Enter Nokia Lumia 800 - "the first real Windows Phone"

Enter Nokia Lumia 800 - "the first real Windows Phone"
We've been waiting 8 months for its make-it-or-break-it Windows Phone strategy to materialize in something tangible, and today CEO Stephen Elop whipped out the Nokia Lumia 800 - the first Nokia Windows Phone! 

Stephen Elop actually went so far as calling it "the first real Windows Phone". 

Available in black, cyan and magenta, it is crafted in the ergonomic pillow-shaped form of the Nokia N9, made out of deep-colored polycarbonate, and sporting a 3.7" 480x800 pixels ClearBlack AMOLED display, as expected. The handset is 0.48" (12.1mm) thick, on 124g of weight. 

It is powered by a 1.4GHz processor, with 16GB of internal storage, 1540mAh battery good for 9.5 hours of talk time in 3G mode, and a microSIM slot plus 14.4Mbps HSDPA radio and NFC. The 8MP camera on the back with Carl Zeiss lens sports f/2.2 aperture, and an optimized dual-LED flash aims to avoid washing out the details. The camera is capable of 720p HD video recording at 30 frames per second, and there are dual-mics for noise cancellation.

A lot of the initial presentation was spent to tout features that already come with Windows Phone Mango - People Hub, Pictures Hub, Microsoft Office Hub, IE9 Mobile, Xbox Live, 25GB SkyDrive storage, etc. - which are a first for a Nokia handset, of course.

The new twist is Nokia Drive - a full-fledged offline navigational software in most countries around the world, with free voice guidance - Nokia Maps translated to Windows Phone, which will be a great differentiation to stand out in the WP crowd. 

Another feature that sets the Nokia Lumia 800 is Nokia Music, a new way to find and experience music with something called Mix Radio - a seamless way to stream preconfigured mixes of full-length tracks without any subscription, login or other annoyances in the way, and you can download the mixes for offline listening.

The other freebie that will come only on Nokia Windows Phones is the ESPN Sports Hub, where you can look up stats, events ans scores, and you can even pin your favorites to the Start screen tile.

CEO Stephen Elop clarified that they already have over 30 carriers and retailers signed up to distribute the device, and the marketing push behind it will be unprecedented for a Nokia handset. The Nokia Lumia 800 is expected to land for about $580 (EUR 420) without carrier subsidies. 

The phones are already on the trucks to UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands for sales start in November. Before the end of the year it comes Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, India and Russia. 

US comes next in early 2012, China in the first quarter of 2012, and all baseband radios will be covered down the road - HSPA+, CDMA and LTE (Verizon people have been spotted at Nokia World 2011 today). The Nokia Lumia 800 is already available for preorder on Nokia's website.

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Lumia 800
  • Display 3.7 inches
    800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 1450 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 7.8



22. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

No, it's quad-band for now, the US versions will be tailored to our local carriers. Nokia mentioned CDMA and LTE variants are in the works too, which ties up with the rumors about Verizon getting it...

21. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

720p recording for a phone that won't even be released until 2012 is not a true flagship. Also, does this model use the same, Nokia, Pentaband radio for both T-Mobile AND AT&T in the US?!

19. Stevedojob

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

Nokia will be destroy by their Elop the "Trojan Horse" by using this OS

17. redmd

Posts: 1969; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I definitely did not wait 8 months for this. haha My O2X and GS2 served me well and will continue to do so until Nexus Prime or GNote arrives. WP7.5 UI Smoothness =/= functionality So how again will Nokia differentiate itself from the sea errr. pond of WP handsets? Nokia deflected on Android because it wants to set itself apart from the sea of droids as Elop puts it. But we can clearly see his intentions from then, which reinforced by these announcement now. I was really expecting a different WP handsets from Nokia, with more features and less limitations, I guess I failed. I am excited to see the faces of Symbian-WP converts when they found out they cant transfer files/pics through Bluetooth to other non-WP handsets. LOL

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

definately a step in the right direction.. now change it to Super Amoled (or SA+) and pull up the battery specs a bit more. Concidering its a hummingbird with the battery, it should last for a while with that battery. My SGS1 had only a 1500mAh battery and i could get it to last 36 hrs on android, so we should see the same or better with this device.

14. SpanishDeveloper

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 25, 2011

I think with this movement Microsoft and Nokia are going to suceed in gaining the third place in market share. I forecast the following with regard to market share for the next year: Android: 55-60% iOS: 30-35% Windows Phone: 10-15%

13. bigboss

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Yes. Trouble for apple and android .

15. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Not really,its rim and symbian precentage base descreases which is give wp a bit of a rise,but also largely due to massively subsidised prices on wp currently in Europe to try ignite some sales

11. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Pity th phone has a massively failing os due to horrendous old fashioned boring grid menu,squares which look like something off an 1980s vcr and also due to the os being massively limited in customization,apps and abilities. We sold windows 7 phones in the network shop I work in and after several months of not selling any we got rid of the ones we had to a warehouse,The new HTC radar has arrived and after 3 weeks not one is sold yet either. Nokia was having a very though time in the smartphone sector then they teamed up with an unwanted os system,trouble indeed.

18. redmd

Posts: 1969; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I agree with your post. Symbian-WP converts will be shocked on how much of the functionality Symbian has will be lost in WP in exchange for a smooth UI. Also the PRICE, I hope Lumia 710 will be priced like say Xperia Mini or lower, to attract new users or people bored with Android or iOS. Otherwise WP phones will still become a niche minority, an iOS-wannabe, expensive, limited but without thousands of ifarts.

20. TechPsycho

Posts: 32; Member since: Sep 05, 2011

very true.. big fail for nokia

10. eiyoy009

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 01, 2011

windows phone RRROOCCKKSS!!

12. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Sales how ever are RRROOCKKK BOTTTOM though,no one wants the system except a niche miniority

9. Arkadeep

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

India!! Woo hoo :D

8. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I love how Nokia makes some of the best looking phones (800) around and some of the ugliest (710). Atleast their products are different. Can't say the same about all the boring Samsung Android slabs (Bada and WP line seem to be better)

7. nagirodu

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

What about N703, 8gb variant of N800? No secondary Camera for video calling is a Deal-Breaker for me. Now, I have to look at Samsung now for a phone with Secondary Camera.

6. Padmasali

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Look Great...

5. santaclaus

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

no lumia 900. sad case

4. SpanishDeveloper

Posts: 43; Member since: Aug 25, 2011

This is going to be my next smartphone!! And because I'm from Spain, It will arrive here in november together with the Lumia 710. Now, Windows Phone Rules!

3. timmy_09

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

awesome! although they should have upped the screen to 4.3. i cant live with screens below my current hd7

2. Mr.Mr.Upgrade

Posts: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 2011

Garbage Nokia , Sprint, needs to jump off a cliff and be done with it

1. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Finally, lets see what windows can bring!

23. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

no kidding... wp7 is my favorite and with the sexy n9 loaded with a real os, it is sure looking great

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