Nokia today officially launched the Nokia Lumia series of smartphones in India at an event in Delhi earlier today. As we mentioned earlier from our Nokia World update, that they’ll be launching the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710. This officially starts Nokia’s new smartphone range running on Windows Phone replacing their earlier Symbian Platform. We’ve earlier reviewed the Nokia Lumia 800 in our First impressions post and the Hands on with the Lumia 800.
Speaking at the launch, D Shivakumar, Managing Director, Nokia India, said, “Our announcement today demonstrates remarkable progress that we have made as a company against our new strategy announced in February 2011. It signals our intent and agility. It also reflects our commitment to the Indian consumers in bringing to them our latest in smartphones. Over the past few months, we have been gearing up the ecosystem for the Nokia Lumia family in India and today we have in place strong operator partnerships, an all-new retail look and a ready developer ecosystem delivering rich content to make the Nokia Lumia experience a truly amazing one for Indian consumers.
What differentiates the Nokia Lumia range of phones from the others running Windows Phone are:
- Nokia Maps & Drive, which delivers a full-fledged personal navigation device (PND) with free, turn-by-turn navigation voice guided navigation in 50 languages including Hindi and dedicated in-car-user-interface. Maps for 100 countries and 750 cities in India are available on Windows Phone Marketplace, free to download on Nokia Lumia devices only.
- Nokia Music and the all new MixRadio a free, global, mobile music-streaming application that delivers hundreds of channels of locally-relevant music. These services will be available in India in the first half of 2012.
- Contacts Transfer, a first-of-its kind which allows phonebook transfer from any other device/platform