Nokia Debuts Windows Phones But Not Here

As expected, Finnish phone giant Nokia debuted a pair of smartphones Wednesday in London at its Nokia World conference that are based on Microsoft's Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" operating system.

However, rumors that they won't be available in the U.S. until after the crucial holiday sales season also turned out to be true, frustrating Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT) push to make headway in the mobile market sooner.

Instead, the two new Windows Phones -- the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710 -- will be available first in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain, beginning in November, from 31 operators and retailers.

The Lumia 800 and 710 will also be available in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year, and in further markets in early 2012, a Nokia statement said.

Further, Nokia executives said the company will have a "portfolio" of Windows Phones in the U.S. after the first of the year, and in China during the first half of 2012. The phones will support WCDMA and HSPA, and Nokia will also have LTE and CDMA devices in appropriate markets.

Last spring, a Nokia executive said that, once it begins delivering Windows Phone devices, the company will follow up -- as it has in the past -- with new handsets "every two or three months."

The Lumia 800, which will cost approximately $585, features a 3.7-inch AMOLED display, a graphics processing unit (GPU) and hardware acceleration, and a 1.4 GHz CPU, along with Carl Zeiss camera optics, HD video, and 25 GB of onboard memory.

Meanwhile, the Lumia 710 will cost about $376, and features the same 1.4 GHz CPU, GPU and hardware acceleration as the Lumia 800.

"We're driving innovation throughout our entire portfolio, from new smartphone experiences to ever smarter mobile phones," Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO and president, said in a statement.


Stuart J. Johnston is a contributing editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals. Follow him on Twitter @stuartj1000.


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