Nokia Lumia 920 coming to SA

2012-10-23 13:20

Cape Town - Nokia announced that its next generation Lumia 920 will be launched in South Africa in early November.

The device runs the Windows Phone 8 platform that has garnered some excitement globally and the smartphone supports faster Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

Nokia also announced that it would bring the Lumia 820 to SA before the end of the year.

The company has been on a charge to regain its market share lost to Android powered devices in the smartphone segment and has focused on the ecosystem, as well as new devices.

"We said 'It's no longer a war of devices, it's a war of ecosystems'. Essentially we partnered up with Microsoft and we're going to build this third ecosystem," Patrick Henchie, Nokia head of product for South and East Africa told News24 recently.

One of the selling points of the Lumia 920 is its PureView camera which captures high quality images and wireless charging of the smartphone.

The Lumia is powered by a 1.5GHz dual core processor and the 11.5cm display is protected by Gorilla Glass.

Both MTN and Vodacom have announced higher speed networks that, although not strictly 4G, some have labelled as such, saying that the experience is much better than what South Africans were used to.

"The truth is that what people will experience, is a next generation experience. It's quite absurd to compare the speeds that this LTE network will provide to 3G. To call it 3G is misleading," Wold Wide Worx CEO Arthur Goldstuck told News24.

Local pricing is unclear but the device does fall into a higher end price category even though Nokia has been discounting Lumia devices running Windows 7.5 in overseas markets.

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  • marschoeman - 2012-10-23 13:28

    I for one cannot wait for this phone to be released...

  • lynette.mufaro - 2012-10-23 18:28

    This beast I will get!

  • michelle.moodley.353 - 2012-10-23 20:22

    This is incredibly good news for South Africa, cannot wait to get this phone, and then a Window 8 Surface and then to use Smartglass to connect all these devices.

  • issy.mots - 2012-10-23 22:35

    I cant believe how anyone can consider an iphone or galaxy s3 better than this. the OS is buttery smooth, gives you info on the fly thru live tiles without delving into apps, and nokias exclusive apps (navi,music and much more) just round off the entire package. Whats more there's a real sense of joy to be had when you use a product which has been extremely well designed.Its the same feeling of quality you get when u shut the door on a luxury german sedan, or slip on a tailor made outfit. The nokia's glossy/matte coloured polycarbonate has the strength to withstand years of daily wear and tear (which is more than could be said about CrapBerry), the camera is a class leader and the dolby digital sound amplifier built in makes your tunes sound insanely good. I own a lumia 800 and I cannot wait to get this :) #switchtolumia

      luzuko.mali - 2012-10-25 13:47

      only problem is that some of the apps that the masses would like, aren't developed for Windows Phone 8. otherwise you're right, its awesome

      luzuko.mali - 2012-10-25 14:43

      Tell me... a few people have been telling me about the Lumia800 not bng able to support USSD that true? can u recharge without having to go to a Cellphone network outlet?

  • donnajyblyloer.versace - 2012-10-24 07:31

    No info about pricing yet? I've been waiting for this news since September :(

  • aggenbagh - 2012-11-13 11:47

    It would seem to me that we are looking at Late November instead of Early November...Any ideas on when Vodacom will have this phone?

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