Chinese online retailer JD.com is now listing the Nokia Lumia 1520 for pre-order for 4,999 Yuan ($820/€606), which seems a reasonable starting price for the massive 6 inch quadcore handset.
The smartphone will be available in Red, Yellow, Black, and White, and it is expected to begin shipping in December.
ePrice.com.cn has earlier priced the handset similarly, suggesting this will be the official price at retail.
See the handset at JD.com here.
Nokia is expected to approve the sale of their Devices and Services division to Microsoft in the shareholder meeting scheduled for later today. It seems some of the Nokia employees are not happy over this decision. Nokia Dongguan factory employees in China are protesting this deal between Nokia and Microsoft. They are expecting to receive some compensation in the process. Nokia China confirmed the protests and informed that actual factory work is not getting affected by it.
Unwiredview reported that the poster among protesting employees in the above image means “We do not sell, we have dignity and human rights”. I don’t understand why they are not happy over Microsoft’s acquisition because Microsoft is much stronger company financially over Nokia and it can pay them better.
Speaking to the Financial Times, He Shiyou, executive vice-president and head of the handset business of ZTE said the company would return to producing Windows Phone handsets, after initially being put off by Microsoft’s deal to purchase Nokia’s handset division.
Microsoft executives visited ZTE this month to reassure the company that the US group wanted to maintain a wide network of handset makers rather than simply make its own Windows phones.
“Initially we were hesitant [but] after clarification from Microsoft about industry support we are willing to commit to Windows platform again.”
He Shiyou told FT the company wanted to make the jump out of the “second tier” of smartphone makers into the top three manufacturers, currently being placed either 4th or 5th in the rankings, with about 5% of the market, and would consider acquisitions or mergers to grow market share.
“The next three years will be critical for ZTE’s devices business. There is a window of opportunity to push ZTE into the top three in terms of market share,” he said.
The company was rumoured to be working on a Windows Phone (above) with full HD resolution and DST technology in late 2012. Who knows, we might see the handset come to market after all.
The full specs of the Nokia Lumia 525 has leaked, and it shows the device is a significant upgrade over the Nokia Lumia 520, at least when it comes to RAM, which is important in making sure the most popular Windows Phone can also access 100% of the applications written for the OS.
The specs, leaked via a Chinese Baidu site, shows the handset has 1 GB of RAM vs the 512 in the Nokia Lumia 520 but otherwise has an identical screen, camera, size, weight and battery capacity.
While the upgrade may appear conservative I believe it addresses the biggest issue with the handset, which will hopefully mean the device will be even more successful.
See the specs after the break.
Nokia’s new flagship, the Nokia Lumia 1520, has had a formal launch in Hong Kong and Vietnam.
Win8China reports the Chinese launch took place in Hong Kong where the handset was priced at HK $ 5,998 ($775), slightly cheaper than the Chinese price of 4,999 Yuan. The handset can be reserved now and should hit the market in only 2 weeks, on the 15th November in Yellow, White and Black.
Similarly the full HD handset was also launched in Saigon yesterday, according to WinPhoneViet.com where it is being offered for 15,999 Vietnamese Dollar (around US $800) with pre-orders opening between the 8th and 24th November.
Unlike China there is a small incentive to order early in Vietnam, with the first 1000 customers getting a free JBL Speaker.
See some more pictures after the break.
Developer INTSIG has announced that its leading apps CamScanner and InNote will come pre-installed on the Nokia Lumia 1520 handset in China.
CamScanner is a popular document management solution for individuals, small businesses, organizations, governments and schools. It is the perfect fit for those who want to scan, sync, edit, share and manage various contents on all devices and has over 60 million users.
"CamScanner has made digitizing, sharing and managing documents easier on the go — simply snap a photo of any document with a Lumia 1520, CamScanner instantly converts the document to PDF and saves it to the cloud for quick and easy access anywhere. We are excited that top app developers like INTSIG, developing innovative apps for WP8 devices." said Hubert Ng, Head of Developer Experience, Nokia China.
"Our CamScanner, one of the best 50 apps by TIME, is an intelligent document management app. Lumia 1520′s PUREVIEW technology provides much better image quality, which is a big boost for our document scanning feature. With Lumia 1520, we were able to create a clean user interface and a consistent experience for scanning and managing documents on the go." said INTSIG’s CEO Michael Zhen.
The second application, InNote, is a handwriting note taker app featuring a natural digital ink, a full set of tools and a beautiful UI. The app is useful for taking notes, writing memos and making annotations. In addition, InNote also play as the annotation plug-in app for annotating document images in CamScanner.
If you want to use INTSIG’s apps without buying a new smartphone, they can be found for sale in the Windows Phone Store here.
UnWiredView reports that major Chinese e-tailer ePrice.com.cn has the Nokia Lumia 1520 up for pre-order in China for 4,999 Yuan (around $830).
The handset is set to hit the market on the 11th December, according to ePrice, somewhat later than the November dates quoted in Europe.
The Nokia Lumia 1320 is also heading to China, but is expected to arrive only in 2014.
See the page at ePrice here.
Nokia’s store in China have posted the official price of the Nokia Lumia 1520, and also a sheet showing the features of the handset.
The price of the high end device is now confirmed at 4999 Yaun (around $820) with a 99 Yaun booking fee.
The spec sheet (after the break) also confirms the rumored 1080p screen, Snapdragon 800 processor and 20 megapixel camera.
