Nokia has announced an official launch date for its second Windows Phone, the Lumia 710, as it seeks to ramp up its quest to regain the affections of the UK's smartphone-buying public.
February 1 is the date you're looking for, and the news comes from Nokia itself, so we can be reasonably confident it's accurate.
We say “reasonably” because you've always got to check the fine print with Nokia. For instance, it turns out the difference between “shipping” and “on sale” is a lot bigger than we thought.
We found that out when Stephen Elop showed a clip of the Lumia 800 being boxed up and sent out the door during his Nokia World keynote at the end of October, only for the phone itself to take three weeks to get any further than that.
The Lumia 710 is the lower-end cousin to the attention-grabbing Lumia 800, and is likely to be the most affordable Windows Phone yet – an important step in expanding the Microsoft OS into the mass market.
Well, we say that, but we still don't know exactly how much the Lumia 710 will cost, and it's that one detail above all others that should determine whether the handset is a success – or otherwise.