Nokia’s mobile phone assets became a part of Microsoft Mobile, a new subsidiary of Microsoft based in Finland this year. Until now, we heard more rumors about the end of the Nokia brand in favor of Microsoft Lumia, but until October 21, 2014, Microsoft has officially announced to The Verge this change.
That change means, that we will can’t see any more Nokia Lumia devices on the markets. First country where Microsoft Lumia will be available is France. That means that in this country Microsoft will change the Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts.
The brand Nokia, won’t completely disappear, the Finnish company continuing to focus on mapping and network infrastructure, but don`t expect to see `Nokia` printed on any handsets.
Good news for Indian market, Nokia will brings soon two of most popular versions of their smartphones, Nokia Lumia 1320 and Lumia 525.
Nokia Lumia 525 features a 4-inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 480×800 pixels resolution (233 PPI density). Lumia 525 comes with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB internal storage that can be expanded via a microSD card up to 64 GB. The connectivity is assured by Wi-Fi b/g/n (Wi-Fi hotspot available), Bluetooth 4.0 (with A2DP), and microUSB 2.0. The principal camera has 5-megapixels, autofocus and it’s capable to record videos at 720p resolution with 30 frames per second. No front-face camera for Lumia 525. The engine of Lumia 525 is a dual core CPU with 1 GHz frequency. The battery of Lumia 525 is BL-5J and has a 1430 mAh capacity. According to Nokia, this battery is capable to play about 48 hours of music.
Nokia Lumia 1320 phablet is the high-end device from Nokia at this moment. Lumia 1320 has a 6-inches IPS capacitive touchscreen with 720×1280 pixels resolution (245 PPI density). The protection is assured by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Lumia 1320 has same internal capacity like Lumia 525 and same RAM memory. The connectivity is also same. Same camera, but with 1080p video recording. The CPU is dual-core and its frequency is 1.7 GHz. The OS is Windows Phone 8 Black. The battery of Lumia 1320 has a huge capacity, 3400 mAh. According to Nokia, you can listen about 98 hours of music.
Both smartphones will be available with and without contract plan. The price for Nokia Lumia 1320 is expected to be 399$ (20.998 INR). For little brother, Lumia 525, the fixed price will be about $199 (12.332 INR) without contract.
The release date of Lumia 525 and Lumia 1320 in India is January 2014.
In a period in which Nokia is far from had a good quarter or a symbolic increase in turnover, was only a matter of time before many people lost their job.
The company said it will lay off 4.000 employees – 7 percent of global power production in a trend to optimize production process and decrease your expenses. According to the communique released yesterday, February 8, factories affected by the layoffs will be Komarom in Hungary, Reynosa from Mexico and Salo in Finland.
These layoffs come after a transfer of production to Asia on the grounds that these factories are located closer to parts manufacturers.
Trying to provide a reason for this dramatic movement, Niklas Savander, SVP in charge of smartphones at Nokia’s board, said that moving production centers in Asia mainly aims of the project reducing production time and delivery of new smartphones to end users. “Working closely with manufacturers of parts we think we will be able to introduce innovations to market more quickly, and soon will become more competitive.”
To do justice to the number of redundancies in the total number of employees in factories mentioned above, consider that the 4.400 employees in Hungary will be forced to leave in 2300, from 1.000 employees in Mexico will go 700, the 1.700 employees in Salo, Finland will leave 1000.
Production will move to factories in Masan, South Korea and Beijing, while small factories Hungary, Mexico and Finland will focus mainly on software and interface applications preinstalled on the phone location.
After announcing the release of the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 Windows Phones together with their specs and availability regions plus dates, Nokia had some dissapointed fans as it was first said it would be no American availability. However, recent reports state that T-Mobile will have the Lumia 710 among its phones, with codename “Sword” wearing both white and black coats. This is expected to happen quite soon as same reports claim the smartphone will arrive to the U.S. market in January.
Nokia Lumia 710, a Windows Mango 7.5 phone, features a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor, 512 MB of RAM and 8GB internal storage with microSD card slot that supports up to 24GB for storage extension.
The respectable mid-range handset provides a 3.7-inch 800×480 ClearBlack LCD, a 5 MP auto-focus camera with LED flash and 720p video capture. The phone weighting 126g, with 119×62.4×12.5 mm dimension and 1300 mAh battery (which supports 7.6 hours 3G talk time, 400 hours maximum 3G stand by) also provides WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, micro – USB connector and a charging port.
Nokia has announced a new Symbian^3 device called Nokia 500, which will be available in 6 great colors. Also, the new 500 is the first Nokia device powered by a 1GHz processor.
Nokia 500 runs on the Symbian^3 OS version called Anna. The Anna’s OS offer a refreshed UI, a better browser and split-screen messaging. Nokia 500 smartphone comes with the latest version of Nokia Maps app for free drive and walk navigation.
The hardware specification of Nokia 500 devices features a 1 GHz processor, 2GB storage plus maximum 32GB if you use a microSD card. The camera has 5 megapixels, and is capable to record videos at VGA resolution with 15fps. The battery of Nokia 500 has 1110 mAh and offers 5-7 hours talk time, 450+ hours in standby or up to 35 hours of music play.
About connectivity, Nokia 500 offers pentaband radio coverage, 3G data up to HSUPA speeds. There’s also Bluetooth v2.1 and Wi-Fi b/g. The phone measures 111.3 x 53.8 x 14.1mm and weighs 93g – lighter than any other Symbian^3 phone to date.
About colors, all future customers of Nokia 500 will be able to change the back cover with one of the six changeable parts which are available. The colors available for Nokia 500 are: Black/White with covers in Black, Azure Blue, Coral Red, Purple, Khaki, Orange, Green, Pink and Silver.