Straight off the back of yesterday’s Windows Phone 8 launch in San Francisco (opens in new tab), Nokia has said its new flagship Lumia smartphones will appear in some European markets for the first time this week.
The Lumia 820 and 920 are among the early headline grabbing phones to be running Microsoft’s new mobile software and are also greatly significant for Nokia itself. The firm’s sixth straight quarterly financial loss (opens in new tab), posted earlier this month, was symptomatic of the downward spiral the once dominant manufacturer finds itself in, leaving great pressure on the Lumias to arrest the slump.
According to Reuters (opens in new tab) the fight-back will begin this week, with the UK set to be one of the first Lumia recipients alongside France, with Russia, Germany and then the US expected to start selling the phones in the coming weeks.
The Nokia Lumia 920 has been available for pre-order at around £470 (opens in new tab) but the 820, set to come in at a lower price point, has not had its cost announced. Both devices sport dual-core processors clocked at 1.5GHz, have NFC support, wireless charging, and will run on EE’s new high speed 4G network – which has begun rolling out this week (opens in new tab). There are some notable differences to be had between the two models however, and a full specs comparison (opens in new tab) has already been drawing in Lumia suitors on the site.
Will these Windows Phones have enough in the locker to claw back Nokia’s dwindling market share (opens in new tab)?