Nokia Windows Phones ‘Competitive’ With iPhone [Analyst]

Nokia Windows Phones ‘Competitive’ With iPhone [Analyst]

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Nokia may finally have found its answer to the iPhone, a pair of new Lumia Windows phones that one analyst tells investors is ‘competitive’ with the Apple smartphone.

Introduced recently as its flagship Windows phone device, the Lumia 800, with a $594 price tag “is even more competitively priced when compared to the iPhone and Galaxy SII,” according to Barclays Capital. Complete with an 8-megapixel camera, 3.7-inch touch screen and 1.4 GHz single-core chip the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 “will be one notch cheaper than the iPhone 4S across all launch markets,” writes analysts in New York and London.

The comments are a bit of pa back for Apple, which upon the 2007 release of the iPhone virtually destroyed the market for Symbian handsets.

The device first rolls out in November with 31 carriers in Europe, including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. The new Nokia devices will reach the U.S. and China during the first half of 2012. The Lumia handsets are GSM/UMTS/HSPA compatible, meaning when the devices reach America, they initially can work only with AT&T’s network. However, the Finnish cell phone maker says it plans to introduce CDMA or LTE versions of the units sometime in the future, opening the possibility the new Windows Phone products could be available at Verizon and Sprint, as well.

Although Barclays gives Nokia stock shares only a $10 price target, the analyst firm remarks the company’s disastrous second quarter “was the bottom” and now talk will move to operating margins.

  • Steven Zahl

    NOKIA IS TOAST

  • assb10yr5

    No Self respecting person would buy a Nokia product. It was pure junk b4 and is still junk.

  • prof_peabody

    How can they be “competitive” when they aren’t even aimed at the same market segment?  These are low-end phones, of course they are cheaper.  They are missing a good portion of the iPhone’s hardware and software features also.  

    Micro-Nokia *may* be “competitive” with Apple as a *company* as a result of producing these phones, but these phones are not even directly comparable to an iPhone, let alone “competitive.”  

  • AlterThending

    Nokia is the phone you play Snake on while waiting for an airplane you could smoke on (i.e.. 20 years ago)

  • Alfiejr

    these are the first Nokia WP 7 models. they don’t compare very well with the latest iPhone and Android models. and they won’t even be sold in the US. they are really V.1 prototypes, and we shouldn’t take them – or critique them – too seriously. the 800 is nice looking tho.

    no doubt Nokia will come out with a very strong V.2 phone for the US next year. that will be the test.

  • Robert Daniels

    LMAO…..What hapen to the phrase “I Phone Killer!!” You don’t here that phrase anymore. Other companies are treading very lightly.

  • Robert Daniels

    These companies are suffering because they are trying to maintain shareholder demands. They have stopped being innovative and different. Steve Jobs said the hell with the shareholders…They will come and they will go but if you cease to be innovative and think Outside the BOx….then we are toast.

  • Uriel Sanchez

    LOL… That is all.

  • iDaBoss

    wrong decade, grandpa

  • iDaBoss

    you’re talking about the asha phones. the window phones are aimed at high end markets.

  • iDaBoss

    actually they were the dominant phone makers in the past, and they have excellent hardware designs. they just got stuck in the past.

  • ? A M A N i ®

    thats what Nokia said when apple first launched the iphone 2g

  • Alfiejr

    ? that was true. the 2G iPhone was also a V.1. even tho it was a technical breakthrough its sales were modest. until the 3G added apps, and then it all took off …

    these Nokia phones are not technical breakthroughs. but they are not yet the best Nokia can do.

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