Samsung take note? Come on Chris...

Samsung take note? Come on Chris...

Just yesterday Nokia boss Stephen Elop was reported as telling us Mother Espoo is “near term” as it gets ready to give birth to its next Windows Phone 8-flavoured Lumia lovechild (we'll stop short of any references to being fathered by Steve Ballmer, this is a family blog y'know).

Anyhoo, further down in that piece I was saying that nobody expected it to be a head-on challenger to the likes of the Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III, but clearly I was wrong: Nokia VP Chris Weber does.

Taking to everyone's favourite soapbox Twitter, Weber dished up a one-liner warning Nokia's rivals that Lumia Time is on it's way: “Samsung take note, next generation Lumia coming soon”.

Samsung no doubt has already taken note, despite spending the last six months doing exactly what Nokia hasn't been, which is announcing new smartphones and tablets left, right and centre.

In fact, even taking Weber's trash-talking tweet as a starting point, by the time Nokia World rolls around on September 5 (which is when we presume Nokia's Windows Phone 8 debutant will be announced), Samsung will have held two events of its own. One was yesterday's Galaxy Note 10.1 unveiling and the second is now certain to be the Galaxy Note 2 “phablet” launch at the end of the month, where we're also likely to see the black Galaxy S III touch down for good measure.

That's not to say Weber shouldn't be excited about what Nokia is doing. If he isn't, executive VP of sales and marketing really is the wrong job, but for pretty much a year now Nokia has been promising big things from its Lumia devices and so far delivered not much more than promise.

Calling out Samsung ahead of the Lumia Apollo range's debut is simply stupid: the Koreans deserve to be where they are, and the Galaxy S II and Galaxy S III are superb phones. There's no shame at all in not quite being in the same class, but there is in getting so carried away by your excitement that you show no class at all.

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 16, 2012 at 20:14

Nokia's performance on Twitter is at times scandalous. Their support accounts are not too shabby, but when it comes to PR or taking on Tomi Ahonen things get very cringy, indeed.
After the disastrous launch of the Lumia 900, Nokia should try the "quietly brilliant" approach.
Also: relaunch the N950 to the general public :p

Pondlife  Aug. 16, 2012 at 20:29

If they get outsold on wp8 by Samsung's wp8 phones he best go into hiding.

matt101101 / MOD  Aug. 16, 2012 at 20:43

The irony is, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (which is meant to be a very niche device, Samsung only expected to sell 2 million of the original, not 10 million) will likely outsell whatever Nokia release at their Nokia World event, anyway.

Hermanvdb  Aug. 18, 2012 at 00:42

If you had done your homework then you know whats coming 5 september. There are only a couple of imagesensor manufacturers on this planet. GS3, iPhone alle use the same Image Sensor of Sony. Nokia has its own!!! They are already working for more then a year to bring this to Windows Phone. The Lumia 900 was just a another case around an Kin2 of Microsoft. So this will be the real deal. A real Nokia Camera Phone with PureView, better as the unbeaten N8.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 18, 2012 at 08:39

If you had done your homework then you know whats coming 5 september. There are only a couple of imagesensor manufacturers on this planet. GS3, iPhone alle use the same Image Sensor of Sony. Nokia has its own!!! They are already working for more then a year to bring this to Windows Phone. The Lumia 900 was just a another case around an Kin2 of Microsoft. So this will be the real deal. A real Nokia Camera Phone with PureView, better as the unbeaten N8.
Some Nokia head said only last week that it'll be at least a year before Pureview will come to WP/Lumia... Were you alluding to PV? If not: sorry, my bad.

Pondlife  Aug. 18, 2012 at 13:12

Given mentioning pureview in last line I'd guess hermanvdb was.
If they could get it ready this soon there seems even less point to launching the 808.
The Note comment could reference the oversized phone...

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