Nokia was in a no-holds-barred mood, yesterday, when it unveiled the two new smart phones it has just added to its repertoire – the Lumia 800, previously known as the Sea Ray, and the Lumia 710 – in London.
In the reveal ceremony, Nokia CEO, Stephen Elop dubbed Lumia “the first real Windows Phone“. By no means a reality, this comment was a clear smack on the face for all previous companies which produced Windows Phones (like HTC).
Kevin Shields, another high-up official in the Nokia HQ demonstrated the dynamic tiles of Windows Phone, as opposed to an insignificant grid of icons that just sit there and show no dynamic behaviour. Another slap, this time in Apple’s face.
The officials also shed light on the new phone’s key features. The new smartphone is packing a 3.7-inch AMOLED touchscreen, a single-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM, 16 GB onboard storage, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity, micro-USB port, 8 megapixel camera with a f/2.2 Carl Zeiss lens and 720p video capture at 30 frames-per-second.
Nokia claims the handset has up to 9.5 hours of talk time and up to 55 hours of music playback. The phone also boasts Xbox Live integration, Microsoft Office and Nokia Drive turn-by-turn navigation, making it a smart sat-nav when you’re on the road.
The Lumia 800 is powered by the latest version of Windows Phone OS, known as Mango. Windows Phone OS is based around big colourful square tiles that update with the latest information, from the weather and headlines to social networking updates.
The Nokia Lumia 710, on the other hand, is the first ‘affordable’ Windows Phone‘ (according to Nokia). The 710 was unveiled today alongside the Nokia Lumia 800 in the long-awaited launch of Nokia’s Windows Phones.
The Lumia 710 has a few similar features to the 800 including a 3.7-inch TFT Touchscreen with 800-by-480 resolution, although the 710‘s display is TFT and not AMOLED. Both devices also have the same 1.4 GHz processor and 512MB RAM. The 710 also has 8GB internal storage, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity, micro-USB port.
The 710 has a talk time claim of up to 7 hours and up to 38 hours of music playback. The 710 also sports a back case can be swapped between interchangeable covers according to the colour of your mood.
The 710 is powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS (again Mango) and has three physical buttons beneath the screen: a back button, a search button and a Windows button.
So, which one will it be? Do you prefer the Nokia Lumia 800 or the affordable Nokia Lumia 710?