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Nokia to Introduce Budget Smartphones During MWC

by Todd Haselton | February 22, 2013February 22, 2013 10:00 am PDT


The world’s largest mobile trade show kicks off early next week, and Nokia’s likely going to take the stage and introduce its latest Windows Phone devices. While we’re expecting a few high-end handsets, possibly headed to Verizon and AT&T, new information suggests the Finnish phone maker will also introduce budget-friendly phones to tackle competitors in emerging markets.

Reuters said Nokia’s goal is to “expand its focus” instead of trying to tackle Apple and Samsung directly in the high-end market. The new smartphones will run Microsoft’s latest Windows Phone 8 operating system, and earlier rumors suggest the company will use the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520 monikers.

Nokia used to have a strong grip on emerging markets with its older Symbian-based devices, but it lost much of its market share in the past several years as Samsung and Apple gained popularity. It will no doubt face increasing¬†competition from Samsung’s new REX feature phones¬†and Apple’s rumored plastic iPhone, too.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...