Nokia debuts Lumia 800, 710, first Windows Phone handsets

After announcing its partnership with Microsoft in February, Nokia finally introduced the "first real Windows Phone." Meet the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710.

Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia Lumia 800 Stephen Shankland/CNET

Today, Nokia unveiled its first Windows Phone handsets, the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710.

Nokia Lumia 800
Calling it the "first real Windows Phone," Nokia said it designed the Lumia 800 from the inside out and features a durable polycarbonate plastic body with a curved 3.7-inch ClearBack AMOLED (480x800 pixels) touch screen. It's powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and has 16GB of internal memory. Users will also be given 25GB of free storage through Microsoft's cloud-based SkyDrive service.

Nokia has always been known for equipping its smartphones with excellent cameras, and it looks like the Lumia 800 will be no different. It comes with an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 Carl Zeiss Tessar lens. It's capable of capturing 720p HD video at 30fps, and the camera app offers various editing options, such as red-eye reduction, motion blur reduction, and white balance controls, and includes an instant-share feature.

In addition to the apps and services provided by Windows Phone, the Lumia 800 will also come preloaded with several apps built specifically for Nokia's devices. This includes an ESPN Sports Hub, Nokia Drive for free, turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation, and Nokia Music and Mix Radio, a free music-streaming service with the ability to create personalized channels.

The Nokia Lumia 800 will be available in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and United Kingdom in November. Pricing is expected to go around 420 euros ($585 U.S.), and you can preorder yours today through Nokia's Web site.

Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia Lumia 710
For a more affordable option, Nokia also introduced the Lumia 710. Priced at 270 euros ($376 U.S.), the smartphone shares the same 1.4GHz processor and 3.7-inch ClearBack AMOLED touch screen as the 800 and will also come with the aforementioned apps. However, it only has 8GB of internal memory (expansion slots accepts up to 16B cards) and comes with a 5-megapixel camera.

The Lumia 710 will be available in black or white but offers the option of customizing it with replaceable back covers. The Lumia 710 is expected to ship in Russia, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong, and Singapore later this year, with more markets coming in the first half of 2012.

Nokia Lumia 710

U.S. availability
As for the U.S., it looks like we won't see any Nokia Windows Phone devices this year. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said it will introduce a portfolio of Windows Phone devices for the U.S. in early 2012, but he did not specify whether that would include the Lumia 800 and 710. Elop added that the company plans to develop CDMA and LTE devices to meet local market requirements.

 

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