Nokia Lumia 800 is “a simply elegant phone, the first “real” Windows Phone”, as Stephen Elop refers to it. We have to thank Stephen Elop for showing this device off himself at the end of June in that secret(ly recorded) meeting where we first got a glance at the Nokia SeaRay. Now the Finnish manufacturer made the phone official as the Nokia Lumia 800 Windows Phone.
“It looks AWESOME!!!!!” as Kevin Shields, Senior VP of Program and Product Management for the Smart Device yelled! Borrowing its aspect from the “pure-touch” MeeGo-powered Nokia N9, the Lumia 800 runs Windows Phone Mango, a platform about which Shields sais: “What you don’t see is a lame grid of application icons that sit there doing nothing”.
What’s in from the Nokia N9 aside from the aspect? First of all its the materials, that same monoblock polycarbonate which is very “reception-friendly”. Then there’s the eight-megapixel camera with f2.2 aperture lens with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED flash. It’s a camera “that works great used by ordinary people in ordinary conditions”.
With the Nokia Lumia 800 comes the free turn-by-turn 3D voice-guided navigation courtesy of Nokia, called Nokia Drive, making it the only Windows Phone with voice-guided navigation. There are over 69 million places included and the application supports an in-care landscape display.
Nokia Music also comes on-board as an effortless way of discovering and purchasing music. Also, with Mix Radio you can listen to pre-setup mixes of music and download them for listening on your phone later. There’s no login, no password and the library has hundreds of mixes and the ability of the user to create his/her own mix.
On to specs! The Nokia Lumia 800 is powered by a 1.4Ghz processor. Inside it packs 512MB of RAM, a 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED WVGA display, eight-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-led flash but unfortunately no front-facer, 16GB of internal user memory and 25GB of free SkyDrive storage for storing images and music. There’s also WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, micro-USB connector and a 1450 mAh battery.
It will be available in three colors: cyan, black and magenta for approximately 420 EUR (around $584). It will be available in November as it is currently being shipped to stores in UK, Germany, Spain, France, Italy and the Netherlands. Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan get it before the end of the year and additional markets will see the phone in early 2012. LTE and CDMA versions are also coming to specific local markets and as far as the U.S.A. is concerned, it will get it in early 2012.