Nokia Lumia 1020 phone released in Taiwan
CNATAIPEI--Finnish company Nokia Oyj, which recently sold its handset business to Microsoft Corp., launched its newest Windows Phone 8 (WP8)-based smartphone in Taiwan on Thursday as part of a fast roll-out in Asia.
September 27, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The Nokia Lumia 1020, boasting a 41-megapixel camera and optical image stabilization technology, will be sold via local carrier Chunghwa Telecom Co. from Oct. 8 at a cost of NT$24,900 (US$842).
It took Nokia about two months to bring the Lumia 1020 to Taiwan after the phone's global debut in July. When Nokia's first WP8-based phone, the Lumia 920, was unveiled in September last year, it took three months before it was launched in Taiwan.
Prior to Thursday's launch in Taiwan, the Lumia 1020 was released in China, Hong Kong and Malaysia, said Vlasta Berka, vice president of sales and marketing at Nokia Pan Asia.
Sales in the rest of the Asia-Pacific will start in the coming weeks, he said.
Regarding Nokia's feature phone products, Berka said the company will cooperate with telecom partners in Taiwan to help migrate their customers from the 2G network to the mainstream 3G services.
The launch of the new Lumia phone in Taiwan came shortly after an announcement on Sept. 3 that Microsoft would acquire Nokia's mobile phone business for 5.44 billion euros (US$7.2 billion). The deal is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.