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Nokia Shows Off Its First Windows Phone Offerings

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This is Nokia jump into the brave new world of Windows Phone.

It was a bold move when Nokia announced that it hitched itself to Windows Phone, dropping what could have been a MeeGo future. This announcement came in February, 2011, and now finally there are real Windows Phones from Nokia. Today in London, Nokia demonstrated the first two smartphones in its Windows Phone-based Nokia Lumia range.

Lumia 800

The Lumia 800 features an outer design that's much shared with the MeeGo-based N9. Instead of the 3.9-inch on the N9, the Lumia 800 has to make room for Windows Phone buttons, so instead there's a 3.7-inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display. It also packs a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm processor with hardware acceleration and graphics. The 8 MP Carl Zeiss optics with dual LED flash is activated with a dedicated camera button – something that the N9 doesn't have. It however, gives up a front-facing camera from the N9 in exchange for a status LED. It has 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB of free SkyDrive storage for storing images and music. For memory, the Lumia 800 has 512MB, down from the 1GB in the N9. The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 800 will be approximately 420 EUR ($480), excluding taxes and subsidies – also down from the 600 EUR ($830) N9. Pick from cyan, magenta and black.

Lumia 710

The Nokia Lumia 710 is further down the line at 270 EUR ($370), excluding taxes and subsidies, but it packs much of the same hardware as the Lumia 800. It has the same 1.4 GHz Qualcomm chip with 512 MB of RAM. It saves costs, however, with the 5 MP camera with a single flash, hardware navigation buttons, 3.7inch LCD instead of AMOLED, and only 8 GB of on-board storage. Like the Lumia 800, it also does not have a front-facing camera. It comes in black and white with exchangeable back covers with black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow back covers.

Custom Nokia Software on Windows Phone

Nokia hopes that custom software will set its offerings apart from the rest of Windows Phone manufacturers. Both smartphones include signature Nokia apps, including Nokia Drive, which delivers a full-fledged personal navigation device (PND) with free, turn-by-turn navigation and dedicated in-car-user-interface; and Nokia Music introducing MixRadio, a free, global, mobile music-streaming application that delivers hundreds of channels of locally-relevant music. In an update delivered later this year, Nokia Lumia users will also gain the ability to create personalized channels from a global catalogue of millions of tracks. Also integrated in Nokia Music is Gigfinder, providing the ability to search for live local music for a complete end-to-end music experience, as well as the ability to share discoveries on social networks and buy concert tickets also coming in the Nokia Music software update delivered later this year.

Nokia also showed off new audio accessories: the on-ear Nokia Purity HD Stereo Headset and the in-ear Nokia Purity Stereo Headset, co-designed and co-developed by Monster.

The new Nokia Lumia 800 is now available in select countries for pre-order and is scheduled to roll-out across France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK in November. It is scheduled to be available in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year, and in further markets in early 2012. Yes, that means it'll be 2012 before we see these Stateside, but they may be packing LTE and CDMA technologies.

The Nokia Lumia 710 is scheduled to be available first in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan toward the end of the year alongside the Nokia Lumia 800, before becoming available in further markets in early 2012.

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    petercl , October 26, 2011 9:17 PM
    Nice, in spanish lumia=prostitute
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    warezme , October 26, 2011 9:21 PM
    so that's why its available in whore red
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    plznote , October 26, 2011 9:25 PM
    Nice Thinking, Nokia.
    CHECK THE TRANSLATIONS.
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    jn77 , October 26, 2011 9:56 PM
    First thing I noticed is that it not have round corners like all the copy cat phones out there, but I am sure that will come at a price when people loose the phones after repeatedly putting them in their pockets so that holes get cut in the pockets. Nothing like holy pockets to loose stuff when walking around.
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    CyberAngel , October 26, 2011 10:15 PM
    The name reflects how the Elop of M$ raped the Lumia Nokia
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    southernshark , October 26, 2011 10:21 PM
    Really like this phone, I only wish it had a beefier processor (dual core at least). Hopefully when Win 8 comes out they will have a better processor in it. I would probably buy one then, as I tend to favor Nokia phones due to the lower price point.
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    jldevoy , October 26, 2011 10:50 PM
    I'm not sure much other than HD recording actually uses dual cores on anything other then the new iphone. Going for 1 faster core might make more sense in normal use.
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    techy74 , October 26, 2011 11:05 PM
    This is great news. I love Win 7, but would love flash support. Love Nokia phones have previously served me well: great features, strong and sturdy.

