27 Oct 2011

Nokia signals 'rebirth' with two smartphones

7:45 pm on 27 October 2011

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has launched two new smartphones based on Microsoft's new Windows Phone operating system.

The Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 mark the beginning of Nokia's fightback against Apple's iPhone and rivals using Google's Android software.

New chief executive Stephen Elop says they symbolise the rebirth of Nokia.

The BBC reports the company will start shipping the Lumia 800 range almost immediately to go into shops in France, Germany, Italy, Britain, Spain and the Netherlands in November.

Mr Elop says the phones will blur the boundaries between feature phones and smart phones, bringing the internet "to the next billion people".

The new range - to be called Asha, a name derived from the Hindi word for "hope" - has features like touch screens, 5-megapixel cameras, bright screens, 32GB storage for music and long battery life.

Nokia also announced four new basic phones with brightly coloured handsets pitched at developing countries.