we heard about earlier (names can easily change, after all). Though that device’s 8 MP camera can hardly be called ‘entry-level’ even in this day and age, so perhaps the Lumia 610 is an entirely new design. If so, it will probably be the cheapest Nokia Windows Phone yet (its name seems to suggest that too). And if that will be the case, then it will surely run Windows Phone Tango, the newest iteration of Microsoft’s mobile OS, which brings support for lower-end hardware. Which the Nokia Lumia 610 should have, supposedly. So there’s your full circle.
As for the Lumia 900, since it will be launched bearing the same name, we don’t expect it to be any different than AT&T’s version, save for the probable exclusion of LTE support, since that technology isn’t particularly prevalent outside of the US just yet.
The famous successor to the Nokia N8 will also be unveiled during MWC. This camera flagship will be called the Nokia 808 PureView, and it’s quite clear that its camera will be its main feature. This device will run Symbian, just like we previously told you it would. That has to be because Windows Phone still can’t handle all of Nokia’s high-end imaging magic – there’s no other plausible reason, plain and simple.
Recent rumors and mumblings across the blogosphere said that this would be the last Symbian smartphone to be launched by Nokia. In that case, it surely will be quite the swan song for that particular operating system. Belle will probably be on board the 808, or maybe Nokia will surprise us with an even newer version (if there will ever be one, of course). We’ll see.
We’ve seen a purported sketch of the 808 PureView in December (when we thought it would arrive as the 803), and it certainly packs quite a hump for that camera, so it’s bound to be good – also seeing as how the N8 is still the world’s cameraphone king even today, after more than a year from its release.
Nokia will also announce three S40 phones at MWC – the Asha 302, Asha 203, and Asha 202. The Asha 302 was leaked earlier as the successor to the C3, and it will probably be Nokia’s cheapest QWERTY phone ever. As for the other two Asha phones, your guess is as good as ours at this point.
So there you have it. The summary of Nokia’s upcoming device launches. All of this is certainly pretty plausible, but this is a rumor after all, so treat it accordingly.