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Nokia’s first Windows Phones – Lumia 800 and 710 – announced

Today, Nokia announced their very first Windows Phone smartphones. The two announced devices run Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

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Nokia Lumia 800 – light fantastic

Nokia Lumia 800 is the first Windows Phone device announced by Nokia Mobile
Lumia 800 is the first Windows Phone by Nokia

The Lumia 800 is the amazing N9‘s identical twin, sharing the same body with it. Here is an excerpt from Nokia’s official announcement:

The polycarbonate body is all subtle curves topped with a bright AMOLED ClearBlack display with toughened glass stretching to the sides of the phone. The Back, Start, and Search buttons on the front of the screen are set in the glass, so there are no interruptions to the smooth surface. The phone comes in three vivid colours: black, cyan and magenta. On the back, there’s an eight-megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics. The camera also shoots HD video at 30 frames per second. Social sharing or online storage can happen automatically or with two taps on the interface.

Inside, there’s a 1.4GHz processor and graphics coprocessor driving the operating system to deliver a silky-smooth user experience. There’s 16 GB of internal user memory, with cloud computing integrated to offer 25GB of free SkyDrive storage for your music and pictures. Communications are handled by a quad band reception, up to HSDPA 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth. Talk time is rated at up to 13 hours, or standby for up to 335 hours. It measures 116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm and weighs 142g.

The Nokia Lumia 800 will be available from November in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK, across 31 operators. The estimated retail price is €420 (about N93,000), before any local taxes or subsidies. Other territories including Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan will see the Nokia Lumia 800 before the end of the year, with even more markets following in early 2012.

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Nokia Lumia 710: easy, fast and fun

Nokia Lumia 710


The Lumia 710 costs significantly less, but is no pushover either.

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The Nokia Lumia 710 offers an accessible entrance to Windows Phone, enhanced with features that bring Nokia’s great strengths to bear. It’s a bright and fashionable phone, offering customization through exchangeable back covers and thousands of apps.

It comes in black and white varieties, with the choice of black, white, cyan, fuchsia, and yellow back covers. The 3.7-inch screen offers an 800 x 480-pixel resolution with a ClearBlack TFT for great colours and readability even in bright sunlight. At the rear, there’s a five-megapixel autofocus camera with an LED flash. The camera can also shoot HD video at 30 frames-per-second.

Packing the same 1.4GHz processor, hardware acceleration and graphics processor as the Nokia Lumia 800, the Nokia Lumia 710 offers exceptional performance at this price point. Inside, there’s 8GB of storage memory and 512MB of RAM. It has quad band radio reception, 3G up to HSDPA, WiFi and Bluetooth, so the communications options are covered. The phone measures 119 x 62.4 x 12.5 mm and weighs 125.5g.

Available from the end of 2011, the Nokia Lumia 710 will first appear in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore, and Taiwan before becoming available in further markets in 2012. The Nokia Lumia 710 is expected to cost around €270 (about N60,000) before any local taxes or subsidies.

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History is made, with the announcements of these very first Windows Phone smartphones from Nokia. What do you think of these first WP offerings from Nokia? Will this adventure be a successful one?

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