Nokia has formally unveiled its first Windows Phone 7 mobile devices. CEO Stephen Elop took the wraps off the new devices at its London Nokia World 2011 special event. Two phones will be heading the Nokia charge, the Lumia 800 (Sea Ray) and the Lumia 710 (Sabre). Firstm let’s talk about the Lumia 800.
Just like the Lumia 710, the Lumia 800 has a quick 1.4GHz single-core Snapdragon processor matched with 512MB of RAM. The flagship Lumia 800, looks nearly identical to the Nokia N9 and comes with 16GB of storage and 25GB of free SkyDrive space. It also uses a 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display. On the rear of the device is an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera with a wide f2.2 aperture for taking quality images in low light conditions. It is capable of taking video at 720p.
The new phones, of course, run Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) and formally marks the end of the Symbian era and the beginning of Nokia’s focus on the ongoing development of Windows Phone mobile devices. The move to dump Symbian, Nokia’s in-house mobile OS, while painful for the company, was ultimately inevitable as the Symbian OS could not match the power and features of both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms.
The Lumia 800 will ship to France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK in November, before making rolling out to Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore and Taiwan, by the end of 2011. It will come in three colors (cyan, magenta and black) and retail for the equivalent of $585 and is already up for pre-order on Nokia’s website.