Windows Phone 7.5 at Last: Nokia Officially Announces Lumia 800, 710
October 26, 2011 7:38 AM
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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
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."
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RE: An important moment
10/26/2011 9:18:19 AM
I agree. If these fail it pretty much rules Nokia out of the smartphone game, possibly taking Microsoft with them. All the manufacturers concentrate on Android at the moment.
However, this could work by leveraging Nokia's very valuable (yet rapidly dwindling) brand equity in the minds of consumers - arguably better than any single Android manufacturer. I've always felt that the main thing holding back WP7 has been the marketing.
RE: An important moment
10/26/2011 11:39:38 AM
They have a couple of advantages, great cameras, great nav app, plus their dominance around the globe. I bet we will see low cost third world options coming out (maybe not here though), again in markets without retailer bias.
RE: An important moment
10/26/2011 2:07:31 PM
I wonder just who values Nokia.
Kids think (I was listing to a report on the radio just now that raised this) that Nokia phones are the phones that your dad has.
Most kids are interested in Apple, Android or Blackberry.
Maybe the "dad" market is what Nokia and MS will go or, but ultimately, when it comes to tech, they'll probably be asking their kids, and they'll tell them (rightly or wrongly) to go wit the established players in most cases.
I hope I'm wrong, but I do wonder just where the market is that MS and Nokia are aiming for, and whether their is really an appetite for another player, even one as big as MS/Nokia.
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