Nokia Lumia 800 announced


London was the place to be yesterday if you are a Nokia fan – after all, that was where the Finnish phone manufacturing company held their Nokia World 2011 event that saw their flagship model, the Nokia Lumia 800, announced. This will be the first Windows Phone 7.5 Mango smartphone from their stable (alongside the Nokia Lumia 710, of course), boasting a physical design that is not too far off from that of the sleek looking MeeGo-powered N9.

It seems that initial impressions of the device have proved to be rather positive, letting it fall under the category of feeling better in real life than what it looks like on screenshots and online images. We will take a closer look at the Nokia Lumia 800 in the extended post.

Coming in a polycarbonate body that boasts all the relevant curves in the right places, you will not be able to go wrong (or at least your eyes won’t) with the bright AMOLED ClearBlack display that comes covered with toughened glass (Gorilla Glass) that stretches to the sides of the phone. Unlike other Windows Phone handsets, the Lumia 800 will come with physical Back, Start and Search buttons right on the front of the screen, being set in the glass so that the aesthetics are preserved to maintain a smooth surface overall.

It does not matter which color you choose from – black, cyan or magenta will still suit the overall design well. At the back lies an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics, where it is not only capable of shooting delicious looking stills, it can also record HD video at 30 frames per second. If you have a particularly interesting video or photo to post on your social network, that’s easily achieved with but a couple of taps on the interface.

Underneath the hood lies a single core 1.4GHz processor (makes sense since Windows Phone developers haven’t exactly programmed their software for multi-core use) alongside a graphics co-processor that will deliver a silky-smooth user experience. Other hardware specifications include 16GB of internal memory, cloud computing capability (25GB of free SkyDrive storage), quadband reception up to HSDPA 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, and a bunch of free software to greatly enhance its

Expect the Nokia Lumia 800 to hit Europe in November for 420 a pop, while the US will only receive it next year.

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