Nokia and Consolidated Gulf Co. (CGC), the distributor for Nokia in Qatar, showcased five new affordable handsets in Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday. Nokia reiterated its commitment to connecting the next billion to the Internet by introducing Nokia X, a family of smartphones that run Android™ apps, Microsoft services and signature Nokia experiences, to the Qatari market.
Nokia and CGC also announced the celebration of two decades of successful relationship and business growth in Qatar.
Vithesh Reddy, General Manager, Nokia Lower Gulf, commented: “Nokia has connected billions of people around the world, and we have demonstrated how our portfolio is designed to connect the next billion people to great experiences. The Nokia X family boasts Nokia’s iconic, high quality hardware design in a range of vibrant colours. Nokia X also brings the best of Nokia signature services such as HERE mapping, as well as great Microsoft services such as OneDrive and access to the world of Android apps.”
“As we celebrate 20 years of a successful partnership with CGC, we look forward to building on that legacy by bringing the latest Nokia innovations including the Nokia X family to Qatar,” added Reddy.
Jehad AlQudah, Head of Mobility, CGC, stated, “With Qatari society on the fastlane of growth, Nokia’s increasing portfolio and large number of apps will help in meeting the growing mobility needs of different social strata. And on top of that, our Nokia-lovers will now have more reasons to cheer with the introduction of Android-based Nokia X series to the local market.”
Nokia X family delivers the best of all worlds
The Nokia X family features Nokia’s renowned handset quality and design, with a fresh, tile-based user interface inspired by our Lumia family. All devices come with Fastlane, a screen which lets people switch between their favorite apps more smoothly. People can access curated, quality-tested apps from Nokia Store, more than a dozen third-party app stores and by sideloading. Out of the box, they can enjoy signature Nokia experiences including free HERE Maps, with true offline maps and integrated turn-by-turn navigation. All devices are also pre-loaded with a variety of third-party apps and games.
The first device, the Nokia X, comes with a 4″ IPS capacitive display and 3MP camera. The Nokia X+ is optimised for multimedia enthusiasts, who can enjoy even more games, music, photos and video thanks to more memory and storage. Both the Nokia X and X+ will be available in bright green, bright red, cyan, yellow, black and white . The third family member, the Nokia XL, boasts a 5″ display with 2MP front-facing camera – ideal for Skype video calls – and a 5MP rear-facing, autofocus camera with flash. The Nokia XL will be available in bright green, orange, cyan, yellow, black and white. The entire Nokia X family is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon dual core processor and supports Dual SIM, letting people switch SIM cards to get better tariffs.
The Nokia X will be available in March, starting at QR 449 and The Nokia X+ and Nokia XL will be available from April onwards.
Beautifully crafted phones for the “mobile first” generation: Nokia Asha 230 and Nokia 220
Adding to the popular Asha range of devices, the Nokia Asha 230 is the ideal introduction to full-touch mobile phones. The Nokia Asha 230 includes all the benefits of the Asha Platform, including Fastlane and access to popular social apps like Line, WeChat and WhatsApp. One swipe up from the lockscreen activates the Nokia Asha 230’s camera, and one touch enables people to share images to their favourite social network. With a forthcoming software update, the Nokia Asha 230 will introduce 7GB of free cloud storage on Microsoft OneDrive, and the option to automatically back up photos to the cloud.
Nokia also introduced its lowest-priced, data-enabled phone: the beautifully designed Nokia 220, which makes the mobile Internet accessible to more people around the world. With its 2.4″ colour screen, dust- and splash-proof keypad, the Nokia 220 is a well-crafted choice for people experiencing mobility and the Internet for the first time, with Facebook and Twitter pre-loaded and Bing as the default search engine in the pre-loaded Nokia Xpress browser.
Retail price for the Nokia 220 start at QR 149 and the Nokia Asha 230, the most affordable Asha touch device ever is priced at QR 229. Both products are available in single and Dual SIM variants, and will be available in March in CGC and all leading electronic outlets in Qatar.