Nokia announces Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 Windows Phones

Nokia announces Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 Windows PhonesNokia ushered in a brave new era today with the announcement at Nokia World of its first Windows Phone handsets, finally turning the page after what has been a dismal year for the once-mighty Finnish giant.

Given the number of leaks we've had over the past few days, seeing the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 revealed wasn't much of a surprise, but the good news is that the Lumia 800 is available to pre-order right now directly from Nokia, and will officially go on sale on November 16.

Nokia boss Stephen Elop did the honours of officially announcing the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710, hailing them as “the first real Windows Phones”, which rival Windows Phone handset makers like Samsung and HTC must have loved hearing.

The Lumia 800 is the hero device – the Sea Ray we've been hearing about for months now. It takes its design cues from the MeeGo-powered Nokia N9, complete with ClearBlack display and that floating interface effect that makes the N9 so good to look at.

It's also built using a single piece of polycarbonate, which Elop claimed delivers outstanding antenna performance.

The screen is a 3.7in 480 x 800 AMOLED panel, while processor-wise you're looking at a 1.4GHz single-core Snapdragon chip, with 512MB of RAM and 16GB storage.

Nokia has lived up to its usual high standards when it comes to the 8-megapixel camera, complete with f/2.2 aperture Carl Zeiss lens and optimised flash for better low-light photography.

As for the Lumia 710, it puts the emphasis on affordability, but still gives you a 3.7in ClearBlack display and 1.4GHz Snapdragon chip and interchangeable back covers that come in all the same colours as Windows Phone itself.

And of course, with Windows Phone Mango on board, you get the likes of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Internet Explorer 9 and 25GB of free SkyDrive cloud-based storage.

As for Nokia's status as preferred Windows Phone partner, that comes courtesy of three added-value services. The free Nokia Drive service makes them the only Windows Phone devices to offer voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, with maps able to be downloaded ahead of time to avoid costly data charges.

Next up is Nokia Music, a tool for discovering, acquiring and experiencing your music. The headline feature is Mix Radio, which offers you 100s of pre-set-up mixes based on various music styles and genres. These mixes can be downloaded for offline listening, or pinned directly to the homescreen.

Last up is the exclusive ESPN Sports Hub, which puts stats, scores, news and video for a wide spectrum of sports at your fingertips. Again, specific elements such as your favourite league or team can be pinned directly to the homescreen.

So, what about prices and availability? Well the good news is that the Lumia 800 is up for pre-order as we speak in six initial launch countries including the UK, and is expected to cost around €420 before taxes and subsidies when it touches down on November 16.

As for the Lumia 710, that will launch first over in Asia, but will land together with a “portfolio” of further devices in the UK early next year. It's been slapped with a €270 price tag.

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 10:57

No Ace?

Stelph  Oct. 26, 2011 at 11:09

Now wait a chuffing minuite, if I understand correctly the Nokia N9 and the Lumia 800 are essentially the same with the same polycarbinate shell, screen and camera (but the lumina has "better" internals which probably cost more) but the Lumina has a LOWER list price of 420 euros without tax compared to the N9 which has a list price of 480 euros without tax? And thats ignoring the OS licening fees that im sure will have to be paid per phone to MS for WP7

Does not compute...

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 11:20

420 euros without tax, so that'll be 400 GBP before tax, which pushes the price up to 480 GBP after VAT....less than 20 quid more and you can have an iPhone 4S with the same internal memory size...sorry Nokia, as proved by Android tablets, pricing a new product the same as Apple doesn't work...

blizzard7  Oct. 26, 2011 at 11:24

@Stelph
The screen is smaller and lower-res though.

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 11:27

Blizzard, you have a fair point there, extra screen real estate tends to push prices up.

On another note, I wonder if the camera will be as amazing as the one on the N8...?

