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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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Single Core Processor
By AlvinCool on 10/26/2011 10:23:26 AM , Rating: 2
Does any windows 7.5 phone offer a dual core processor? If not is that a limitation of the operating system?

RE: Single Core Processor
By inighthawki on 10/26/2011 10:55:24 AM , Rating: 4
No WP7 phone currently offers a dual core CPU, and it is not a limitation. The reason is because Microsoft set down strict hardware requirements for phones running WP7. The OS also doesn't NEED a dual core chip. Anyone who's used one will tell you it runs smooth with no slowdown anywhere. Adding better hardware would be like a PC gamer upgrading his graphics card because he's only getting a 200fps average in counter-strike, and he wants a solid 300.

RE: Single Core Processor
By Mitch101 on 10/26/2011 1:02:05 PM , Rating: 3
Dual core isn't necessary you wouldn't get any more performance from having dual cores. What you would get is lower battery life or just bragging rights. The OS apps and everything you do on the device is fast and responsive you could tell someone its dual core they wouldn't know.

I haven't seen an app for a phone that required any phone to have dual cores. Someone will say games but if one exists its probable GPU limited not CPU.

To me Dual Core in a phone is like having 16gig of ram and a 32bit OS a waste of space and power you'll never use.

RE: Single Core Processor
By Varun on 10/26/2011 2:54:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah all this bashing of single core is getting a bit silly. There is no way WP7 needs a dual core CPU. Has anyone even tried it? It is amazingly smooth on even the last gen hardware - the new phones with the faster CPU and a much faster GPU are going to be amazing.

16 GB is plenty for me. Everything is cloud based now, other than some music and photos I have on the phone.

RE: Single Core Processor
By cjohnson2136 on 10/26/2011 3:08:28 PM , Rating: 1
Even photos you wouldn't need to store them on a phone if you like to post to social media right away.

RE: Single Core Processor
By TakinYourPoints on 10/26/2011 9:08:11 PM , Rating: 1
Exactly, faster specs are relevant only when it is necessary to drive a sub-optimal operating system (Android) or when you want to run games with bleeding edge mobile graphics (iOS, and at this point the A4 in the iPhone 4 will be plenty for another year).

WP7 was already much smoother and faster on slower hardware than the latest Android handsets. Single-core or dual-core is irrelevant when there is such a difference in how optimized the operating systems are. People need to pay less attention to spec sheets and more attention to practical performance and usage scenarios.

RE: Single Core Processor
By Reclaimer77 on 10/26/2011 9:44:00 PM , Rating: 1
Can you show documentation of how Android is "sub optimal" or is this just more biased bullshit from you?

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