Nokia Lumia 710 on sale in the UK on February 1

Nokia Lumia 710 on sale in the UK on February 1Nokia 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.

In this case, though, the info seems legit and while it's not quite the early January launch some were predicting, it's also not the late February launch others were expecting.

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.

Via NokNok

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 14, 2012 at 11:16

Just preordered mine :D

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 14, 2012 at 11:17

...Sorry, wrong thread :p

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 14, 2012 at 11:19

With all 1st-gen WP devices in the world's bargain bins I really doubt the 710 will be "the cheapest"... The cheapest Nokia, yes. The cheapest with Nokia's Drive thingy, yes. But not the cheapest WP device. Unless they price it below 200.00?

blizzard7  Jan. 14, 2012 at 12:39

Secretly, Nokia has made this phone a bit of a beast. AnandTech's review showed its screen has a better contrast ratio than the iPhone 4Ss IPS display.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 14, 2012 at 13:04

http://images.memegenerator.net/instances/280x280/9880390.jpg

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 14, 2012 at 13:13

Most importantly: it has user changeable back covers :D
A must for any smartphone!

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 14, 2012 at 13:22

Wow, wow, wow, slow down there, did you say user changeable back covers? Where do I pre-order?!

Oh, no....I couldn't care less ;).

Treab  Jan. 14, 2012 at 16:11

Just preordered mine :D

and whens the return date? ;)

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 14, 2012 at 16:18

Treab, of all the phones in the World the Lumia 710 is the one I would not order. Not even for free. WP is one thing. WP in an utterly ugly chassis another altogether.

** I'm firm on that one ** :p

Treab  Jan. 14, 2012 at 16:22

Tbh i dont think its that ugly... useless yes but ugly no...

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 14, 2012 at 16:31

That chassis does look cheap and nasty tbh...

Treab  Jan. 14, 2012 at 16:35

That chassis does look cheap and nasty tbh...

But its designed to be cheapish... with specs which seems to rival the 800...

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 14, 2012 at 16:40

You do realise that by "cheap", they mean around the £300 mark, not the sub-£100 mark?

Treab  Jan. 14, 2012 at 16:42

probably... but as with windows phones cheap means 400 usually... the 800 was supposed to be 500 odd...

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 14, 2012 at 16:44

Yep - it's gonna be closer to 300.00, Treab. They called the 800 "attractively priced" when it launched at around 600.00...

Treab  Jan. 14, 2012 at 17:04

i know i posted before you janny :p

equ  Feb. 2, 2012 at 00:08

Wow a WP7 for less than £400. When a serioulsy expensive £200 can only get you a Nexus S from Carphone-W-House thats Inc Vat and charges an outrageous £0 delivery.......

I can see why the WP7's are flying off the shelves in Denmark as the reports say they are.....

equ  Feb. 2, 2012 at 00:13

A quick web search looks like these things are going for £300, still looks a very premium price tag for what being kind you would desribe as a mid range phone. I would take the P out of anyone I knew buying this at that price lol

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 2, 2012 at 08:04

Wow, I was actually right for once, these things are going for an extortionate £300. Bearing in mind that less than £100 more will buy you a brand new SGS2/HTC Sensation, that makes this seem even more of a rip off.

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