Is the Nokia Lumia 800 the key to Windows Phone’s success?

Short answer: No. Longer answer: Nokia’s marketing is more important to Microsoft. As you already know by now the recently unveiled Nokia Lumia 800 isn’t really a groundbreaking piece of hardware. The design and build quality may be top notch but it still lacks several features that most people came to expect on a high-end handsetNoFront facing camera, no Gyroscope, more internal storage. Some are disappointed while others simply don’t care because the device is probably good enough for them. The Nokia Lumia 720 is on lower end of the spectrum but thankfully Nokia kept it’s CPU clocked at 1.4Ghz like its bigger brother the Lumia 800.

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Nokia Lumia 800 hardware specifications


Here’s the full detailed hardware specifications of the Nokia Lumia 800. If the whole thing is correct (won’t be surprised if it isn’t) then you’ll be happy to know that it will use a Micro-Sim like the Nokia N9, have a TV-Out feature (how? cause WP7 doesn’t officially support such feature other than the dodgy TV-out one used for onscreen demonstration during keynotes) and support USB Mass Storage (again..WP7 doesn’t officially support that so something is fishy here…). Check it out after the break:

UPDATE: Looks like I was right…TV-Out and USB Mass Storage support have be removed from the official feature list…Oh and there apparently no Gyroscope…

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Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710 announced: Nokia Drive, Nokia Music and advertising videos


Nokia has finally unveiled the Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phones. There’s no surprise though as the Lumia 800 is nothing more than a modified Nokia N9 with the basic
Windows Phone chassis internals (MSM8255 clocked at 1.4Ghz) a smaller 3.7″ ClearBlack AMOLED WVGA screen and the same camera sensor. There’s essentially zero hardware differentiation besides the polycarbonate chassis and the camera (no Front Facing camera, no DLNA application shown..). The Nokia Lumia 710 is the lower-end model with what seems like the same 3.7″ ClearBlack TFT LCD display but an MSM8255 clocked at 1.4gGhz.

The Nokia Lumia 800 is coming to France, Germany, Italy, UK, Netherlands and Spain in November. Hon Kong, Taiwan, Russia, Singapore and India etc before the end of the year (same for the Nokia 710). Nothing for the US folks. Sorry…. The Lumia 800 will retail for €420 and the Lumia 710 for €270 without contract and before taxes.

Nokia has also demoed the Nokia Drive which is the company’s free turn-by-turn navigation application that will come pre-loaded on the Lumia 800 and Lumia 710:

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Nokia Lumia 800 Benchmarks. No Front facing camera

Ready to be disappointed? The Nokia Lumia 800 doesn’t have a front facing camera (we already saw that in the leaked video). Now that we got this out the way let’s take a look at the device synthetic performance based on a some body’s hands on experience with the device. As you will see in the benchmark scores below the Nokia Lumia 800 is on par with the HTC Titan (and most probably the Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash / Omnia W) given that all those handsets have an MSM8255 clocked at either 1.4ghz or 1.5Ghz. That’s the joy of Windows Phone 7 folks: All devices have roughly the same performance so you will have to make your buying decision based on something else. The Lack of FF camera sucks though and the Pent-Tile AMOLED display is no longer the hottest thing in town.

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Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 to be announced tomorrow

We now know the official names of Nokia’s first windows Phones that are going to be unveiled tomorrow. The first one is the Nokia Lumia 800 also known as the Searay and the Nokia Lumia 710 formerly known as the Nokia Sabre. Besides the blurry pics and the Lumia 800 pictures above not much else is know about them but I’m sure that we can all guess the specification by now.

UPDATE: They have been announced. Check out all the info and videos here. The Nokia Lumia 800 hardware specifications here.

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