Nokia unveils first two Windows Phone handsets

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Manufacturer unveils first results of partnership with Microsoft at Nokia World event in London

Nokia has unveiled its first two new handsets to run the latest version of the Windows Phone 7 operating system, the Lumia 800 (pictured) and the Lumia 710.

Unveiled at the Nokia World event in London, the Lumia 800 has a curved 3.7-inch AMOLED screen and a 1.4 GHz processor.

It comes with 16GB of internal storage and a camera with a Carl Zeiss lens.

It will retail for around £365, and will be available in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain from November.

Phones 4U said it will stock the handset when it launches on November 16, and is offering its customers hands on time with the device from today.

Orange has also announced it will stock the Lumia 800 from November.

The 800 will be made available in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan before the end of the year, and in other markets in 2012.

The lower end Lumia 710 features the same 1.4GHz processor as the 800. It comes in black and white with black, white, cyan, fuchsia and yellow changeable back covers.

The Lumia 710 will launch in Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan alongside the 800, before being rolled out to other markets next year.

Nokia and Microsoft announced a strategic partnership at the start of this year, and the two new devices run the latest version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7.5, dubbed Mango.

Elop described the 800 and 710 as the first proper Windows Phone devices.

The new version of Windows Phone incorporates a number of innovative features, including messaging threads that tie together messages from, texts and instant messaging services and live-tiles which surface information from apps on a person’s home screen.

Nokia has differentiated its Windows Phone handsets from others made by manuf`curers such as HTC by including features such as touch-to-focus photos and downloads and streaming from its Nokia Music service.

Elop said: “Eight months ago, we shared our new strategy and today we are demonstrating clear progress of this strategy in action.

“We’re driving innovation throughout our entire portfolio, from new smartphone experiences to ever smarter mobile phones.

“From the Nokia Lumia 800 to the Nokia Asha 201, we are bringing compelling new products to the market faster than ever before. I’m incredibly proud of these new devices – and the people of Nokia who have made this happen.”

Nokia also unveiled four new Symbian handsets aimed at developing markets, the dual SIM Asha 200, and its single SIM sibling Asha 201, as well as the Asha 300 and Asha 303.

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  1. Lumina 800 looks great. but the N8 should of been running Android OS and they would of saved themselves a lot of time and money jumpng on the Android bandwagon intially just to keep up the pace with iOS..

    Now they got a lot of catching up to do

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