January 10, 2013 at 05:21 AM EST
Nokia Launches WP8 Flagships In India: Lumia 920, 820 On Sale From Tomorrow; Lumia 620 Coming In Early February
We still don't know how many Windows Phone 8 smartphones Nokia has sold since it started selling WP8-powered Lumias in the U.S. and Europe, back in November, but it's continuing to expand availability of the range -- announcing that its flagship Lumia 920 and the slightly more mid-range Lumia 820 will go on sale in India, tomorrow in "select retail stores across major cities".
Lumia India launch

We still don’t know how many Windows Phone 8-powered smartphones Nokia has sold since it started selling WP8-powered Lumias in the U.S. and Europe, back in November, but the once Mighty Finn is continuing to expand availability of the range — launching the 920T into China at the end of last year. Today Nokia has announced its flagship Lumia 920 and the slightly more mid-range Lumia 820 will go on sale in another market, India, tomorrow in “select retail stores across major cities”.

The local prices for the Lumia 920 and 820 are Rs. 38,199 ($698) and Rs.27,559 ($504) respectively — so these two handsets at least won’t be posing much of a threat to Android on the affordability metric. However Nokia said it will also be bringing its cheapest WP8 Lumia — the Lumia 620 — to India early next month, meaning its entire WP8 range (not counting carrier variants such as the Verizon 822) will be up for grabs in the country.

When Nokia unveiled the 620, at the LeWeb conference in Paris in December, it said the device would ship in January to Asia-Pac, Middle East and Africa first, with Europe and Canada following “soon thereafter” — so there may have been a slight delay in its schedule. Nokia confirmed that India will be the first market to get the Lumia 620.

It’s unclear what the local price for the Lumia 620 in India will be. Nokia said pricing will be announced when the handset launches. Still, when it comes to affordability, Nokia also offers devices from its S40-powered Asha range in Asia, and has also previously launched Windows Phone 7-powered handsets in the region. It launched its cheapest WP7 handset, the Lumia 510, in India in the fall — with a price tag of less than Rs. 11,000 ($201).

Speaking at the launch, Vipul Mehrotra, Director & Head of Smart Devices, Nokia India said in a statement: “We are working with partners across the board to take the Lumia experience to more and more consumers faster. The roll out of not two, but three devices marks not just our intent and agility, but also reflects our commitment to our consumers in India.”


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