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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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RE: An important moment
By BrgMx5 on 10/26/2011 10:59:36 AM , Rating: 2
MS is fighting an uphill battle against the entrenched Apple and Google ecosystems, here

MS is clearly going after first time smartphone buyers, and turn around nokia brand defection (grab symbian upgrades to MS OS)

All analysts point to a big growth of new smartphone owners and MS/Nokia are going after them. If they market it right, i can see them succeed.

Phones and OS look cool, and if the interface is IOS smooth, great for them.

RE: An important moment
By Samus on 10/26/2011 2:01:36 PM , Rating: 3
it looks like MS/Nokia is coming with comparable/inferior handsets for a similar price.

A statement made by someone who clearly has never touched a Nokia product. They have among the most superior build quality in the electronics industry, period.

Basically Nokia is to phones what the (original) IBM Thinkpad is to laptops: legendary build quality.

That already places them above practically any China/Taiwan manufacture (looking at you, HTC) and still edges out Samsung, LG, S/E, RIM and yes, even Apple.

RE: An important moment
By Aloonatic on 10/26/2011 2:19:20 PM , Rating: 1
I admit, I've not really held a top end Nokia for a while, but I used to have a N95 (8GB) before my HTC desire, and I then bought a C1 recently (so not top end) to cover for my HTC Desire after it was run over on the driver way, before my contract was up.

The N95 broke before it's time, but at least it never stopped sliding properly. Sadly, the call end button fell out after part of the body snapped off in my pocket.

The C1 was OK, but the coating of the case started to rub off and the back stopped fitting snugly after the 3rd or fourth cover removal, and I only had i for 5 months before getting my new phone.

So I've had Nokias, and I'd say that their build is nothing special, but that's purely anecdotal, I'll admit.

RE: An important moment
By nafhan on 10/26/2011 3:39:11 PM , Rating: 1
I was referring to the whole package (software, hardware, ecosystem, etc.). Build quality is important, but not the only thing to consider.

Further, it's not necessarily something that's going to move a lot of product. It's arguable, but your example regarding IBM's Thinkpad division speaks to that... Basically, people will avoid horrible build quality, but most will be satisfied with the level of quality provided by they companies you mentioned.

RE: An important moment
By lecanard on 10/26/2011 2:49:21 PM , Rating: 2
Phones and OS look cool, and if the interface is IOS smooth, great for them.

It's smoother than iOS. I borrowed a Focus for a while and tried Mango out and now I can't wait for the Lumia so I can leave iOS behind. iOS is nice but just can't compare.

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