It’s time to get excited about Nokia again! The Finnish handset maker, having decided that Symbian is no match to iOS and Android, has finally unveiled not one, but two Windows Phone — the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710.
The Lumia 800 is the final product of the N9-lookalike Windows Phone, codenamed “Sea Ray”, that Stephen Elop showed off in June. Labeled as “the first real Windows Phone” by the Nokia CEO, the Lumia 800 is powered by Windows Phone Mango, has a 3.7-inch display with 800 x 400 resolution, 1.4Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 chip, 512MB RAM, 16GB on-board storage with 25GB free SkyDrive cloud storage and an 8-megapixel camera.
The exterior looks almost the same as the N9, but there are several clues to differentiate them. The most obvious one would be the back, start and search keys on the front — a feature found on all Windows Phone devices. Though both Lumia 800 and N9 have the same dimensions, the Lumia 800’s screen is 0.2-inch smaller because of the new keys.
The Lumia 800 also sports a new camera shutter button and a re-positioned camera flash.
The Lumia 710, on the other hand, is a cheaper variant of the 800. The internals are almost identical, but the 710 has a 5-megapixel camera instead of an 8, and only 8GB on-board storage instead of 16. To compensate, the Lumia 710 has a handy microSD card slot. And while the Lumia 710 isn’t enclosed with a unibody chasis like its brother, its funky back cover can be interchanged.
The Lumia 800 will be available in the UK, France, Spain, Germany Italy and the Netherlands in November for €420. The more affordable 710 will available in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan this year at €270. Unfortunately, there’s no information on U.S. release at this point.
Both devices come with exclusive Nokia apps, such as Nokia Drive, a free turn-by-turn navigation app, and MixRadio, a free global mobile music-streaming service with hundreds of locally-relevant music channels.