Nokia exceeds expectations in Q4 2012

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The last three months of 2012 were surprisingly good for struggling Finnish mobile manufacturer, Nokia.

After losing much ground to its rivals, it managed to outdo previously woeful predictions, thanks largely to strong sales of Lumia branded smartphones and the Asha range of more affordable handsets.

4.4 million Lumia devices were sold in the final quarter, with a much more impressive 9.3 million Aha phones flying off the shelves.

Although the Symbian smartphone platform has been essentially killed off by Nokia, there were still 2.2 million handsets sold with this software onboard.

The implications are that while high end handsets are performing decently, Nokia is still the king of the entry level market.

In spite of the better than expected performance figures, Nokia has not chosen to adjust its estimates for 2013, which means it is still going to struggle for the foreseeable future.

The company did post a blog in which it hinted at the arrival of a new PureView-oriented smartphone, or at least the expansion of this brand to include more of Nokia’s devices.

The first PureView handset boasted a whopping 41 megapixel camera, so it would be nice to see this technology appear in an undiluted form on a Lumia device.

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