Nokia lining up low-cost Lumia to target cheap iPhone?

Nokia lining up low-cost Lumia to target cheap iPhone?

Time for our second hit of Nokia rumours for the day, the first of which was speculation that the aluminium chassis we thought was the Nokia EOS' body is potentially the shell of a much larger device instead.

That's expected to be the much-debated Nokia phablet due to launch in Q4, but by then we could have another new Lumia on the scene – an aggressively designed handset aimed directly at the rumoured low-cost iPhone.

NokiaPowerUser reckons the device in question will boast a design reminiscent of the Lumia 720, but “with minor tweaks”, those being potentially a slimmer profile and lower weight.

As for the display, we're talking a 4.7in WXGA AMOLED, while the chipset will be the same 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 SoC found inside the Lumia 920 at present.

Camera-wise we're told to expect an 8MP Carl Zeiss-lensed snapper offering f/1.9 aperture but no OIS, while the aggressive pricing will see Nokia quietly nudge the Lumia 82X range out of the Nokia lineup.

It's interesting to see the low-cost iPhone identified as a target point, firstly because of the speculation that still surrounds Apple's plans, but also because Nokia's Lumia strategy thus far hasn't really involved handsets aimed at specific rivals, never mind one with the pull of the iPhone (low-cost or otherwise).

The same source also says Nokia's actually got two phablets in the works. The first, set to land in September-October, will have a screen in the 5in-5.6in area and will feature a Lumia 925-grade camera.

In February 2014, however, we'll see a bigger 6in effort that'll boast that fancy-pants 16-lens “computational photography” array we heard about last month. Nice.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 17, 2013 at 20:19

What a load of nonsense... How about some more info about the iWatch launch at WWDC? :p
Half the Lumia models currently available cost what? A quarter of what the cheapest EXISTING iPhone costs... And the rumour mill still hasn't decided if the 'cheap' iPhone will be a budget 4/4S or some mythical 4.XX-incher....
The Lumia 720, 820 and 920 are all cheaper than the iPhone 5, and with the 925, 928 and 'EOS' around the corner those prices will come down.

Did I just argue with a rumour? D'oh!


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