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Nokia Lumia 920 launch sees Lumia 800 price slashed

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Nokia Lumia 920 launch sees Lumia 800 price slashed

Nokia has just launched its first wave of Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices, the Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820. And it has reportedly cut the price of the one-top-dog Lumia 800 by 15 per cent to make up for being sidelined.

According to Reuters, Nokia has lowered the price of the Windows Phone 7-powered Lumia 800, the first flagship Nokia Windows phone. That model has been slashed by a reported 15 per cent, with other models such as the Lumia 610 and Lumia 710 receiving smaller cuts.

However, it may be a little while before we see this directly reflected in prices online. Following presumably poor-to-middling sales of the Lumia phones, some retailers have already taken matters into their own hands, offering the phones at drastically reduced rates. Carphone Warehouse currently offers the Nokia Lumia 710 for as little as £99.99 on pre-pay. It sold for around £270 when we reviewed the thing back in January.

Nokia Lumia 710

It doesn't look as though much faith is being put in the new Nokia Lumia models, either. At the end of trading on Wednesday, when the phones were revealed, Nokia's share price had dropped 15.9 per cent in value, vaporising the slow gains the company had made over the previous month.

It's not just that the Nokia Lumia 920 didn't cause too many jaws to drop through the floor that was the problem. Nokia didn't reveal the price or release date of either Windows Phone 8 mobile, sapping away much of the launch's dynamism.

If you're not put off by Nokia's ailing fortunes and like the look of a Lumia 800, bear in mind that the phone will not get an upgrade to Windows Phone 8. Microsoft has confirmed that no current Windows Phone 7 devices will get the bump up to the new software.

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September 7, 2012, 8:28 pm

Most of the responses I'd seen were rating the 920 in particular as being the only handset likely to challenge the iphone in terms of design quality, and the potential of the pureview is also pretty exciting. The grumbling was pretty much entirely about the lack of a launch date (and price I guess, although given the tiny % that will be bought sim-free or pay as you go surely that's much more complex than just a straight retail price). And that seemed to be entirely what investors responded to (understandably as launch date is the simplest way of gauging likely sales over the next quarter).

Oh, and think it's worth a mention that Lumias will get a bump to WP 7.8 with the new home screen. Just got the wife a 710 for £99 to use for the last 11 months of her contract...unbelievable value for something with the same internals as the 800 if you ask me.

Martin Daler

September 8, 2012, 2:33 am

I don't suppose the 'investors' made a snap technical appraisal of the 920 and came to any stock buy/sell decision on that basis. No, I would think their calculation was far simpler - Nokia have effectively destroyed their own smartphone market for the next quarter, and have said nothing about what they plan to earn after that. Sheer lunacy - I'd sell if I had any of their shares.
Shame, because the 920 looks very nice, but how are they going to pay the bills in the meantime?

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