Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone now in Kenya
By BiztechAfrica – Feb. 4, 2013, 1:39 p.m.
By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya
Leading phone manufacturer, Nokia, which has been to losing grip on the Kenya smartphone market to Samsung is back to reclaim its lost glory.
The Finnish firm on Monday announced availability of the first of its Windows Phone 8 based smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 820, in the East African country.
Available now through selected retailers across Kenya at around Ksh 45,000, the Lumia 820 comes in black, white, red and yellow.
“The smartphone market in Kenya is growing rapidly, with consumers demanding richer features and services,” says Bruce Howe, General Manager Nokia East Africa. “The Lumia 820 smartphone brings together incredible innovation in a beautiful design that will turn heads.
With a polycarbonate unibody, the Lumia 820 comes with an exchangeable shell design that makes it possible to personalize your phone through a range of colours.
The phone also allows wireless charging.
Powered by Windows Phone 8, the new smartphone comes with a start screen that can be easily rearranged to reflect individual priorities, and new animated Live Tiles for regular real-time updates.
“The ability to sync content between Windows Phone 8 smartphones, Windows 8-based PCs and tablets or Xbox means files, music, pictures and video can be accessed in whichever way is most convenient. And with Internet Explorer 10 for faster, safer browsing and Microsoft Office apps built into the platform, Windows Phone 8 is also the easiest way for getting things done,” said Nokia.
Imaging with the 8Mp camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash is further enhanced by exclusive camera extras such as Nokia Smart Shoot, which takes multiple photos with a single click so that you can edit to create the perfect shot. Viewing photos and video is also clear, even in bright, light thanks to the 4.3” OLED ClearBlack display.
The Nokia Lumia 820 also boasts City Lens. Using augmented reality, City Lens overlays information about restaurants, shops, hotels and more on the surfaces of buildings through the camera lens. By making it possible to move between maps view and augmented reality view, Nokia City Lens helps people check their direction and surroundings.
Along with enhancements to Nokia Drive+ and Nokia Maps, the Nokia location suite of services represents the most comprehensive, integrated mapping experience for Kenya based on accurate local maps and thousands of relevant points of interest.