By Stephen Schenck | February 22, 2013 12:16 PM
With the Mobile World Congress just about to get underway, today reports based on info from Nokia insiders claim that the company intends to highlight a number of new budget-priced phones at the expo, with the aim of stealing some business away from companies like ZTE and Huawei.
At least one of these phones, according to sources, should be a cheap Windows Phone 8 model. While it’s nice to hear info like this attributed to sources within the company, that hardly sounds surprising. After all, we’ve been tracking a number of possible models for debut at the MWC, and a couple definitely fit that bill of a budget WP8 handset.
For instance, we’ve been talking about both the Lumia 720 and Lumia 520, and based on the nature of the specs attributed to the pair, it seems like one could be positioned as a real entry-level WP8 model.
Of course, we’ve also heard our share of rumors of higher-end Nokia hardware, like a possible 41-megapixel PureView Windows Phone handset, so just because Nokia wants to get a bigger slice of the budget market doesn’t mean it’s forgotten about the higher-end. The company’s official press event will take place on Monday, so we should get to see the full lineup then.