Nokia's long-awaited Windows Phone 7 handsets have been invited into our houses, sat down, and given a thorough introduction today, after months (years! it felt like years!) of rumours and leaks. The Lumia 800, previously known as the N800, previously known as Sea Ray, is the colourful flagship, and the Lumia 710 (Sabre) is very much for the younger crowd, with its swappable covers.
Truth be told though, both phones have a vibrant and fun exterior so are sure to bowl anyone "young at heart" over, especially with the added features Nokia's included on the phones, such as the turn-by-turn navigation software Nokia Drive and Nokia Music, which can connect people with 14 million downloadable tracks and 100 radio channels. Not sure about the rest of us though -- back to Microsoft's other WP7 partners we go.
The Lumia 800, known as the Sea Ray for months now, has been leaked so many times that it already feels familiar. The official specs however include a 3.7-inch WVGA 800 x 480 AMOLED screen; 1.4Ghz MSM8255 Snapdragon processor with 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. An 8-megapixel camera with LED flash has also been bolted on, because really, it'd be a shame if Nokia's flagship was hulking down with the 5-megapixel boys. Inside, a 1450mAh battery lurks -- not bad, but it could definitely be better. It's not as svelte as some of the other just-announced phones, such as the Motorola Droid RAZR, but its 12.1mm waistline is an improvement over the days of the N95, at the very least.
Available in bog-standard black, but also blue and pink. Its stablemate, the Lumia 710, is available in a wider range of colours, with the clip-on cases being the main selling point. You can choose between a black or white front, plus the same colours for the reverse, along with blue, pink and yellow.
The Lumia 710 has the same screen size as the 800, at 3.7-inches, but is just a WVGA TFT job. The very same 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor has been used, along with the 512MB of RAM, but there's less internal storage at just 8GB, and only a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash.
After so many leaks, rumours and speculation, it's hard not to feel a little disappointed with Nokia's showings today. This is a company that's worked closely with Microsoft -- like no other WP7 partner before -- so the fact they've only got a few added features to boast about really isn't much. Downloadable music tracks? Really? It's been less than a year since you shuttered shop on Comes With Music, Nokia. Let us know your thoughts on Nokia's announcements, downstairs.
While prices haven't been announced yet for the Lumia 800 and 710, Phones4U claims they will be in-store on the 16th of November.