In addition to the Lumia smartphones, the Asha 210 will also go on sale next week. A more classic Nokia, the 208, will be available next month, in October.
Speaking at the media event in Bryanston today, Nokia vice president in South and East Africa, Gerhard Brandjes said the company is innovating across its portfolio. “Nokia Asha and Lumia are taking great strides, and recent results in South Africa’s top two brand awards, show that consumers really identify with our brand. We will continue to connect with our consumers, and will continue to bring products and services to market that South Africans love.”
The Lumia 925 if the first metal handset in the Lumia range, and the metal band around it acts like an antenna and ensures that calls don’t get dropped. It includes Nokia’s advanced lens technology and imaging software, the Nokia Smart Camera app, which I got to demo on the Lumia 1020 (more about that below). The handset will ship with a wireless charging cover, and will be available in white, grey or black at a retail price for R8999.
The Lumia 625 is a more affordable handset that packs features from high-end devices like the Lumia 920. It has the largest screen on any Lumia phone at 4.7-inches, which is super-sensitive (can be used with gloves), and has LTE capabilities. It allows for additional storage, up to 64GB. The Lumia 625 will be available in white or black at a retail price of R3499. A selection of brightly coloured shells will also go on sale.
The star of the show, the Lumia 1020 was also available on display, but will only come to South Africa sometime before Christmas. I covered it back in July via a web stream here. I had a little bit of a hands-on with the device, and would love to own one. The Nokia Smart Camera app lets you take motion pics and gives you options like best shot, action shot and motion focus. Action shot lets you choose which frame you’d like in your final pic. All these options are saved to your gallery to edit later.
The Nokia Pro Cam app is one for professional photographers. It has manual settings which appear on screen and you can tap to adjust as you see fit, like white balance, focus, ISO, shutter speed, etc.
This is one device I’m looking forward to reviewing!