If Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) is truly going down as a smartphone handset company, it sure seems like it will go down in a blaze of glory. It certainly isn’t acting like a company on its last legs, just waiting for the other shoe to drop. It is continuing to roll out devices in various countries and sending out invitations to “big announcement” events coming in the next few days.
Yep, if Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) is going irrelevant, it will be he most relevant irrelevancy known in tech, based on recent news.
First, we go to England, where Nokia is planning an announcement event for Tuesday in London. There is much speculation about whether this will be a single-product launch or a series of products, but talk is flowing that this even will be the official unveiling of the much-ballyhooed Lumia 928 handset (photo tease at left), which has been called a Lumia 920 on steroids that will be carried exclusively by Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ).
However, there is also some speculation that this event will also herald the arrival of a rumored Lumia EOS model which may sport a 41-megapixel PureView camera sensor, similar to the PureView that was introduced on the old Nokia 808 that ran on the Symbian operating system. Nokia is not saying anything other than what it posted on its invitation, which asked recipients to “see what’s next.”
The next stop we take around the world with Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) is to a former territory of the United Kingdom, India, where Nokia has a special event set for Thursday, May 16. Nokia has been looking to upgrade its mobile and mid-range smartphone lines to remain competitive in the emerging markets of India, China and others.
It began that process with the launch of the Asha 210 last month, and now the company is teasing this new event by asking invitees if they “want to add some color to your week.” The hint is a yellow background with a black running-track oval shape. The suggestion here is that this is the unveiling of a new feature phone, or at least an upgrade to past feature phones – perhaps not of the Asha line, since the Asha 210 was unveiled in yellow a couple weeks ago.
Last but not least is a more current report for Nokia Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:NOK) out of Canada, where the Lumia 520 handset is finally making it onto store shelves there. The handset is one of three currently that run the Windows Phone 8 operating system by Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). The phone has a 5-megapixel camera, Bluetooth connectivity and a 1GHz processor with 8 GB of internal storage and microSD capacity for up to 64 GB. Three major wireless carriers in Canada – Rogers, Telus and Koodo – are all carrying the device for as low as $149, or free with a two- or three-year commitment.
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