Finnish mobile handset manufacturer Nokia announced the launch of Nokia Lumia family of smartphones based on Windows Phone in India. Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710 will be available in select retail stores across key cities and towns in mid-December. Both devices will be available for pre-order starting early December.
Facing fierce competition to remain the world's top mobile phone maker,has launched two that are based on Microsoft's new 7.5 operating system.
Thelaunched its 'Lumia 800' and the 'Lumia 710' to mark the beginning of Nokia's fightback against Apple's iPhone and rivals using 's Android software, the BBC reports.
In a bid to retain its strong hold in the Indian market, the company named its new series of smartphones, which includes four other basic phones, 'Asha', a Hindi word meaning hope.
According to the BBC, the phones will be relatively cheap, and will sport features like touch screens, 5 mega pixel cameras, bright screens, 32GB storage for music and long battery life.
Nokia's new boss,, had previously warned that the company was stuck on a "burning platform". Now, he said that the launch marked the "rebirth" of Nokia.
Elop said the phones would blur the boundaries between feature phones and smart phones, bringing the internet "to the next billion people".
He acknowledged that the Lumia 800 was a design development of a previous Nokia phone, the MeeGo-based N9.
Elop said the "Lumia is the first real Windows phone" and predicted the company would be the leader in "smartphone design and craftsmanship". (ANI)