Nokia have just announced the latest smartphone in their stable, the Nokia Lumia 800. The phone is a variant of the incredibly popular but ultimately doomed N9, combining the excellent hardware of that phone with a properly supported operating system: Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.
The phone is the same size as the N9, at 116 x 61 x 12 mm and a weight of 142g. That’s a bit thick and heavy compared to other flagship phones (the Galaxy S2 is 8.5mm thick and weighs 116g, while the iPhone 4S is 9.3mm and weighs 140g), although the phone reportedly sits quite nicely in the hand, thanks to its curved edges. Like the earlier N9, the phone will also come in pink, blue and black.
The phone is expected to be released in Western Europe in early November, with a marketing budget three times bigger than any other Nokia launch. The phone is expected to be released at €420. This is going to be a very busy period for smartphone releases, with big new Android phones including the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Motorola RAZR already confirmed for an November launch.
Nokia are releasing two other Windows phones too, the Lumia 710 and Lumia 900. The 710 is a smaller, not-N9 version of the Lumia 800, with a smaller 8 GB of internal memory and a slightly worse camera but also a lower price tag at €270. Of the two, I expect the 800 to win out as its N9 design is the most unique — the 710 is decidedly more average looking.
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