Jul 25, 2013

    Nokia chases Samsung with bigger-screen smartphone

    FINNISH mobile-phone maker Nokia launched a bigger-screen version of its low-price Lumia smartphone on Tuesday, aiming to close the gap with market leader Samsung, which sells handsets in a wide range of sizes.

    The new Lumia 625 comes with a 4.7-inch screen and will cost 220 euros (S$367) before taxes and subsidies. In contrast, the Lumia 620 had a 3.8-inch screen.

    The Finnish mobile-phone maker once produced more than a third of all mobile phones worldwide, but it has fallen behind South Korea's Samsung, which has a quarter of the market to Nokia's 15 per cent.

    While regular mobile phones still account for the bulk of the firm's shipments, smartphones are viewed as crucial for its long-term survival because of their higher margins and increasing demand for Web access from mobile phones.

    Nokia is pinning its hopes for a comeback on Microsoft's Windows Phone - an operating system that is struggling to compete with Google's popular Android system, used by Samsung.