Nokia has unveiled three new Lumia smartphones based on the new Windows Phone 8.1 OS, which is set to become available across the entire Lumia portfolio as an over-the-air update this summer called Lumia Cyan.
The new devices include the flagship Lumia 930, which is expected to roll out globally in June starting with Europe, Asia, the Middle East and India for around €435.
The Lumia 630, which comes in single and dual SIM versions, is expected to roll out in May for around €115, while the Lumia 635 is expected to be “broadly available this summer” costing around €140.
The launches follow Nokia’s announcement at Mobile World Congress that it developed four smartphones that run the Android apps as it looks to gain market share in the lower end of the smartphone market.
According to recent data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, 9.7 percent of all smartphones sold in Europe’s biggest five markets in the three months to the end of February were Windows. It is most popular in Italy where it has a 16.1 percent share of the market.
Windows Phone 8.1 includes a host of new features, including Cortana – “the world’s first truly personal digital assistant” and Data Sense – a feature that will “more aggressively” offload data to Wi-Fi and limit cellular usage as a consumer approaches its data limits.
"Today we are introducing people to the best of Lumia and the best of Microsoft through three stunning devices based on Windows Phone 8.1. In addition to the new developments from Microsoft, Nokia is delivering people an uncompromised imaging experience, great design and better business phones," said Stephen Elop, executive vice president of Nokia's Devices & Services.
Last week, Nokia announced that the sale of its handset division to Microsoft has been delayed by a month, as Asian regulators take more time to scrutinise the deal.
The business unit saw revenues decline by 29 percent to €2.6 billion in 2013.