Nokia Winding Down Lumia Production Ahead of Windows Phone 8 Launch
Nokia may be slowing down productions of its current Windows Phone Lumia smartphones, which are based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7.x operating system, in anticipation of new Lumias launching later this year based on Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows Phone 8 OS. According to a report on DigiTimes, Nokia’s manufacturing partner Compal Communications saw a steep 39.5% decline in revenues due to Nokia scaling back productions.
As current hardware running Windows Phone 7.x won’t be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8 when that OS gets released, current Lumia sales may be slowing down as well as users are waiting for Windows Phone 8 to get released.
Sales of Nokia’s Lumia lineups are expected to get bumpier in the third quarter of 2012, since Microsoft’s newly released Windows Phone 8 is not backward compatible with Windows Phone 7.5-based Lumia models, indicated the sources.
Windows Phone 8 will offer support for multi-core processors, higher resolution 720p HD displays, NFC support, and a number of other features that will make the platform more attractive to consumers when they compare Windows Phone devices to top-tier Android offerings. Additionally, Windows Phone 8 will be based on the same kernel as Windows 8 so there will be a lot of cross-over in an attempt to attract developers to the platform.
Windows Phone 8 is expected to debut in October.
In the past, it was leaked that Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 Lumias should be revolutionary and will be unlike anything that we’ve seen on the market today. The company has also committed to bringing its PureView camera technology to Windows Phone as well.