Published on October 26th, 2011 | by Ramon Trotman6
Nokia Announces The New Windows Phones
Today at Nokia World, Nokia filled us in on what they’ve been working on for the past few months. After Microsoft and Nokia struck a deal, the technology world has been waiting to see the perfect software/hardware fusion. For the most part, Nokia has delivered.
The star of the show is called the Lumia 800. Featuring a 3.7 inch ClearBlack ALMOED display, a 1.4 Ghz Processor, 512MB of ram, 16GB of internal memory and will support HSDPA (4G.) It also sports a 8 megapixel Carl Zesis camera with a f2.2 aperture lens, dual-LED flash and all. The phone itself is made of a single piece of polycarbonate, which looks amazing with the curved display.
Nokia didn’t stop at hardware alone, they developed a few software goodies to go along with the new device. They’ll have a 3D navigation called Nokia Drive, some sort of ESPN app, and Nokia Music.
The phone will be available this November in the UK, Germany, Spain, France, Italy and The Netherlands for $584. As of now, no word on any US carriers interested in picking up the device.
check out the design history on the Lumia 800.
The Second device offering is called the Lumia 710. It shares the same specs as it’s 800 cousin, except it only has 8GB of storage and a 5 megapixel camera. As you can see, the design has its own character. It features removable back covers with plenty of color options to choose from. Check out the hands on video below.
So, was this worth the hype? Short answer, yes. When the partnership was announced, great expectations along with tons of doubt found their way into the equation. Nokia was the commander and chief of a dying platform and could have been hardware manufacture. Microsoft and it’s Windows Phone had a steep hill to climb in order to gain the “come back kid” title. So the energy surrounding the partnership was amazing. Now, after months of rumors and waiting, we get to a stellar piece of device called the Lumia 800. It has a design with purpose, a story, an awe. It has technical specs to please the tech savvy amongst us. And it also has an operating system as functional and beautiful as it’s hardware design.
Not everything is “right” with the device though. Even though stunning, the display maybe too small for some, the soft standard in the industry seems to be around 4 inches. There is no Front facing camera. With Microsoft’s newly acquired Skype platform well on the way, having such a beautiful device unable to take advantage of the video call era is a sin. There is also no NFC support, although this isn’t a big deal to consumers, the techies love it!
Short comings aside, the Lumia 800 will serve its purpose well. It will capture the markets outside of the US and give Microsoft the slice of the smartphone pie they’ve been looking for.
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Yup, NFC isn't a big deal right now. Come this time next year it will be standard. The lack of FFC makes sense because this is a non-US launch device. Data rates would be massive for target market consumers. There software innovation is the thing that makes these phones a winner.
I love the 800. i can see myself owning that for a while, only problem is no US for a while. you are right though that thing will be a hit overseas