Nokia World preview

Nokia World previewThere’s still a few hours till Nokia World at the time of writing (er, I might not be in the UK at the mo), but by the time you read this it’ll be just an hour – or less – away.

Various leaks have pretty much given the game away in terms of which handsets we can expect, so we figured we’d have a quick recap before Nokia spills its can of official beans.

Nokia World is a big deal for both Microsoft and Nokia. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 hasn’t performed particularly well to date, and has only a few handsets backing it up. In fact, it'd be a pretty depressing state of affairs if it weren't for HTC. Nokia to the rescue. Well, that's the theory, anyway.

For the Finns, it’s crucial they convince us that they made the right decision by (a) ditching MeeGo, and (b) backing Windows Phone 7 as their “primary smartphone platform”.

The Nokia 800 was referred to as the Sea Ray for months, but a recent leak seems to indicate that it’ll be called the Nokia Lumia 800. Crucial specs are still a mystery, but we can probably expect a 3.7in display, 1.4GHz processor, and 8MP camera.

A few weeks ago we heard about a modest Nokia 800 variant called the Sabre. Well, looks like it’ll be the Nokia Lumia 710. Remember, Nokia’s numbering thingy means the higher number – the sweeter the phone, so the Lumia will probably have less internal storage and fewer megapixels. Probably.

Rounding off the trio, we’re also expecting a bigger Nokia Lumia, much like the 800 but with a larger display. Cripes knows what the numbering for that bad boy will be, if he does indeed exist.

Finally, Engadget has spotted a portrait QWERTY being unloaded, with the tagline: “You. Me. Everyone. Let's QWERTY.” It’s possibly the low-end Nokia 303 Series 40 phone that leaked a few weeks ago.

All eyes on London. Let’s be hearing you, Elop.

via: Winrumors

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 08:36

I believe we will also see new Symbian flagships. "GHz +” devices are in the pipeline. The 701 will hardly remain the Belle flagship.
Also, the Spotify cooperation for Meego proves more commitment to the N9 than many had predicted. The white N9 rumour won't die, and a German 'insider' reckons a Meego/Maemo successor to the N9 is very much 'real'... Of course, today will be all about WP7. Or will it?

farfromout  Oct. 26, 2011 at 09:44

As a WP7 handset owner, this news excites me.
Im hoping that having a big name like Nokia onboard will encourage more uptake of what is actually a great OS. A few needed tweaks aside (do away with the 3 page layout to every app-- eek!), I think that the OS has great potential. Hopefully with the addition of nokia will increase the amount of development taking place, and some real killer apps will be born

Now, if they'd only lower the price of the apps.


JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 09:56

Well, farfromout, look at the Android Market. I'm beginning to suspect some more high-priced quality apps might actually improve the situation. Quality over quantity. I find it easier to spot useful, well-designed apps in the more expensive apple/bb/nokia stores than in the free-for-all code-clusterf*ck that Android's Market is at danger of becoming :p

As to WP7 and Nokia - I deeply deeply resent what Microsoft has become. I loathe Elop. I loathe walled gardens. I can see the pros of WP7, but the fact that W stands for Windows kills the joy.

farfromout  Oct. 26, 2011 at 11:20

Well, I personally respect Microsoft as a software company. I think their software has been getting progressivly better every year ( with the exception of Vista) on the whole. I use windows at working, and their SQL Server management studio so it's all very familiar. I also appreciate their design ethos in Windows phone, its alot different from the very similar offerings from both google and apple.

And in response to your app price comment. I agree that higher quality apps deserve to be priced higher, but the fact that windows charge £2.50 for something thats 59/69 p on the iPhone, and even cheaper (Free!) on the android marketplace winds me up. Also, the Windows Phone MP has its fair share of chuff. I have found a few great free apps, though!

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 26, 2011 at 11:27

True. I used to use winmo 5 and 6.5 and prices were outrageous while apps used to be inferior to iOS and Symbian equivalents.

I also appreciate the easy simplicity of wp7, but I'm missing certain features. So, even putting aside my other issues, as is WP is not an option. Having said that, Nokia's offerings are gorgeous hatdware-wise.


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