At a special event in London, today, Nokia proudly introduced “the first real Windows Phone”. The all new Lumia 800 looks almost alike the Nokia N9. The only difference being the Operating system; Lumia 800’s running Windows Phone Mango and not the short-lived MeeGo OS.
Besides, the Finnish company also introduced slightly lower specced Lumia 710, another running Windows Phone, accompanied by a smattering of Series 40 handsets — dubbed Asha — which pretends to be smartphones but are dumb (“feature”) phones.
We, by now, are all aware of how Windows Phone Mango looks like and its simple, contemporary good looks along with the truly original tile based UI has impressed us all. But until now, there hasn’t really been a handset to completely arrest the attention of people. And so, the mind blowing Lumia 800 might actually be “the first real Windows Phone.”
The features of both phones are kind of similar. Both the 800 and 710 share a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm chip and a 3.7-inch, 480 x 800 capacitive screens. The 800 has an AMOLED display, while the 710 gets by with TFT.
While the 800 has an amazing 16 GB storage and an 8 MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics (ƒ2.2), the 710 has a more than decent 5 MP cameras (ƒ2.4) and 8 GB storage, but only the lower-end 710 has a microSD card slot for expansion. Both have 512 MB RAM.
So the phones have certain chic and contemporary features and even the prices are quite affordable. The 800 is shipping now to stores in the U.K., France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands and will be available at €420 ($585). The 710 will cost €270 ($376) and ship to Hong Kong, India, Russia, and Taiwan this year. The following year (2012) will see it reaching further abroad, presumably to wash up on U.S shores at some point.
The Lumia 800 has the capacity to be huge, a throwback to the times of the Nokia 3210 and 3310. And it is anticipated to please the mass market more than Android handsets, which have inconsistent and ugly UIs, the terrible battery life and their laggy touch response. Best Wishes, Nokia!
Checkout the video tour of Lumia 800 below and let us know if you think Nokia Lumia 800 & 710 will give Apple’s iPhone a run for its money.