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    war2k9 , October 26, 2011 11:50 PM
    No dual core processor support on winmo 7.5. Maybe next winmo release.
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    silver565 , October 26, 2011 11:51 PM

    Ummm Nokia have always had a curved bottom to their phones. Go and look at something as old as the 6630
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    stm1185 , October 26, 2011 11:54 PM
    Colorful. They should rip off the old iMac adds when Apple was saying black white and beige was boring.
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    _Cubase_ , October 27, 2011 12:23 AM
    Who cares if Lumia is Spanish for Prostitute? It's very fitting... Nokia got paid good money to have another guy (Mango) inside her. The whore!
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    ben850 , October 27, 2011 12:25 AM
    peterclNice, in spanish lumia=prostitute


    Perhaps it means prostitute as in "You buy this and it will serve you."
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    bystander , October 27, 2011 12:27 AM
    The Lumia 800's definitely have a good look.
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    nik12937 , October 27, 2011 12:32 AM
    jn77First thing I noticed is that it not have round corners like all the copy cat phones out there, but I am sure that will come at a price when people loose the phones after repeatedly putting them in their pockets so that holes get cut in the pockets. Nothing like holy pockets to loose stuff when walking around.


    Yes because back in the days of the RAZR people were constantly complaining about their pockets being ravaged by their "non-rounded" phone.

    Ok buddy
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    epdm2be , October 27, 2011 12:33 AM
    techy74This is great news. I love Win 7, but would love flash support. Love Nokia phones have previously served me well: great features, strong and sturdy.

    You're very naive. Windows Phone 7 IS NOT windows 7 nor Windows Mobile. Microsoft deliberatly confuses ppl into buying their phone as on one hand they believe it's the successor to Windows Moble (it isn't, it's incompatible) and on the other it uses a similar naming convention as their desktop OS to make ppl believe it'll comunicate better with their windows desktop PC's (running windows 7).

    It's all a big scam. It has less features than ANY other mobile phone OS out there (including their own Windows Mobile) and has only good looks but NO substance. If it wasn't for Nokia they wouldn't even have decent navigation software. Which is in fact the ONLY reason for M$ to go to bed with Nokia. Nokia OWNS NavTeq!!!!! And NavTeq navigation is the ONLY differentiator for Nokia to (try to) sell Windows Phone 7 OS devices.

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    bystander , October 27, 2011 12:45 AM
    epdm2beYou're very naive. Windows Phone 7 IS NOT windows 7 nor Windows Mobile. Microsoft deliberatly confuses ppl into buying their phone as on one hand they believe it's the successor to Windows Moble (it isn't, it's incompatible) and on the other it uses a similar naming convention as their desktop OS to make ppl believe it'll comunicate better with their windows desktop PC's (running windows 7).It's all a big scam. It has less features than ANY other mobile phone OS out there (including their own Windows Mobile) and has only good looks but NO substance. If it wasn't for Nokia they wouldn't even have decent navigation software. Which is in fact the ONLY reason for M$ to go to bed with Nokia. Nokia OWNS NavTeq!!!!! And NavTeq navigation is the ONLY differentiator for Nokia to (try to) sell Windows Phone 7 OS devices.

    While I've not used a Win7 device, from those who have them, I've only heard good things. I'll kind my mind open, but I'll not likely consider one for a couple years as I have a pretty new Android HTC Thunderbolt.
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    house70 , October 27, 2011 1:39 AM
    You see, that's why Nokia is slipping away; they cheap out on hardware specs, like losing the front-facing camera, in order to save a few bucks by re-using the old casing for the phone. Very "smart" move, considering how Skype is now owned by Microsoft, and likely to get integrated in next WinPhone releases. Also, the screen is smaller, and it is NOT S-amoled, like it should be for better sunlight readability.
    In essence, they put out another couple of compromised phones, instead of going all guns ablaze and releasing a killer phone. That's why they have a hard time converting Android or iOS users: they are too cheap to do it right. Or too stupid; or both, IDK.
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    eddieroolz , October 27, 2011 2:25 AM
    I think these phones are quite a change for the better. Sure, the processor might be a 1.4GHz single-core but WP7 is nowhere as bloated and slow as Android is, so it doesn't even need such high-end hardware.

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    xerroz , October 27, 2011 2:52 AM
    Cool phones
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