Nokia(s nok) intends to release a new flagship Lumia phone in the U.S. during this quarter, CEO Stephen Elop has said.
Elop predicted the launch in an earnings call on Thursday, after the release of Nokia’s results for the first quarter of the year. He said to “expect to see another hero move” during the quarter – a reference to the strategy of arranging strong promotion with a particular carrier, as happened with the Lumia 900 and AT&T(s t) last year.
All the rumors point to this hero phone being the Verizon(s vz)(s vod) Lumia 928. The Financial Times has also reported that Nokia will soon launch a large-screened Lumia to rival Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, as well as a Lumia phone with the high-quality camera of the Symbian-toting Pureview.
“The next hero move in the U.S. kicks off a season of new product introductions,” Elop added. “We have a lot of juice ahead as it relates to the Lumia(s msft) product line.”
Elop also addressed falling sales of Nokia’s most low-end “smartphone” line, the full-touch Asha range, noting how the Lumia 520 demonstrated the company’s intention of “driving lower and lower with Lumia products as well”.