| | 11-14-2012, 11:34 PM #1
According to CNET (see below) the Lumia 710 is the top Windows Phone in use right now, taking 22% of the Windows Phone pie.
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I think this is an indication of two things with regards to the mobile market. First, it's clear that there's some growth in the entry/mid-level segment for solid budget devices. Second, it seems Windows Phone has a very good chance at penetrating and dominating that market should we continue to see real successors to the Lumia 710.
By that I mean a phone that packs the same internals (e.g. CPU and RAM) as its premium siblings, but eschews the others such as wireless charging and PureView. Not only that, but is also priced within the similar price-bracket of $250-350 off-contract. Throughout last year the 710 was adopted by a number of smaller carriers across Canada, and I actually began seeing a few pop up in the wild with WIND and Mobilicity users.
To be honest I think the Lumia 810 and 820 were in a great position to succeed the 710 in that market-segment, and perhaps even give the Nexus 4 a bit of a challenge had they been priced a bit lower than what is at offer. That said, there is still time to enter that segment, and I hope the upcoming Lumia 830 does a good job at supplanting the 710 in terms of specs and price.
Who knows though, maybe the rumoured Microsoft Surface phone will take up that mantle?