Nokia’s Lumia 800 Now Available In The UK
Barely six months ago, Nokia announced their strategic partnership with Microsoft to adopt the Windows Phone OS as their primary smartphone operating system. This move signaled the death of Nokia’s Veteran Symbian OS, and Meego, their joint software development effort with Intel. Fast forward 6 months later to Nokia World, where the Nokia Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 were unveiled to the world accompanied by an all out advertising blitz in its first launch countries.
Its been two weeks since Nokia World, and today marks the official launch date of the Nokia Lumia 800. It’s currently available only in black with the magenta and blue option coming in a few weeks. The folks at WPCentral have reported lines outside of UK retail outlets for the Nokia Lumia 800. Now eager Nokia users and Windows Phone early adopters can begin to experience that Windows Phone Mango goodness. Other countries fortunate to be a part of the initial launch schedule include; France, Germany, Netherland and Italy. Nokia plans to launch its new Windows Phone devices worldwide in early 2012, with the United States getting unique LTE capable devices.
Bearing significant similarity with the Nokia N9 running Meego, the Lumia 800 sports a 3.7inch curved gorilla glass display. The Dell Venue Pro was the first Windows Phone to have a curved display but the Lumia 800′s glass’ curvature is more prominent and is accentuated by its seamless flush with the one piece polycarbonate body. Keeping up with the times, the Lumia 800 runs on a 1.4Ghz single core processor. What it lacks in features, such as a front facing camera and NFC functionality, it makes up with exclusive apps such as Nokia Drive and Nokia MixRadio. The Lumia 800 will go toe to toe with flagship Windows Phone devices like the Samsung Focus S and the HTC Titan.
Dubbed, the “First real Windows Phone”, the Lumia 800 is the first of many moves by Nokia to make a come back at being world leader in smartphones. After being ousted by Apple and Android vendors, Nokia has placed all their eggs in the Microsoft basket. This move involved a significant amount of money, in billions, put up by Microsoft to Nokia and Nokia having complete access to the Windows Phone code. In exchange, Microsoft hopes to see its Windows Phone OS gain more clout and mindshare in the crowded and dominant Robot and Apple world! Do you plan on picking up a Nokia Windows Phone? Let us know and tell us why in the comments.