Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Nokia announces the Lumia 800, the 'first real Windows Phone'

Finally, here it is. The flagship device Nokia is counting on to bring a smile to our phone-loving faces, a sigh of relief to its shareholders, and a twinkle to the eyes of Finnish tax collectors everywhere. 

And, guess what? This heavily leaked handset might just live up to our high expectations. From the outside, it's very similar to our beloved N9. Dubbed the "first real Windows Phone," this device is sculpted from the same 12.1mm (0.48-inch) thick of piece of durable polycarbonate plastic, with tapered edges on the top and bottom to give it that industrial look and make it feel thinner it really is. Nokia's ClearBlack AMOLED display makes a welcome reappearance too. When we take a look at the insides, though, it's all about that fresh beginning: those bold squares you see on the screen are, of course, the sleek live tiles of Windows Phone Mango.

Below are the known official specifications:
  • Polycarbonate shell available in three colors: black, cyan and magenta
  • 3.7-inch curved ClearBlack AMOLED display
  • 1.4 GHz single-core processor
  • F2.2 Carl Zeiss lens (on the camera) with "optimized" flash
  • 16 GB of internal user storage
  • HD video playback
  • Price point: 420 euros

Apart from several Windows Phone 7 features, Nokia has shown off Nokia Drive on the 800, exclusive and for free on their Lumia devices. It offers full voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation in a 3D interface. Nokia Music will also be available for the device, with a feature called Mix Radio which streams music from "mixes" based on genres and styles. Mixes can also be downloaded for offline use for free where there is no network connection. Nokia claims this will "solve the mobile music problem".

Finally, ESPN sports hub will be available for Nokia devices, providing sports scores and teams for different sports provided by ESPN. Nokia is making things pinnable, with leagues and teams being pinnable to the start screen. All the announced services are free and only on Nokia.

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