What do our readers think of the pricing? Let us know below.
Today, WPDang reported that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer visited Nokia China’s regional office in the last week of September. Nokia has got a regional office in China along with its factories to manufacture devcies and few R&D centers. It seems Ballmer met Nokia’s devices division VP Stephen Elop in a serious and organized staff meeting. It was reported that Ballmer had discussion about the merger plans for Nokia’s existing R&D centers in China once the acquisition gets over. Also Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia will have no effect on the Nokia’s existing manufacturing plants in China and in fact Microsoft will try to use them to get their own hardware done in an efficient way.
I guess this might be Steve Ballmer’s last official visit to China as Microsoft’s board is actively looking for a replacement for him and they are expected to find a new CEO for Microsoft before end of this year.
Nokia is set to unveil their first phablet device Nokia Lumia 1520 on Oct 22nd at Nokia World. This 6-inch Lumia device is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-core processor and 1080p display which is supported by the upcoming Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update.
Lumia 1520 will be having a slight camera bump at the back of the device similar to Lumia 925 to sport the 6 element OIS lens assembly. We have already seen three official renders of the device in black, white and red. Some more images appeared today at a Chinese site today.
See more pictures after the break.
We can count (briefly) China as one of the list of countries where Windows Phone has been outselling the iPhone, if we believe analyst Counterpoint Research, who released some figures regarding what is likely the biggest smartphone market in the world.
According to the company 30 million smartphones were sold in August alone there, mostly low-end Android devices which took 96% of the market.
While Samsung was the biggest seller, it only managed 15% of the market, due to strong competition from local companies like Lenovo, Huawei, Coolpad, Xiaomi, and ZTE.
The other 4% was shared by Apple and Windows Phone, with Nokia surpassing Apple and iOS due to the very successful Nokia Lumia 520. The release of the new iPhone 5s and 5c range is however likely to reverse this (hopefully temporarily).
The premium smartphone market has been shrinking in China, with operators moving subsidies to low-end and mid-range devices, with the real volume growth in the sub-$200 category. 91% of handsets sold are now smartphones, showing that the replacement of the feature phone market is nearly complete.
Nokia has previously said China is their biggest market for Lumia handsets. Hopefully their new range of Windows Phones to be announced later this month will continue to find favour in the region, and make iOS’s resurgence shot-lived.
If you are tired of scrolling to see your Live Tiles Nokia may just have the handset for you.
The above picture of the Nokia Lumia 1520 was posted on Weibo in China, and shows that, besides the extra column of live tiles there seems to be at least 1-2 extra rows also, while due to the size of the screen and the high resolution even the smallest text remains imminently legible.
This picture is pretty close on selling the massive handset to me. Do our readers feel the same? Let us know below.
Thanks hengxiang32401 for the tip.
It has been rumoured that HTC was working with the Chinese government on a new OS free from Google, Apple or Microsoft’s influence.
Now a picture has leaked on Weibo of the OS, and it bears a rather close resemblance to Windows Phone.
After a screen shot leaked of Tizen 3 also looking a lot like Windows Phone, and of course iOS 7 adopting some Metro design principles, we wonder if there are any more designers left in the world, and if they could possibly get their inspiration from somewhere else.
Even if the Nokia Lumia 1520 is not going to be released very soon, the handset is certainly out there, with leaks coming aplenty.
The latest is these two pictures leaked by CTech, showing the handset in white.
The handset is now expected to hit the market by the end of the year.
There has been rumours that Microsoft’s deal with Nokia may intimidate Huawei into quitting the operating system.
Richard Ren, Huawei executive who heads the company’s consumer unit in Europe, told reporters in Stockholm on Thursday however:
"We will continue to develop devices running Windows Phone, and launch more products. We remain one of Microsoft’s strategic partners."
Now news of two upcoming Windows Phones from the company show that the company is putting its money where its mouth is.
CNBeta has pictures of the Huawei Ascend W3, which is a mid-range Windows Phone 8 handset with a slim metal design, and which will be available in Blue and Yellow.
The leaked image bears the logo of China Mobile, and should therefore show up on that carrier. It is also however expected to show up on China Telecom and China Unicom and will support multiple LTE networks in the country.
The handset is expected to be shown off at CES 2014 and hit the market in January that year.
CNBeta also reports that the company is working on a high end Windows Phone which is comparable in features to the Ascend D2, which features a 13 megapixel camera, 5 inch 1080P screen and 32 GB of storage. No release date for this handset is know however.
Via GSMInsider, thanks Sky for the tip.
We have heard China is Nokia’s biggest Windows Phone market, and now some research from a Chinese research firm Umeng has revealed just how big the market is.
According to Umeng there were 7.4 million Windows Phones in use in China in the first half of 2013. This number compares to less than 4.4 million in USA.
Due to the massive size of the Chinese market however Windows Phone is still only a drop in the bucket there. Around 500 million smartphones are in use and of these 340 million ran Android and 150 million were iPhones.
The market is still growing rapidly, and the number of smartphones in China in the second quarter was double that of the number in the fourth quarter last year, the report said.
As the Chinese market grows the country should become increasingly important to developers, especially given the poor traction of Windows Phone in USA.
With emerging markets also growing much more rapidly than the west, Microsoft also needs to be paying a lot more attention to these markets, and the low cost and high level of functionality and features they demand.