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Monday
Feb252013

Nokia Debuts Cheaper Windows Phones

Nokia(NEW YORK) -- Back in September, Nokia introduced its new Lumia 820 and 920 phones, which brought features like its PureView camera and wireless charging to its Windows phones.  But if price is what stood in between you and the Lumias, Nokia has now announced the Lumia 520 and 720.

“We’ve cracked the nut with the Lumia 920 and now we’re going for volume and scale,” Susan Sheehan, Nokia’s Senior VP of Communications, told ABC News.

The Lumia 520 will be the cheapest Windows phone, says Nokia, and will be available for around 139 euros (about $183) -- that’s without carrier subsidies.  It will be significantly less when provided by a carrier with a two-year contract.

While it will have lower end specs than the 920, with a dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM, Nokia is equipping the phone with the same f/1.9 aperture Carl Zeiss lens as its higher end phone.  The phone, which has a 4-inch, 800 x 480-resolution screen, will also be available in four colors.

The 720, however, will be slightly more expensive at 249 euros ($328) because of its larger and better quality 4.3-inch screen and improved camera experience, which includes a large f/1.0 aperture Carl Zeiss lens.  The phone, which comes in five colors, doesn’t have built-in wireless charging capabilities, but you will be able to get a snap-on wireless charging cover for it.

The 520 and 720 will be hitting numerous countries this quarter and then others, including China, in the second quarter of 2013.  Nokia isn’t providing details on when they will hit U.S. carriers.

In addition to the Windows Phone 8 Lumias, Nokia has two new phones based on its own Series 40 software.  The Nokia 105 will cost 15 euros and the 301 will go for 65 euros.

“We are trying to show that even at 15 euros we can make a beautiful phone,” Sheehan said.

The 301 is focused around social media and is meant for the younger audience.

But don’t expect these two to hit the United States.  Sheehan says they are targeting consumers in emerging markets with these two.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jun142012

Nokia to Slash 10,000 Jobs, Close Facilities by End of 2013

Henrik Kettunen/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Finnish cellphone maker Nokia announced on Thursday it's cutting up to 10,000 positions worldwide in an effort to reduce its operating expenses and return the company to profitable growth.

The job cuts are expected to be rolled out by the end of 2013.

"These planned reductions are a difficult consequence of the intended actions we believe we must take to ensure Nokia's long-term competitive strength," Nokia's President and CEO Stephen Elop said in a statement.

[CLICK HERE TO READ THE COMPANY'S FULL STATEMENT]

Some of those actions include closing down facilities devoted to research and development projects in Ulm, Germany, and Burnaby, Canada, and a manufacturing facility in Salo, Finland.

The company says these measures will help reduce costs by an additional 1.6 billion euros by the end of 2013.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar202012

Nokia Patents Vibrating Tattoo, Lets You Feel Alerts

altrendo images/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Finnish cell phone maker Nokia has filed a U.S. patent application for a magnetic vibrating tattoo that could wirelessly connect to a mobile device and alert users of phone calls, texts and battery status -- all via vibration.

The apparatus comprises “a material attachable to skin, the material capable of detecting a magnetic field and transferring a perceivable stimulus to the skin, wherein the perceivable stimulus relates to the magnetic field.”

Diagrams in the patent show examples of the small, square gadget as applicable to a user’s arm, abdominal area or fingernail.

For those wary of an actual tattoo, the patent says the device could potentially be stamped, sprayed, attached with adhesive tape, applied as a decal or even drawn on.

The object could emit different vibrations for “an alert of a message, indication of an incoming call,  indication of a body part in proximity of the electronic device, indication of information displayed on the electronic device, indication of a launch of an application and indication of a least a portion of a displayed image.”

A magnetic field originating from the electronic device would connect to the tattoo device.

The electronic devices may include a cell phone, laptop, music player, tablet, a wrist or neck-worn electronic device or a game console, according to the patent.

Nokia didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the patent.

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