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Nokia Announces Two Windows Phone Devices at Nokia World

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Nokia held an event in London the other day where they announced two new Windows Phone 7.5 handsets.  Read on for details.

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Nokia announced two new Mango handsets: the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710.  First up, let’s see how Microsoft described the Lumia 800:

At a glance

With the Nokia Lumia 800 every detail floats to life on the surface of the curved 3.7” ClearBlack display, bringing striking clarity, indoors and out. And with a seamless, deep-dyed body, and cutting-edge 8MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, you’ve got a revolutionary smartphone in the palm of your hand. Specific colors vary by country. Check with your local retailer for more information.

Highlights

Seamless design with curved glass and one-piece body

ClearBlack floating 3.7” AMOLED display

Carl Zeiss 8MP wide angle lens

Coming first to UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, and Netherlands.

Phone specs

Display

800×480 (ClearBlack floating 3.7” AMOLED display)

Processor

1.4 GHz Single Core / Qualcomm

Camera

Yes (8MP, Carl Zeiss lens with LED flash, autofocus, and HD video)

Battery Life

8 hours/16 days

This is a beautiful looking phone.  Technical specifications include WCDMA and quad-band GSM, perfect for European customers.  I was a little disappointed that there is no front facing camera, and if this handset is to come to the US, it will have to be on AT&T or T-Mobile as it is GSM.  Here is a picture that shows the handset:

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The phone can be preordered now.  Vodaphone is charging £199 on pre-orders.

Nokia also announced a lower-end phone with a plastic back called the Lumia 710.  Here is how Microsoft described the Lumia 710:

At a glance

The Nokia Lumia 710 with Windows Phone. A different day, a different look. Xpress covers can be swapped out for an extra splash of color—and even matched up with your Start screen. Not to mention the super-fast Internet Explorer Mobile web browser, which lets you follow the next big story in real time, with easy online sharing to bring friends into the conversation. Specific colors vary by country. Check with your local retailer for more information.

Highlights

Add apps, swap colors, swap covers

Get your social network updates in one place

ClearBlack display lets you see clearly indoors or outdoors

Coming first to UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, and Netherlands.

Phone specs

Display

800×480 (ClearBlack 3.7” WVGA)

Processor

1.4 GHz Snapdragon Single Core

Camera

Yes (5MP with LED flash and autofocus)

Battery Life

8 hours/18 days

This is also a quad-band GSM and WCDMA phone, and also lacks a front-facing camera.  Here is a picture:

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There are currently no pre-order options for the 710.

Microsoft and Nokia are off to a good start with these phones.  Neither phone is 4G, and these are single core processors onboard, so they lag behind the latest Android handsets, but I have high hopes for Windows Phone 7 handsets as they continue to roll out new phones.

Jim McCarthy
My tech interests include WHS, media streaming, and gaming, among others!

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