If this tweet by Nokia North America President and Head of Markets, Mr. Chris Weber, in any way indicates what the Finnish company's objectives are for the latter part of this year, then it appears Nokia has its eyes fixed and goals set on bringing down one particular competing company.
Posted yesterday, August 16, 2012, the tweet ever-boldly states, "Samsung take note, next generation Lumia coming soon." Now, I don't know about you, but I don't really think that was merely a friendly reminder for the Korean company. In my opinion, it was made to taunt Samsung and to tell the public that Nokia is serious about releasing top-notch WP8 Lumia handsets and reclaiming that number one phone maker position. Also, Mr. Weber must be totally confident about the quality and calibre of the Lumias that are expected to be announced in Nokia World happening next month.
From being practically a laggard in the smartphone market, Samsung - rather miraculously, if I may say so - turned its fate around just two years ago with the release of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S, a product of its partnership with Google and adoption of the Android operating system. SGS was followed by Samsung Galaxy S2, the landmark phablet Samsung Galaxy Note, and several other Galaxy Android phones in 2011; All of which helped catapult the company to top smartphone maker status that year. Earlier in 2012, Samsung released the latest iteration to its flagship line, Samsung Galaxy S3 - which now appears to sell well in various territories - and later this month, the Korean giant is expected to announce the follow-up to its best-selling smartphone-tablet-hybrid, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
On the other hand, having donned the top handset-maker crown for more than a decade, Nokia is a brand for a generation and continues to be a force to reckon with in the entry-level and midrange smartphone echelons. Last year, during its rather abrupt transition from Symbian and MeeGo to Windows Phone as operating system for its smartphones following the incredible rise of Android, Nokia lost its throne to Samsung and ranked third in terms of smartphone shipments -- following the Cupertino-based iPhone-maker, Apple Inc.
Now more of a challenger in the smartphone race, Nokia - I bet - is hoping that its alliance with Microsoft and its continuous efforts to remain a leader in hardware, location services, and imaging department (most especially) will pay off a lot sooner. Released in June 2012, almost alongside Nokia Lumia 900 - the company's current flagship Windows Phone, Nokia 808 PureView flaunts an unprecedented 41 MegaPixel camera and features Nokia's very own PureView technology, which - simply put - compresses several pixels into one pure pixel, resulting in the clearest images possible. When asked if Nokia 808 PureView will be the last of its kind, Stephen Elop - Nokia's CEO - said that PureView technology will live on in future Lumia handsets.
So what can you say about Mr. Weber's statement? Which side are you on; Samsung or Nokia? Are you excited about Nokia's next generation Lumia handsets? Do you think their cameras will feature PureView technology? Kindly share your thoughts below.