Nokia reveals first Windows Phones – the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710


26 Oct 2011

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Nokia has unveiled its first Windows Phone smartphones – the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 710.

The smartphones were revealed at the Nokia World event in London, showing off a number of feature phones and its two upcoming smartphones running on Windows Phone 7.5

Nokia signed a deal with Microsoft to make Windows Phone its primary OS and these devices are the first products of that deal.

"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.

Both smartphones will include Nokia features optimised for Windows Phone, such as Nokia Drive, a satellite navigation service with free turn-by-turn navigation and an in-car UI.

Nokia Music will feature MixRadio, a free global music-streaming app with hundreds of channels of music. Later this year, users will also get to create their own personalised channels from a global catalogue of ‘millions of tracks.’

Nokia Music also has Gigfinder, which lets users search for live local music. It will also allow users to buy concert tickets.

Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia Lumia 800

The Lumia 800 resembles the MeeGo-based Nokia N9, which was released in a limited number of markets.

Running on Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango), the device offers a 3.7-inch AMOLED screen and runs on a 1.4 GHz processor.

It includes a camera with Carl Zeiss optics and HD video playback. It also has 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB free space on Microsoft’s cloud storage service SkyDrive.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is expected to cost €420. It will be available in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK in November. It will arrive in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of 2011, with other markets to follow in 2012.

Lumia 710

Nokia Lumia 710

The Lumia 710 also has a 1.4GHz processor and runs on Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango.)

It has a 3.7-inch WVGA screen and a 5-megapixel, rear-facing camera.

The Lumia 710 will cost about €270 and will be available in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan by the end of the year. Other markets will follow at the start of 2012.