Nokia has taken the wraps off its first Windows Phone handsets at Nokia World today.
Hailing them as a new dawn for the company – and hopefully not a leap from the frying pan of Symbian into an equally arid sales environment – Stephen Elop said that “we are bringing compelling new products to the market faster than ever before”.
And not rushing them to the market, we hope, even though Nokia has worked on a very tight time frame of eight months to produce the pair.
The two handsets unveiled today were the social networking oriented Lumia 800, and the budget minded Lumia 710.
Nokia’s Lumia 800 is a stylish looking device which is “stunningly social”, apparently. It features one-touch social network access, a neat contact grouping system and integrated communication threads, so it’s tightly bundled all round on the social front.
Spec-wise the handset has a 3.7 inch AMOLED curved display and a 1.4GHz processor. The 8 megapixel camera boasts Carl Zeiss optics and is HD capable, an impressive sounding little unit.
16GB of memory is on board, twice the standard 8GB generally found on previous WP7 handsets, and 25GB of Skydrive space is provided for cloud storage of media.
The price has been announced too, and as this is a higher end device, it weighs in at the top end of Nokia’s expected competitive pricing – 420 Euros, to be precise. Which will likely translate to around £380 or so.
The Lumia 710 is a more budget minded affair at 270 Euros, so should (hopefully) weigh in a bit under £250.
It doesn’t look as flash, being billed as “no-nonsense”, but can at least be personalised with interchangeable back covers. It comes with the same 1.4GHz processor and 3.7 inch display, which is good to see, although corners have obviously been cut with the camera dropped to 5 megapixels.
Still, at the affordable price point it’s definitely a device worth considering.
Both phones, naturally enough, run the latest version of Windows Phone 7.5, or Mango as it’s also known, which has been positively received by critics since its roll out.
The Lumia 800 will be available in the UK next month, although we’ll have to wait until early next year before its budget brother emerges.