Nokia tells world to expect “significant industry news” on Monday

With Mobile World Congress (MWC) almost upon us, the mobile industry will soon shine its spotlight on Barcelona, where manufacturers and carriers will convene to showcase the newest and most exciting devices that will go on sale in the months ahead. Among the many participants and attendees at the show will be Nokia, and it sounds like the company is preparing a major announcement there.

The company has issued a media release ahead of its first MWC event, a press conference hosted by Nokia’s president and chief executive, Stephen Elop. On Monday morning, the release promises that Nokia “will announce significant industry news”. But what might that be?

As we reported recently, we believe that Nokia will announce two additions to its Lumia Windows Phone range: a ‘world’ version of its Lumia 900 flagship (which for now remains an AT&T exclusive); and a new entry-level device, possibly called the Lumia 610. This latter handset will bring Windows Phone to new low price points, and is expected to be running a new version of the operating system, codenamed ‘Tango’, which is optimised for lower-end devices and is believed to be stripped of some Windows Phone features, such as SkyDrive photo-synchronisation and disabled third-party Live Tile support.

Additionally, there have been extensive rumours about a new Symbian/Belle device, a successor to the venerable Nokia N8 with a class-leading camera, possibly called the 808 PureView. The Symbian^3-powered N8 won enormous praise for the extraordinary quality of its 12MP camera, which is still widely regarded as among the best to be found on any smartphone, and many Nokia fans have long hoped for a follow-up device with a similarly impressive cam.

Nokia has itself been teasing PureView-related promotional material over the last few days, so it seems logical to assume that there’ll be a related announcement at MWC – but one big question mark remains over whether or not that amazing camera will be on the back of a Symbian handset or on a Windows Phone.

But do any of these murmurs and mutterings from the rumour mill really constitute “significant industry news”? Or could Nokia announce something entirely different?


Are we about to see a lot less grey on the Nokia Lumia Momentum Map?

One possibility is that Nokia may announce a big push into new markets with its new entry-level Lumia 610. It’s widely believed that the new Tango update could bring over a hundred new languages to Windows Phone – an affordable price point and dozens of new markets for Windows Phone could represent a significant turning point in Nokia’s fortunes, giving it the opportunity to sell its Lumia handsets in much greater numbers.

Not long ‘til we find out though – the press conference starts on Monday 27 February at:

0830 CET (Barcelona)
0730 GMT (London)
0230 EST (New York)
1300 IST (New Delhi)
1830 EDT (Sydney)
2330 PST on Sunday 26 February (Los Angeles)

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let me guess. they have finally trimmed themselves down enough, with all excess and stubborn fat removed, that they are ready to become microsoft's beaches. lmfao.

The announcement is that Nokia will also start producing an Android phone. Nokia is bitterly disappointed about Windows Phone and their declining market share.

IMO its just some new phones, possibly with new high quality cameras (which will be best in class or at least claim to be)

If it was some other huge new as some speculate it would absolutely NOT be announced at MWC that would be idiotic... stuff like that always gets announced independently.

Mohitster said,
No wonder Sinofsky is going up there.....No wonder!

Actually, I wonder why he is, . . . so there is some wonder.

If they released a tablet, with the Consumer Preview Windows 8 on it, I would buy it in two shakes of a lambs tail. I know this is unlikely, but it would be awesome.....

If they release an N8 successor with an amazingly good camera on it, running Windows Phone Mango/Tango, I will also not hesitate to buy it.

Nokia......take my money....I implore you....

I think it's a Win8 tablet for sure and maybe some new high end WP7 handsets or perhaps some low end WP7 Tango handsets, that is what my money is on.

Lets hope they didn't fly Sinofsky all the way there just for a Symbian phone. But companies like to overpromise and underdeliver so I'm sure it wont amount to more than a new Symbian phone. So much for the burning platform.

efjay said,
Lets hope they didn't fly Sinofsky all the way there just for a Symbian phone. But companies like to overpromise and underdeliver so I'm sure it wont amount to more than a new Symbian phone. So much for the burning platform.

Normally a Symbian super phone would make sense, but not this year. It has got to be Windows Related. They are banking too heavily on WP to put much more into symbian, but the real kicker is definitely Sinofsky being there. No way he's going to go there if Nokias biggest hoorah is going to be a Symbian device.

Now its also likely that because its Sinofsky it is not JUST a phone, but maybe tablet related announcement(s). One can dream....

Nokia has released this teaser http://goo.gl/6E989 a couple of days ago.
The big news is probably the Symbian based N8 successor rumored to have a really unbelievable camera that is really close to DSLR performance.

Other big news may be the announcement of the first Nokia Tablet based on Windows 8. Assuming that Microsoft is planning to make really big noise in MWC by releasing the Windows 8 CP, such a scenario looks highly possible.

So Nokia diehards have been waiting for a phone with a similar camera, and it's thought Nokia will give if to them in the form of an old and nearly dead OS?

I can't see that happening.

Nashy said,
So Nokia diehards have been waiting for a phone with a similar camera, and it's thought Nokia will give if to them in the form of an old and nearly dead OS?

I can't see that happening.

Symbian is anything but a dead OS!

LOL. Nokia/ Symbiam fans would burn Europe and Asia to the ground; Elop would have to go into witsec.

mantragora said,
Microsoft takes over Nokia !

dekoy said,
LOL. Nokia/ Symbiam fans would burn Europe and Asia to the ground; Elop would have to go into witsec.

Another possibility is Nokia Android phone. You prefer that way ?

mantragora said,

Another possibility is Nokia Android phone. You prefer that way ?

That is not even a remote possibility.

mantragora said,

Another possibility is Nokia Android phone. You prefer that way ?

dtboos said,

That is not even a remote possibility.

@mantragora IS on crack. Android days are numbered.

mantragora said,

Ok, one more try.
Google takes over Nokia ?

Also not even remotely possible. But I like your enthusiasm!

If they introduce a table, it's a wrap.

You may be right, because Windows 8 top man, Steven Sinofsky's , is at MWC so some reason.

greenwizard88 said,
Could it be tablets?