Asha-coloursNokia South Africa unveiled the Lumia 1520 and a new line up of Asha handsets at a media event in Sandton this evening.

The company also announced it is an official partner at the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014.

Nokia also updated us on it’s products so far. The Asha 201 feature phone sold a whopping 2 million units in the last 12 months and according to Nokia, it is South Africa’s top selling phone. They’ve sold 25 million units globally across more than 132 markets. The Lumia 520 remains the most popular Lumia handset and there are now more than 200 000 apps on the Windows Phone store.


The Lumia 1520 is a 6-inch “phablet” and is the first Windows Phone with a full HD 1080p screen. It also now holds another (third) column of live tiles on the home screen. It has the same awesome 20MP PureView camera found on the Lumia 1020, with optical image stabilisation and advanced zooming capabilities. It also has the new Storyteller feature to create memories. The Nokia Camera app now merges the previous Smart and Pro camera apps into one powerful app. The handset also supports wireless charging. It will be available in black, yellow and white.


Nokia also announced a new lineup of Asha features phones with a new “ice” design. They look very nice, should appeal to the youth market and maybe the elderly, and come in bright colours. In the above pic I am holding the Asha 503 that has a 2.4″ screen. Quite small compared to the 6″ Lumia 1520. Can you spot a gap in the market for a different phone size? The Asha 503 is a 3.5G handset made with curved Gorilla Glass, has a 5MP camera, which is accessible from the lock screen and makes sharing content simple with a swipe.

The Lumia 1520 is available through Vodacom at from R499 a month on contract and the Asha handsets are priced as follow: Asha 503 – R1 499; Asha 520 dual sim – R1 299; and Asha 500 – R999.