Nokia, the beleaguered Finnish Mobilephone manufacturing giant is definitely not facing the best of times. It’s been almost two years since the arrival of its Windows Phone based handsets and they are yet to generate much traction. At the other end of the spectrum, while they have been doing quite well with their low end offerings from the Asha series, the company is facing cut throat competition on that front as well. This comes from players like Huawei, ZTE and the likes and in case of India, manufacturers like Micromax and Karbonn all of which have some awesome low cost, feature packed handsets.
To bolster its performance in the low end segment, the company is expected to show off its new, low cost offerings at the upcoming MWC if we are to believe a Reuters report. These might include new offerings from the much popular Asha range of Series 40 handsets. These handsets have seen considerable traction in the emerging markets and were instrumental in helping Nokia achieve presentable sales figures. It is also being said that the MWC could also see the launch of an affordable Lumia branded smartphone
While Nokia did have a few affordable smartphones in its Lumia line up, the latest being the Lumia 620, that device still costs over $200. It is likely that this new device would run the older version of Windows Phone and could see a sub $200 price tag without contract.
Anyway, with rumors that Nokia could also announce a Windows based tablet during the same event, this is sure going to be an exciting MWC if you happen to be a Nokia fan.