Nokia Lumia 800 and 710 price and release dates confirmed

The Nokia Lumia 800 is out now, but the more affordable Nokia Lumia 710 isn't hitting shops until next year.

Good news and bad news: the Nokia Lumia 800 is out now, but the more affordable Nokia Lumia 710 isn't hitting shops until next year.

The Lumia 800 and 710, Nokia's first smart phones powered by Microsoft's Windows Phone software, were announced today at the Nokia World event in London. The hotly anticipated Lumia 800 is on sale today, to arrive in your hands on 16 November, while the 710 will arrive some time in the first quarter of 2012.

Three, Orange and Vodafone are selling the Nokia 800, which comes in sleek black, cheery fuchsia pink or a luminous turquoise-y blue. It's yours for free on two-year contracts starting at £26, or 18 months from £31, from either Vodafone or Orange. The phone also comes with an accessory pack, containing a Bluetooth headset and case.

You can also buy the 800 at Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U and best Buy. On it's own the 800 costs around £450, while the 710 is set to cost around £250. That sounds pricey, but bear in mind that once you've forked out that lump sum up-front you can save in the long-term by getting yourself a cheap SIM from GiffGaff or any other network.

Like the iPhone, the new phones use a micro-SIM card, which is like a normal SIM card but chopped in half. Here's our guide to turning your SIM card into a micro SIM.

Both phones run the latest version of Windows Phone, known as Mango. The 800 packs a 3.7-inch screen, 8-megapixel camera and 1.4GHz processor.

Our crack team of phone fondlers is at Nokia World right now, getting some hands-on time with all the new Nokias. Keep it CNET UK for videos, reviews and first impressions.

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