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Nokia Announces The Nokia Lumia 800, Touts As The “First Real Windows Phone”

by Emily Price | October 26, 2011October 26, 2011 4:05 am PDT

We’ve heard the rumors, seen the leaks, and now it’s official – Nokia’s ‘Sea Ray’ handset is finally a reality. Officially called the Nokia Lumia 800, the handset shares the same form-factor as the oh-so-sexy Nokia N9, while adding Windows Phone under the hood.

Spec-wise the Lumia 800 has a 3.7” AMOLED screen, 1.4GHz processor, and an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture (which allows it to let in tons of light in dark situations).

During the keynote this morning in London, Nokia CEO and President Steven Elop described the handset as “The First Real Windows Phone,” and there’s no denying it’s one of the nicest looking Windows Phones out there.

In addition to a pretty hot looking phone, with the 800 you also score three Nokia-specific features focusing on navigation, music, and sports.

Navigation: The Lumia 800 includes Nokia Drive for free, making it the only Windows Phone with free turn-by-turn directions. With Nokia Drive you can download maps at home to save on data charges while you on the road, but if you stray from your planned path, Drive will connect to your data network and download additional map information to get you back on track.

Music: Nokia Music offers Nokia customers something like a Pandora experience, with special “mixes” of tunes you can listen to based around a certain genre of music. There’s no login or subscription to listen to jams while you’re out and about, and music can be made available offline for listening to places like planes where you might not get a cell or Wi-Fi signal. Your favorite mixes can also be pinned to the home screen on the handset for easy access.

Sports: Nokia has partnered with ESPN for Nokia Sports Hub,  giving you quick up-to-date information on your favorite teams or favorite players in an easy-to-read format when you need it.

The estimated retail price for the Nokia Lumia 800 will be approximately 420 EUR, excluding taxes and subsidies. The handset will initially be available in pink, blue, and black and is shipping now (we actually saw one being put in a box in Finland to head out to retail stores) with plans to go on sale in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, and Germany in early November, and then Taiwan and Hong Kong at the beginning of next year.

Nokia will be releasing “a portfolio of products” in the U.S. in early 2012, no word on whether that portfolio will include the 800.

Nokia Lumia 800 Specs

  • 3.7″ AMOLED screen
  • 1.4GHz processor
  • 8-megapixel rear-facing camera (f/2.2)
  • WiFi
  • Micro USB
  • 16GB Built-in Storage (no microSD expansion)
  • Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR
  • USB 2.0 High-Speed
  • 3.5mm AHJ Connector
  • Bluetooth Stereo Audio

What do you think? Is the Nokia 800 lust-worthy?


Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...

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