(Better late than never)
Last week, Nokia announced two windows phones during the keynote session at Nokia world. They are the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710. The phones run windows phone 7.5 and are the first devices that are the direct result of the Feb 11 decision to build Windows Phones. Nokia had limited impact on Windows Phone Mango, but did manage to get a few apps in to differentiate themselves – Nokia Drive, Nokia Music and ESPN. As for the hardware, they are certainly more interesting devices visually than the vast majority of the current Windows Phone lineup.
The Nokia Lumia 800 is effectively an N9 with Windows Phone which means it has that milled polycarbonate body, a curved screen, and no battery cover. The only real change in the external hardware of the 800 compared to the N9 is it has the three capacitive keys at the base of the screen leaving the screen at 3.7″, and also has a dedicated camera key, something the N9 lacks, but no front-facing camera.
Internally it has a 1.4Ghz processor, 512MB ram, 16GB memory, and 3G radios that will vary by market – no pentaband radio, like most recent Nokia smartphones. You can see the original announcement at Nokia Conversations, as well as see videos, and more information is at the Lumia 800 product page.
The Nokia 710 is much like a Nokia 603 externally and is the more affordable sibling of the Nokia 800. it has a 5mp camera and 8gb memory, as well as replaceable battery covers which come in a variety of colors. There is also a page for this at Nokia Conversations and more information at the Lumia 710 product page.
Both devices are launching in western Europe (UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Netherlands) this quarter, as well as several other countries before the end of the year (Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Russia Taiwan).
The US is supposed to see the Nokia Windows Phone in 2012, with rumors that the 710 is headed for T-Mobile, an LTE version of the 800 may end up at Verizon. There is a lot more content about both devices all over the Internet, and you can see a lot of the content from Nokia at Nokia Conversations, by clicking here.