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Nokia Announces Lumia 800C, 610C Smartphones With CDMA Connectivity

Stephen Elop launches CDMA Lumias in China

Nokia has added another two handsets to its Lumia smartphone lineup this morning. The Lumia 800C and the Lumia 610C are the Finnish firm’s first Windows Phone handsets to offer CDMA connectivity, and they’ll be making their debut in China on China Telecom from next month.

As their names suggest, both devices are CDMA variants of Nokia’s existing Lumia 800 and Lumia 610 devices, and apart from that CDMA chip, they’re almost identical inside and out. Just like Nokia’s other Windows Phone handsets, they’ll come pre-loaded with Nokia Music, Nokia Drive, and Nokia Maps.

They’ll also feature a selection of applications and content exclusively “tailored for people in China,” according to Nokia CEO Stephen Elop:

“We’re excited to introduce our first Lumia smartphone, the Nokia 800C, to this important market with our exclusive launch partner, China Telecom. Working closely together, we’ve created a compelling, locally relevant experience on the Nokia 800C especially tailored for people in China.”

That content includes digital magazine downloads from Trends, and free access to FHM, Harper’s Bizarre, and Esquire. The first 100,000 customers will also get free Fruit Ninja and Plants vs. Zombies downloads via the Nokia Collections section in the Windows Phone Marketplace.

The Lumia 800C will hit China first, arriving in April for 3599RMB (approx. $571) SIM-free. The Lumia 610C will arrive during the second quarter of this year, but Nokia is yet to announce a price for this handset.

Of course, these new devices pave the way for other CDMA carriers — such as Verizon in the U.S. — to offer Nokia’s latest Windows Phone devices. However, we’re yet to receive any confirmation that this is part of Nokia’s future plans.

Would you like to see the Nokia Lumia 800C or the Lumia 610C on Verizon?

[via SlashGear]

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