Stelph  Oct. 26, 2011 at 11:47

@blizzard7 - Ah damnit I was properly up on my high horse then and you had to go and push me off it :p

blizzard7  Oct. 26, 2011 at 12:24

Well I'll help you get back on it because I doubt the difference is worth that much :)

corgi74  Oct. 26, 2011 at 13:42

I really, really want one in cyan but I don't know if I want to jump to WP7.
Mobiles.co.uk are doing a good deal on a preorder on TalkMobile too (but that's a black one)

Dilemma!!!

Stelph  Oct. 26, 2011 at 14:31

@corgi74 - well why not scrape the paint off and...... damnit nokia! foiled again

blizzard7  Oct. 26, 2011 at 14:42

@corgi74
If you can live with 13 GBs usable, this is a great phone and I'd have no problems recommending WP7 to anyone. Very slick OS and you'll certainly stand out from the crowd :)

corgi74  Oct. 26, 2011 at 15:09

I think I might get one on a year's contract as a stop gap until the iPhone 5 comes out.
The contract with Talkmobile is better than what I get with Orange and it's only £4 a month more for a year. If I can get the £150 upfront cost back if/when I sell it at the end of the year's contract then as far as I'm concerned that would be a result.
If only a paint scraper would work though!!

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 15:15

Holy cow - the Lumia is trending on Twitter worldwide. That has gotta be a new experience for Nokia?

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 15:23

"Despite the speed of development, the quality of the devices and the competitive pricing, Nokia will not be able to drive significant volumes in the coming months," the IDC mobile analyst said. "The reason for that is not linked to the devices themselves, but to the low Windows Phone OS penetration and awareness among consumers. Microsoft's OS represented two percent of total smartphone shipments by the end of the second quarter 2012 — the lowest share ever."
Party-poopers => http://www.zdnet.co.uk/news/mobile-devices/2011/10/26/nokia-sees-new-dawn-in-lumia-windows-phones-40094284/

Stelph  Oct. 26, 2011 at 17:12

@JanSt - Wow, personally I wonder if thats more because people are interested in Nokia over the actual phone? Most people here in the UK have owned and loved a nokia at some point, so them going down the pan was always a sad thing, it would be nice to see them recover (although nicer to see them recover with an N9 at the forefront!)

Stelph  Oct. 26, 2011 at 17:18

@JanSt - Also it just occoured to me that a billion tweets saying the Lumina is sh*t would also help it trend, so strictly spoeaking trending isnt such a good thing!

corgi74  Oct. 26, 2011 at 17:19

I'm only interested in it because it's a Nokia and it's a good looking phone. The OS is pretty much irrelevant really as long as I can listen to podacasts

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 17:20

stelph, yeah, tweetfail's no good

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 20:11

Bang! Something's been bugging me since I first read Nokia Lumia last night.

Now I remember: Lumia is Spanish. It means Prostitute¡¡¡!!!

So basically it's the Windows Phone Hooker. A.k.a. The Elop from hereon in ;)

Julias  Oct. 29, 2011 at 12:14

Then its tagline should be come with lumia. :p

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 29, 2011 at 15:13

hahaha :p

Julias  Oct. 29, 2011 at 19:26

Question now is will this still be called Lumia in Spain? :3

equ  Nov. 26, 2011 at 01:18

Just adding my 2p worth
In Q3 2011 Symbion phones outsold WP7 phones by 11.46 to 1

And when the Lumia 500 give the full satnav in a cheap smartphone I think Nokia "Do get the modern world" even as their bosses dont "get" the very high funtionality the cheap Andriod phones give that will only improve as time go's on. To get £400 for a phone now it has to be special in the VERY competertive market there now is. Even Apple is struggling to keep market share at the moment!! to gain market share you need to be so great you are better then Apple. Even the MS fans dont even seem to claim WM7 is better than IOS. And as WP7 is a cut down limited OS like IOS and is not even as good as IOS then why would it get anywhere !?!?

We are only a year/18months away from the "phone is the computer" era (It does not have a name yet but its where smart phone are going....(after all if you can run Quake 3 on a phone it IS a usable mulitfuntion computer, and soon with *4 CPU power in 12/18 months that is a real computer)).

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