Nokia Launches Windows Phone 7 Smartphones

After years of watching as the iPhone and Android smartphones diminished its market share, Nokia Corp. today introduced its first Windows Phone 7 handsets.

Last February, the Finnish cellphone maker aligned with Microsoft in hopes of regaining its once dominant position in the mobile handset market. The Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 are the first products to emerge from the Microsoft-Nokia marriage.

Both phones will use Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and include specialized apps that include Nokia Drive for turn-by-turn navigation, Nokia Maps, Nokia Pulse (a social networking service), and Nokia Music.

The Lumia 800 features a 3.7-inch AMOLED curved display, a 1.4GHS processor and an 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics. There is no front-facing camera, however. The Lumia 800 will go on sale in November in the U.K., the Netherlands, Italy, France, Germany, and Spain, followed by Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan by year’s end and the U.S. in early 2012. The price is about €420 ($580).

At €270 (about $373), the Lumia 710 is a lower-priced model but features the same processor, hardware acceleration, and graphics processor as the Lumia 800, according to Nokia. It can be customized with exchangeable back covers. 

The Lumia models were introduced at Nokia World in London, the company’s annual bash for developers, partners, and customers. 


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