Before the iPhone was released the mobile phone market was a very different place, and while there was plenty of competition one company often stood head and shoulders above the rest – Nokia. Since the success of the N95 things haven’t been going quite so well for the Finnish company and despite successes such as the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic companies such as Apple, HTC and Samsung have stolen the limelight.
Many months have passed since Microsoft and Nokia announced a partnership which would see Nokia give up on Symbian and produce handsets running Windows Phone 7. Today the first two Nokia devices running WP7 were officially revealed.
Until now most Windows Phone 7 handsets have been pretty similar with only the Dell Venue Pro and HTC Pro 7 really doing anything to distance themselves from the rest of the pack thanks to their slide-out QWERTY keyboards. Today Nokia revealed two phones which appear to have a little more individuality than most other Windows Phone 7 devices and could trigger a renaissance for the former market leaders.
The Nokia Lumia 800 takes most of its design cues from the solid but largely unsuccessful N9 and the result is that the Lumia 800 looks both attractive and well built. The Lumia 800 is powered by a 1.4Ghz processor, has 16GB of internal storage, a 3.8″ AMOLED display, an 8MP camera and will run Windows Phone 7.5 otherwise known as Mango.
While the Lumia 800 is aimed at the higher end of the smartphone market the Lumia 710 is a cheaper alternative which should cost a couple of hundred pounds less. The Lumia 710 has the same 1.4Ghz CPU as the Lumia 800, a slightly smaller 3.7″ display and like some of the most popular Nokia phones of days gone by such as the 3310, the back cover can be replaced to customise your handset.
The Nokia Lumia 800 arrives in the UK on 16 November. T-Mobile and Orange are both confirmed to be stocking the Lumia 800. No word yet on a UK release for the Lumia 710. While it’s not quite make or break for Nokia they will be hoping the Lumia 800 could be the phone to take them back to the top.
UPDATE – Three UK have confirmed they will be selling the Lumia 800.