Nokia Lumia 930 now available

The Nokia Lumia 930 is now officially available on Nokia’s Vietnamese website. The price is VND 13m which is equivalent to EUR 448 or USD 610 at today’s rates.

That’s one of the cheapest prices we have seen for the Lumia 930 globally so far. In comparison the phone is offered on Amazon.de for EUR 550, a whopping 100 more.

Lumia 930 on Nokia Vietnam website

 

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Nokia X Pricing

The new Android based Nokia X, X+ and XL are already priced on Amazon.es.

The X will set you back EUR 109, the X+ EUR 119 and for another EUR 10 extra you will get the Nokia XL.

This makes the X range 30 Euros more expensive then the top of the Asha line (Asha 503 at EUR 89).

Interestingly this competes head-on with the Lumia 520 at EUR 119. It will be interesting to see if consumers opt for Android based or Windows Phone based offerings at this price point.

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Disgustingly good photo quality

Putting Nokia’s claim to the test of the photo quality of their top-end Lumia phones.

To my amazement (at the camera quality of the Nokia Lumia 925) and to my disgust (at the cleanliness of the keyboard) the photo quality of the Nokia Lumia 925 is undeniably as good as the keyboard in need of a good cleaning (or replacement)

Macro shot of a dirty keyboard shot with a Lumia 925

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How not to launch phones – Lessons learned from Nokia

While Nokia is already struggling enough against the tidal wave of Android and iOS in the smartphone market and the feature phone market is giving in, it is difficult to comprehend why Nokia is releasing phones in such a half-hearted and slow manner.

Here are a few examples of recent Nokia launches that are best-case studies of how not to do it.

Asha 210:

Announced in a press conference on 24th April. It was supposed to be launched in a single-SIM and dual-SIM version and depending on market wither with a dedicated Facebook or Whatsapp button.

The phone was finally launched in the 1st week of August. But up to now the phone is only available in a dual-SIM version and so far neither the Facebook or Whatsapp version has shown up. The phones distributed in the Middle East only have a generic Web button opening the browser.

Asha 501

Announced on 9th May as Nokia’s answer to the low-end Android market with a refreshing UI. The phone got generally really good reviews and expectations were running high. Also to be launched as a single-SIM and dual-SIM variant.

This phone was finally on sale from the 1st week of August. But like the Asha 210 only as a dual-SIM version.

But while this phone has great potential the Achilles heal of this phone is definitely that until now there is no Whatsapp client available since the Asha 501 uses a new version of the Symbian S40 platform.

Lumia 925:

The phone that the Lumia 920 should have been right from the start. If Nokia would have launched Windows Phone 8 with the 925 instead of the 920 it is clear that the take-up would have been significantly better.

Even today (16th August) this phone still isn’t available in the Middle East. That’s a whole 3 months after the official announcement of the phone. To make matter worse, in the US this phone is only available on T-Mobile, making a bad situation in the US even worse. Now you have 3 different phones on 3 carriers (920 on AT&T, 928 on Verizon, 925 on T-Mobile). The best of those 3 (the 925) is reserved for the smallest carrier. Now tell that this doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

Nokia is really it’s own worst enemy by launching phones way too late after their official announcement, not having a deep enough distribution in the US across all major carriers and then disappointing customers by offering a new phone experience, with the most important app (Whatsapp) missing.

Nokia Lumia 520 pricing

The Lumia 520 has become available or is ready for pre-order in a number of markets. Here is a summary of the pricing.

  • Thailand, Jaymart, THB 5850 (USD 200)
  • Germany, Amazon.de, EUR 199 (USD 259); pre-order only
  • UK, Amazon.co.uk, GBP 163 (USD 248)
  • Vietnam, Lazada, VND 3,849,000 (USD 192)

Just like for the Lumia 720 if you want to find a good deal you need to head to Southeast Asia. This time you can choose Thailand or Vietnam. Even with the currencies being very strong, there are still great bargains for mobile phones.