CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

4 February 2013

Kenya: Nokia Lumia 820 Smartphone Arrives in Kenya

Nokia on Monday announced availability of the first of its Windows Phone 8 based smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 820, in Kenya..

The Nokia Lumia 820 is a stylish, mid-range smartphone that delivers high-end performance in a compact package. Available now through selected retailers across Kenya at around KES 45,000, the Lumia 820 comes in black, white, red and yellow.

With a polycarbonate unibody, the Lumia 820 comes with an exchangeable shell design that not only makes it possible to personalize your phone through a vibrant range of colours, but also to add wireless charging. Beneath the shell is room to insert a micro SD memory card.

Powered by Windows Phone 8, the new smartphone offers a more personal experience, with a start screen that can be easily rearranged to reflect individual priorities, and new animated Live Tiles for regular real-time updates on the things that matter most. The ability to sync content between Windows Phone 8 smartphones, Windows 8-based PCs and tablets or Xbox means files, music, pictures and video can be accessed in whichever way is most convenient. And with Internet Explorer 10 for faster, safer browsing and Microsoft Office apps built into the platform, Windows Phone 8 is also the easiest way for getting things done.

Imaging with the 8Mp camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash is further enhanced by exclusive camera extras such as Nokia Smart Shoot which takes multiple photos with a single click so that you can edit to create the perfect shot. Viewing photos and video is also clear, even in bright, light thanks to the 4.3" OLED ClearBlack display.

The Nokia Lumia 820 also boasts City Lens. Using augmented reality, City Lens overlays information about restaurants, shops, hotels and more on the surfaces of buildings through the camera lens. By making it possible to move between maps view and augmented reality view, Nokia City Lens helps people check their direction and surroundings. Along with enhancements to Nokia Drive+ and Nokia Maps, the Nokia location suite of services represents the most comprehensive, integrated mapping experience for Kenya based on accurate local maps and thousands of relevant points of interest.

The smartphone market in Kenya is growing rapidly, with consumers demanding richer features and services," says Bruce Howe, General Manager Nokia East Africa. "The Lumia 820 smartphone brings together incredible innovation in a beautiful design that will turn heads. Today, I am pleased to announce the first of our Lumia smartphones based on Windows Phone 8 to the local market, and to bring the signature Nokia Lumia experience to our valued Kenyan consumers."

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