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Nokia Lumia 710
Nokia officially announces its first two Windows Phone 7.5 devices

Eight months after Microsoft and Nokia announced that they would be joining forces in the smartphone market, the first two Windows Phone 7.5 devices from Nokia will start to saunter into the marketplace later this year in select markets.
I. Lumia 810 will tackle the high-end
When it comes to doing battle with the latest high-end smartphones running Android and iOS, Nokia is offering up its new Lumia 800. The hardware specs won't impress anyone from the Android camp, as the Lumia 800 features a 3.7" AMOLED ClearBlack curved display (800x480), a single-core, 1.4GHz Qualcomm processor, and just 16GB of internal memory (there's no microSD slot for expansion, although Nokia does provide 25GB of free SkyDrive access).
The Lumia 800 may not feature a dual-core processor, but Microsoft says that such firepower isn't needed for the Windows Phone 7.x platform… for now. "They're all single core, but I suspect that they will be faster in usage than any dual-core phone that you put against it, and that’s the point," said Windows Phone chief Andy Lees in an interview with AllThingsD earlier this month.

Nokia smartphones have been known in the past for their excellent cameras, and the Lumia 800 is no exception. The smartphone offers up an 8MP rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture and Carl Zeiss optics.
And for those of you familiar with Nokia's N9, the sleek shape of the Lumia 800 should be instantly recognizable. The Lumia 800 is constructed of a single piece of polycarbonate plastic and features a curved Gorilla glass display. It is, however, a bit on the chunky side at 12.1mm thick and weighs 5 ounces.
Nokia says that the Lumia 800 is good for 9.5 hours of 3G talk time, 55 hours of music playback, and 7 hours of video playback.

The Lumia 800 (available in Cyan, Black, and Magenta) will have a retail price of around $535 USD and will be released in Europe in November, and in Asia by the end of the year. There is no word on U.S. availability, but recent reports suggest that U.S. customers won't have access to the phone until next year.
II. Those on a budget can look at Nokia's Lumia 710
If the Lumia 800's $535 price tag is a tough pill to swallow, Nokia also announced the Lumia 710. The Lumia 710 features the same 1.4GHz processor as its more sophisticated brother, but includes a 5MP camera and lacks the AMOLED display. The smartphone also only comes with 8GB of internal storage, but it unlike the Lumia 800, it includes a microSD slot for expansion. It will be available in black and white, but more colorful backplates will be available for purchase.
When it comes to battery life, the Lumia 710 is rated at 7.6 hours of 3G talk time, 38 hours of music playback, and 6 hours of video playback.

III. It's all in the software
Of course, both the Lumia 800 and 710 are running Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango". Nokia abandoned its own smartphones efforts with MeeGo and Symbian to embrace Microsoft's sleek mobile operating system. To help differentiate its products from other Windows Phone devices on the market, the Lumia 800 and 710 will feature Nokia Drive turn-by-turn navigation, Nokia Music, and the ESPN Sports Hub as integral portions of the UI.

"Eight months ago, we shared our new strategy and today we are demonstrating clear progress of this strategy in action. We're driving innovation throughout our entire portfolio, from new smartphone experiences to ever smarter mobile phones," said Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO. "From the Nokia Lumia 800 to the Nokia Asha 201, we are bringing compelling new products to the market faster than ever before. I'm incredibly proud of these new devices - and the people of Nokia who have made this happen." 

Source: Nokia

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By Trisagion on 10/26/2011 8:24:54 AM , Rating: 3
No front camera, NFC, lower res display, lesser storage, lesser memory, better CPU. So, its spec is inferior to the N9 and looks roughly the same. Expected better from Nokia.

RE: Meh
By Chadder007 on 10/26/2011 9:04:19 AM , Rating: 4
Also, no 4.3 inch screen no care.

RE: Meh
By Flunk on 10/26/2011 9:33:32 AM , Rating: 2
There are plenty of 4.3 options for Windows Phone already. Not everyone wants a huge phone.

RE: Meh
By Chadder007 on 10/26/2011 10:04:45 AM , Rating: 2
Not on Verizon there isn't. :(

RE: Meh
By cjohnson2136 on 10/26/2011 10:22:16 AM , Rating: 2
Well there are only two CDMA phones, one with Verizon and one with Sprint. Yet this Nokia phone is also HSPA and GSM so nothing new for them. Looks like AT&T will have even more WP7 phones :(

RE: Meh
By Moishe on 10/28/2011 9:55:42 AM , Rating: 2
I don't want a huge phone. I know plenty of people with them and they're just too big.

I also don't want an enormously powerful phone.

I think I'm a good middle-ground customer. I want a decent phone that feels fast enough, has some good apps, easy to use, doesn't crash, average camera, etc. I'd rather have lesser speed/camera/storage for less money than a wannabe tablet phone for a huge price.

RE: Meh
By sviola on 10/26/2011 9:23:58 AM , Rating: 3
Well, if you take into account that the screen in the Lumia 800 is smaller than the N9 (3.7" vs. 3.9"), the resolution on the former is 800x480 for a pixel desity of 252 ppi, while the latter has a resolution of 854x480 and a pixel density of 251 ppi. So, the displays are similar.

The only thing I would like on the Lumia is the 64 GB option, considering it does not have a uSD card slot. But, it still bigger than the competition on WP7 mango phones.

Here is a comparison:

RE: Meh
By cjohnson2136 on 10/26/2011 9:27:48 AM , Rating: 2
The only issue with the storage comparison is do the other phones have SD card slots? Because if they can increase there storage that makes quite a bit of difference.

RE: Meh
By StanO360 on 10/26/2011 11:36:14 AM , Rating: 2
most people will to get beyond 16Gb. Unless your loading movies. Which again most won't be doing. That's a lot of music and a lot of documents. And music is very cloud friendly, Sky Drive, Amazon, Google etc.

RE: Meh
By assassin316 on 10/26/2011 11:52:43 AM , Rating: 2
Don't be jealous since you can't have it yet.

NFC is a waste, dual-core is a marketing gimmick (and necessity for Android since the OS is sluggish), and screen-size is a perfect fit to use one-handed.

RE: Meh
By Trisagion on 10/26/2011 12:16:20 PM , Rating: 2
It's not so much so that I need a dual core CPU. They should have bettered the specs of the N9 at least. The phone looks good and Nokia hardware is always top notch, but there is nothing new or exciting about it - Worse hardware than a similar design released months ago and running Mango which has also been out for a while now.

What are they bringing to the game other than the brand?

RE: Meh
By themaster08 on 10/28/2011 2:26:44 AM , Rating: 2
On top of Nokia's brand name and top notch hardware design and construction, they're bringing their own integrated software. They're bringing an entire wealth of developers to the platform. They're the only company whose primary ecosystem is Windows Phone, so they're also bringing commitment.

The exciting part is the software that Nokia will bring to Nokia Windows Phones. Whilst I would have also liked to have seen NFC and a front-facing camera as found on the N9, I believe the specs of the Lumia 800 are able to bring out everything good in Windows Phone, in a beautifully designed package, and with the added benefit of Nokia's support for the platform. Maps and Music are just the start, although Nokia's navigation software is second to none.

RE: Meh
By Moishe on 10/28/2011 9:57:19 AM , Rating: 2
Not every generation needs to improve on the last generation in hardware specs. If they made the OS more streamlined and it runs fast, who cares how many cores it has?

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