Nokia Unveils First Two Windows Smartphones - Lumia 710/800

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Nokia’s marriage to Microsoft and Windows Phone 7 bore its first fruit Wednesday with the announcement of the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 smartphones. Announced at Nokia World in London, the two new devices represent Nokia first efforts at clawing back market share in the smartphone market the company used to own.

“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,” Stephen Elop, Nokia President and CEO, said in a statement.

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The Nokia Lumia 800 is the more expensive of the two devices at €420 or roughly US$580.76. That price is before subsidies, and is below the $649 Apple is asking for an unsubsidized iPhone in the U.S.

The device features a 3.7” AMOLED “ClearBlack” display that protrudes slightly from the body of the phone, as you can see in the image to the left. The resolution of the display is 800 x 480. It is powered by a single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It has 512MB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, but Microsoft is augmenting that with 25GB of cloud-based storage (mind the data plans).

The Lumia 800 uses three dedicated hardware keys, one for power, one for volume, and one for the camera. It has a single 8 megapixel camera in the back that features optics by Carl Zeiss. It is being offered in three colors, cyan, magenta and black.

The dimensions of the Lumia 800 are 116.5mm (height) x 61.2mm (width) x 12.1mm (thick). It weighs 142 grams. That compares to 115.2mm x 58.6mm x 9.3mm, with a weight of 140 grams for the iPhone 4S. The iPhone also features an 800 MHz dual core A5 processor and a resolution of 960 x 640.

It runs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

Lumia 710

The Lumia 710 is a lower priced entry, at only €270 ($373.41) before subsidies. It also features the 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor and it is available in white with black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow back covers. It’s larger than the Lumia 800 at 119.0mm x 62.4mm x 12.5 mm, but it’s lighter, at 126 grams.

The camera is lower resolution at 5 megapixel, and the optics were not provided by Carl Zeiss. The screen is the same resolution, at 800 x 480, but it’s a TFT display, rather than an AMOLED. It has 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (it does not come with free cloud storage from Microsoft).

The 710 also runs Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.

We should also note that neither device looks a thing like the iPhone, something some other manufacturers have seemingly had difficulty doing.

 

Lumia 710

Nokia 710

Lastly, Nokia introduced several other Internet-connected feature phones that don’t compete with the iPhone.

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7 Comments Leave Your Own

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Nothing like the iPhone? That snapshot looks as iPhoney as the Samsung one floating around that mistakes the app drawer for the home screen. Just sayin…

skipaq

I guess we will see if MS can make a go with this. It would be good if they did; so hopefully the revues and sales will get them started.

webjprgm

Nothing like the iPhone? That snapshot looks as iPhoney as the Samsung one floating around that mistakes the app drawer for the home screen. Just sayin?

The picture in the linked article is more of a front-on view, and has an interface with icon rows that are a bit more similar to iPhone.  So, sure it kinda sorta looks like an iPhone.

The pictures above, however, are at an angle and with a clearly-different Windows Phone interface.  So they look nothing like an iPhone.

It all depends on the picture.  Kinda like statistics, you can lie. 

The straight-on pictures hide some of the shape and coloration of the physical device.  These angled ones suggest that, when seen in real life, the Nokia phones will be quite different from Apple ones.  Hurray for uniqueness.

Tiger

Talk about took like a child’s toy. I find the device look as laughable. Unsofisticated. Immature.

And that’s just my first impression!

Lee Dronick

Talk about took like a child?s toy. I find the device look as laughable. Unsofisticated. Immature.

Yeah kind of like something from Fisher-Price. Doesn’t mean that it isn’t a good device, just that the color combinations make it look kitschy. But, hey apparently I am the one person in the World who liked the brown Zune, or least the one person to admit it.

What material did they use for the body?

Bryan Chaffin

I like the Lumia 800. I think it looks sharp. In some ways, it reminds me of the iPod nano (but only abstractly).  I also like the Droid Bionic. It’s a sexy-looking form factor.

On the other hand, the 710 does look like toy-like and cheap.

skipaq

Lee, the 710 looks like it was made from kiln fired Playdoh. wink Seriously, they must have other colors that would be on the conservative side.

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